Meet Our Moms

Raising minor children while battling life-threatening cancer is difficult. Our mission is to provide support to mothers with cancer who also raise minor children. Our carefully designed programs benefit families during a time of uncertainty, change and sickness. Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation strives to help these families with financial assistance, group support, resource navigation, children's books about cancer and more. With community help we will lift spirits, provide hope and enhance quality of lives. Are you a mom with cancer raising minor children? Apply Here

Maria

Young mothers with any type of cancer face dual challenges. They are fighting for their lives while raising teens to young adults. Mothers like Maria find it difficut to do daily tasks such as taking kids to school, soccer and more. Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation has programs that support them during this time of need. Join me in welcoming Maria and her family to the group. To learn more about our programs, please click here.

Jessica

Young mothers with any type of cancer face dual challenges. They are fighting for their lives while raising toddlers to teens. Mothers like Jessica find it difficut to do daily tasks such as taking kids to school, soccer and more. Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation has programs that support them during this time of need. Join me in welcoming Jessica and her family to the group. To learn more about our programs, please click here.

Lisa

Young mothers with any type of cancer face dual challenges. They are fighting for their lives while raising toddlers to teens. Mothers like Lisa find it difficut to do daily tasks such as taking kids to school, soccer and more. Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation has programs that support them during this time of need. Join me in welcoming Lisa and her family to the group. To learn more about our programs, please click here.

Tatiana

Young mothers with any type of cancer face dual challenges. They are fighting for their lives while raising toddlers to teens. Mothers like Tatiana find it difficut to do daily tasks such as taking kids to school, soccer and more. Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation has programs that support them during this time of need. Join me in welcoming Tatiana and her family to the group. To learn more about our programs, please click here.

 

Melissa

"Strong For Others" is how I would describe Meilissa. Fighting cancer herself, she manages to also keep it together for her oncology patients. Melissa works as a healthcare worker in an oncology medical clinic. Serving cancer patients now has a new meaning for her since she is battling the serious disease herself. She will undoubtedly need support as she continues her therapy in the coming months. Join us in welcoming our new Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation mommy. She can rest assured knowing she has a community of support behind her. She will always have a home with MAMCF.

Gwen

Beautiful inside and out, single mom Gwen is ready to fight for her life. Recently diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer in October 2015, she has already prepared her fight plan! She will undoubtedly need support as she begins chemotheraphy this December. An army of friends and family stand behind Gwen including highschool friends (Founders of MAMCF). Join us in welcoming our newest Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation mommy. We want her to know that her and her children will not fight alone because they have a community of support behind her. She will always have a home with MAMCF.

Teresa

Imagine finding masses, urging your doctors to do something about it, fighting for appointments, and then learning the masses are malignant. With no family history or not knowng anyone with cancer, Teresa faces this new breast cancer diagnosis with much apprehension. "I don't know what to expect at all." The challenges Teresa will endure include multiple doctor appointments, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation will be there every step of the way to help her find resources, peer support, and recover to get better for her 4-year-old son who requires all her attention. 

Flor

Meet Flor, mother of 3 children ages 2,14, and 18. She was diagnosed with Stage 2 Thyroid Cancer in 2012. At first she was told it was easily curable and can be surgically removed. However, it had spread and she undergoes treatment including radiation. Her cancer center is an hour away. She makes this drive to fight for her children.  To add on to the stressors of having a chronic illness, her mother was recently diagnosed with a blood cancer. Flor meets multiple challenges, having cancer, raising minor children, and assisting an ill parent. With your help, we can provide individualized support to Flor and her family like providing grocery cards, gas cards, or even help with utilities on the months she needs an extra lift. Join us in fighting Flor's battle against cancer.

Kristine

Meet 31- year-old Kristine and her 2-year-old daughter. Kristine has been battling a rare form of Acute Promeyelocytic Leukemia since late December 2013. Only weeks prior, she was told she had Thyroid Cancer. Instead of going on play dates with her daughter or starting her career as a nurse practitioner, she has been in and out of hospitals receiving treatments, suffering side effects and losing her hair. We also learned that Kristine's mom is battling Lung Cancer. In between her treatments, she cares for Kristine's 2-year-old daughter. It has been a challanging start to the new year for Kristine.  We are here to support her and her family throughout her journey. Please welcome Kristine to our MAMCF family.

Jeanette

Meet Jeanette, a 33-year-old mother of children ages 9,11, and 13 who resides in New York. February 2013, Jeanette underwent emergency surgery to remove an ovary and a tumor which were feared to be positive for cancer. During her surgery, they noticed the ovary had "burst" and spread to her Fallopian tubes along with surrounding areas in her abdomen. Their fears were confirmed and she was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. Since then, she has had 2 surgeries and 6 rounds of aggressive chemotherapy.

Krista

Krista, mother of a 6-year-old boy, discovered a lump near her clavicle bone 18 months prior to being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She was only 29-years-old when she was diagnosed. The cancer quickly spread throughout her body. Since then she has gone through multiple rounds of chemotherapy. Just like all of our other moms, Krista faces daily pain and at times a loss of energy to care for her 4-year-old. Sometimes just sharing those trials with others who understand is profound.

Karine

Karine was operated on by nationally known Neurosurgeon Micthell Berger M.D. at the University Center San Francisco Medical Center. She is a 32 year old mother to a 14 year old boy. She was diagnosed with Insular Glioma Brain Cancer in 2008. This life saving surgery aims to expand her life span by 10 years vs the expected 18 months. Her best friend Erika Tischler has gone to great lengths to support Karine and her family. She reached out to us via Facebook to gain our assistance and support. Read her story published on the Charlotte Observer newspaper.

Yvonne

Yvonne has an amazing spirit and is a fighter. She has 3 minor children and a loving husband whose main job now is to care for her and her children. She has Stage 4 breast cancer and is only 33 years old. When first meeting Yvonne, she relayed how in high school she was never taught about cancer and how to possibly help prevent it. Yvonne's cancer was not hereditary, and so she wished she had made changes early on to avoid getting cancer. In honor of Yvonne, we created a program called My Body My Mission which target high schools kids and reinforces healthy behaviors of eating well and excercising regularly. 

Tina

Tina was diagnosed 2013 with Stage 1 Breast Cancer. She has 2 young boys and a very supportive husband. Tina discovered her cancer through self breast examination. She underwent a bilateral mastectomy in May and continues to recover. During that time, she was not able to work and so Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation assisted in getting her hair loss replacement, nutritional support, children's books, and peer support. Tina openly shares her story of going through chemotherapy and losing her hair.

Cynthia

Cynthia Mazariegos

In 2009, Cynthia was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a lumpectomy. Fortunately, it did not reach lymph nodes and therefore stayed stage 1. However, the following year the cancer was discovered again but this time in her Fallopian tubes. It quickly spread to her uterus. Through another diagnosic test, they discovered the cancer had spread to Cynthia’s liver. She was then told it was Stage 4. Shortly after learning this, she had to undergo microbeam chemotherapy. She responded well, so her PET scan or ultrasound showed that the tumors were now only lesions. We always hope and pray for the best with every PET scan. Cynthia has a giving heart and an amazingly positive attitude. She currently raises a foster child and also 3 boys.

Kelly

Kelly has Stage IV breast cancer and is also dealing with congestive heart failure. Her 12 year old autistic daughter helps transport her on a wheel chair so she can get around to her medical appointments. Thanks to your help, we have been able to provide financial assistance to her and her children. As a single mom, she struggles to maintain financial stability while battling this life-threatening disease. We provide her meal cards and cancer care resources from the American Cancer Society. Thank you to Susan G. Komen for referring Kelly to us.

Our Legendary Moms

Caitlin

Meet 32-year-old Caitlin and her 2-year-old son. In 2012,  Caitlin was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Since then, she has undergone a stem cell transplant and multiple rounds of chemotherapy. Caitlin reminds us that cancer strikes all ages and does not care if you have young children or have plans to travel the world. When it does hit, it affects everyone in the family. Caitlin discovered Mommy and Me through an internet search. She is an active member of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and was recently given a "Honored Hero" award. She wants to share her story and connect with other young moms experiencing the same life challenges. Please welcome Caitlin to our MAMCF Family.

 

Kesha

Kesha, mother of an 8 year-old beautiful girl, was diagnosed in 2012 with Breast Sarcoma Cancer. It has been over a year since her mastectomy, and in a short amount of time her disease quickly advanced. Her family and friends all support her and have reached out to Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation for further support. Together as a community we can help Kesha's family. 

Christianne

Meet Christianne, a 36-year-old mother of 3 minor children. Her children know her as '"MOMMY." We call her "fighter." Her personal medical mission is to fight stage 4 colon cancer. She was diagnosed in 2011 and has since endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy. She was told her cancer is terminal, but she refuses to give up for she has three minor children ages, 4, 10, and 12 who need her. When a mother is sick, young children are affected in many ways.

Carina

Carina reminds us that cancer affects anyone, even young moms. Meet 17 year old Mommy & Me Cancer Foundation teen mom Carina Estrada, who is battling leukemia. Only a few months after giving birth to a beautiful baby girl, she discovered she had cancer. Instead of changing diapers and watching her baby girl learn to crawl, she has been at the hospital literally fighting for her life. She joined Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation in September 2013, and is one of many young moms battling cancer that we support. http://mamcf.org/meet-our-moms

Desiree

Desiree is Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation's very first MAMCF mom. Desiree also known as "Deigh" had a vibrant spirit and a knack for fashion. She was well known for her energy and strength. Founding fathers of MAMCF were captivated by her cancer journey stories. Many of our programs were designed based on Desiree's concerns as a cancer patient and a mother of a 4-year-old girl. Desiree battled Stage 4 breast cancer. Although she no longer lives with us, she leaves behind a legacy that will continue through MAMCF.

Cynthia

Cynthia Petelo

Cynthia had Stage IV Jejunum Cancer. She battled this unique cancer for nearly 3 years. She was a school psychologist and had a fighting spirit. She was best known for her dedication to her children and husband Paco. Together they raised beautiful children who love gymnastics just as she did. Her beautiful ceremony was held at First Christian Church in Huntington Beach, Ca. She has inspired many mothers to be there for your kids despite any struggles.  She has a 14-year-old son, an 11-year-old daughter, a loving husband and a huge support system of family and friends.

Carmela

Carmela Ocampo Tuason

Carmela had Stage 4 Cervical Cancer. Carmela, also known as La, passed on Mother’s Day 2013 and leaves behind a wonderful husband Chris and a beautiful 4-year-old son. We will always remember Carmela and her giving spirit. She was a personal friend of founder Jennifer Boyd and a close peer to Desiree, another one of our beneficiaries. She left her stamp on earth through her organization called WeHeartLa.org., an non-progit organization created by Carmela's best friend's Michelle and Desiree.

Rowena

 Rowena Ramos

Rowena was diagnosed with Stage IV Bile Duct Cholangiocarcinoma and has two children, a four and five year old. Her wonderful husband JJ has expressed his gratitude for the help that the MAMCF community offered. Please Visit Rowena’s blog, Strong 4 Wena.  She recently passed, but her spirit will always be with us. Wena was a Eucharistic Minister and loved to spend quality time with friends and family.

Monica

Monica passed shortly after Carmela. She struggled with Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer which spread throughout her body including her liver and kidney. She has a 4-year-old boy who has her beautiful blue eyes.  Her husband Michael has an amazing attitude and a positive outlook on life despite his struggles as her primary caretaker. Monica Padua's story wasle published in the OC REGISTER, and written by one of our dedicated volunteers Armando Torres Pina. http://www.ocregister.com/sections/login/

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