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Jerene Mortensen, mother of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greg Mortensen, was at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hammond on Thursday to talk about her son's work. She wore traditional Pakistani dress to the event. Photo by Laura Kruse

Behind every Nobel nominee is a proud mom

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Greg Mortenson has been honored with Pakistan's highest civilian award, is nominated for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize and has a current New York Times bestseller.

He and his organization are responsible for 80 schools being built and the education of thousands of girls. He's survived fatwas against him and a kidnapping.

His mom couldn't be more proud.

Jerene Mortenson, Greg's mother, was at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hammond on Thursday to discuss her son and his work.

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