Payton Anela Cantor Nutt is the love of her mommy’s life.
“Jan. 1, 2012 here she was, she had her own agenda. And she is about 15-and-a-half months old today and she is just the joy of my life,” Payton’s mother Leilani Cantor Nutt said.
Just five days after her birth, Payton and Leilani paid a visit to the graveside of her father, Kevin Nutt, who lost a battle with cancer. He wished one thing on his death-bed.
“Will you promise me that you will at least try once? And he had passed January 2011. And I was thinking about it and I thought, ‘You know what… I’m just going to go for it,’” Leilani said.
Payton was conceived through in vitro fertilization. As a single parent, Leilani decided to see if Payton qualified for survivor benefits from Social Security. She was initially rejected, but…
“I just got a call from her last week saying she got an email saying it was approved. And I told her that was the best news ever,” Leilani said.
About $1,400 a month in benefits will now go to young Payton. And it might be precedent setting. Last year, a Florida woman’s similar claims were rejected and Leilani didn’t think she would get the benefits either.
“I think it’s fair. And it’s a matter of being able to have that right for her because Kevin, like we were talking about before, had worked really hard,” Leilani said.
This gift of life has been a real gift for the single mom.
“I mean there is so much of him in her, that I see him every day.”