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The impact he could make in Washington, a city that was estimated to have 22,000 single mothers and 4,700 single fathers in 2011, according to census numbers, seems obvious.

Wilson chuckles at the symmetry. Her son, born in Washington almost by accident — she was visiting friends and family when she went into labor — is now in a position to help those in that same city.

“He saw the struggles and all that I had to do,” Wilson said. “Now he tells me all the time how much he appreciates me doing what I did. And I wouldn’t trade it for nothing, being honest with you. I did what any ‘good’ parent would do.”

“She’s always taught us to help people,” Span said. “Always taught me to use my stage, use who I am, and try to uplift somebody or try to reach somebody any way I can.”