Dear Friends of Mommies In Need,
First of all I want to thank you for taking the time to visit this site and learn more about the work we are doing to help sick moms. It is amazing to me to see how quickly this idea has grown into a fully functioning non-profit, and I give a lot of the credit for that to the hundreds of people who have supported us with their time, money, encouragement, and prayers. Every day, I am overwhelmed with gratitude that a promise to a friend in her hospital room has blossomed into an organization that is making a life-changing difference for mothers who are going through a health crisis.
I know how much sick moms need childcare help because I have been down that road myself. I have had a long string of health problems including thyroid cancer, ulcerative colitis, and the removal of three major organs in three years all while being a stay-at-home mommy to twin toddlers. If you want some background on my personal story, you can get the basics here.
Through all of my horrible medical issues, I always knew how fortunate I was that we could afford to hire a nanny to get me through the worst of it. And I felt a huge burden lifted off of me because I could focus on taking care of myself. I could be there for my girls as much as possible, but have confidence that if I hit a wall and had to go lay down, or got dizzy, or nauseous, my kids were in good hands. I can’t even begin to describe how much I needed this help, and I am not exaggerating when I say I am not sure I could have gotten through the last few years without a nanny.
When my friend Annie found herself back in the hospital following surgical complications, and could not afford full time help to get her through the rest of her surgeries and chemo, I knew I had to do something. Earlier that week, my family’s previous nanny, Bekah, had let me know that she was looking for a job, and in that hospital room I told Annie that I was hiring Bekah to take care of her kids for at least two weeks. I had no idea how I was going to do that, but I committed to it and started fundraising.
So Mommies In Need was born. And those two weeks of childcare turned into six months of help for her, so she got through her entire chemo treatment and recovery with a wonderful nanny for her kids. What started as a promise to a friend has grown into a state and federally recognized tax exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has funded nannies for over 7,000 hours of help to 15 different families in our first two years of operation.
As a former Mommy In Need myself, let me assure you that every bit of time and money that you can donate to this cause makes a true impact not only on the lives of these moms, but also on the well-being of their kids. I cannot overstress the importance of having the consistency of a regular, caring, well-trained nanny to help the children keep their lives as “normal” as possible while their world is turned upside-down by their mom’s illness.
Thank you to all of you for your support,
Founder & President
Mommies In Need, Inc.