MPW.66 / 2014 A Missouri Mama to Many by Monica Herndon
Photographer
Monica Herndon Highland Beach, Maryland
Team Eppridge

Story Summary

Birth mother of three, surrogate mother of many, single mom Victoria Valdez, 42, fiercely protects her ever-growing brood. Working double shifts at Maria’s Mexican Restaurant to support her family, she rarely catches a moment of respite. Though her long hours take a toll, Victoria’s will never falters. Her kids are her priority; their safety and success are her number one concern. Their lives are fraught with highs and lows, leaving Victoria wistful for a more peaceful time.