Newtown mom to attend State of the Union in D.C.

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A mom from Newtown will be a guest of honor at the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. Tuesday.

Bridget Sclafani spends her weekends lending a hand at Bagel Delight in Newtown and her days organizing events to help families dealing with cancer.

Sclafani will be Rep. Jahana Hayes' guest at the State of the Union address.

She connected with Hayes at a town hall meeting last month when she shared the story of losing her husband to brain cancer and starting a foundation to help other families cope.

That night, the mom handed the congresswoman a copy of the coin she buried with her husband.

“I said ‘The back of it says hope,’” Sclafani said. “I said ‘ because without that hope for six years, I wouldn’t be here today.’”

Then Sclafani received a phone call.

"She said, 'We would just like to extend an invitation to you to the State of the Union,'" said Sclafani. "And I thought 'You mean the one that the president does and everyone is there?' And they said 'Yes, she is allowed one guest and she would like it to be you.' And ... I was speechless."

When Sclafani arrives in D.C. Tuesday, she says she will visit her father's grave before heading to some meetings and receptions leading up to the address.

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