A girl born four months after her mother died is marking another major milestone.
Caralyn Yoho was being carried to term by a surrogate when her mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Though doctors gave her a 3% chance of survival, she never gave up.
“It doesn't matter what they tell me, I realize, I know mentally that I'm good. I'm still ready to go,” Laura Yoho said.
When she died, Nate Yoho knew it would be tough, but he was excited to meet their daughter.
“She was such an amazing person that I think a piece of her deserves to live on,” Nate Yoho said.
Within hours of Caralyn’s birth, Nate made a promise.
“She's going to know how hard her mother tried to be there for her and what kind of person she was,” Nate Yoho said. “And I hope she looks just like her and acts just like her, and I can tell her all about her mom.”
Five years later, that little girl is starting kindergarten and reminding her dad so much of his late wife.
“When you see it, it's like, ‘Woah.’ That was her right there,” Nate Yoho said. “They never met, don't know a thing, so it's really cool to see those natural things come out in her.”
When Caralyn falls on the playground, he sees her mother’s resilience.
“She still gets back up with a smile on her face, and it's the same story of Laura with battling her cancer,” Nate Yoho said.
Laura Yoho’s little girl is certainly every bit as determined as the mom she didn’t get to meet.