In Honor of
Annie Lehnert Nace
On February 14, 2018, we lost our very first Mommy, Annie, after a 4 year battle with cancer.
Annie was an amazing woman and a good friend. She loved and supported me through my own cancer diagnosis, my surgeries, and some of the darkest days of my life. She had an unshakable and inspiring faith and a strength of spirit that is rare and beautiful.
I will never forget the phone call I got from our mutual friend saying that many of Annie’s friends were trying to figure out what they could do to help her and asking if I had any ideas about how we might get consistent childcare for her. That was the moment I felt a call on my heart, the first spark of an idea that would eventually become Mommies In Need.
When I went to her hospital room to tell her I had a nanny I wanted to send to her and that we would raise money to pay for it, I asked her to trust me. At that time my idea didn’t have a name yet, it did not have a board or staff or 501(c)3 status. I didn’t even have much of a plan other than we would start sending her a nanny and figure out the details as we went along. But she said yes- and that was how Mommies In Need was born.
Our nanny helped with Annie’s beautiful children, Morgan and Cooper, through her first round of chemo and again when she got her second diagnosis for a total of 1,700 hours or almost 11 months of full-time childcare.
Annie fought this disease long and hard and never gave up. I am heartbroken for all those she left behind but I take comfort in knowing that she can finally rest. Annie was a true blessing in my life and in the lives of so many others. Without her bravery and willingness to trust, Mommies In Need would not exist.
In the last four years, Mommies In Need has served 28 families with over eleven thousand hours of childcare. 11,000 hours.
With Annie’s Angels, we are creating a way for people to honor her by supporting moms who are facing situations like hers. We will keep a running total of how many hours of childcare have been donated in Annie’s name as well as Annie’s Angel Wall, a space where we will publish tributes and notes of love, support, and remembrances for her and her family. My hope is that Annie’s Angel Wall will be a way to continually remember Annie and a way for her family to see just how much she was loved.
In loving memory,
Natalie Boyle, founder of Mommies In Need