Give Young Moms with Cancer an Angel
When a young mother is diagnosed with cancer, her first thoughts are usually “What about my kids? Who will take care of them if I am ill? Will I get to see them grow up?”
We are the Nanny Angel Network, a grass roots charitable organization that provides free relief childcare to young moms with cancer. We fill a gap in the healthcare system, allowing young moms dealing with a cancer diagnosis a much needed chance to rest and recover.
"Going through cancer treatment was overwhelming, and I tried hard to minimize the impact it had on my young children. I couldn’t have gotten through everything without the support from friends, family, and benevolent organizations like the Nanny Angel Network. I truly valued the caring, compassionate and professional care my children received from our Nanny Angels. They made a difficult situation more bearable and reminded us how acts of kindness can change lives."
Nanny Angel Mom
The Nanny Angel Network (NAN) is the only organization of its kind in Canada to provide free in-home childcare support for mothers who have been diagnosed with cancer. Launched in 2009, NAN has helped 92 families through its network of trained professional nanny volunteers. Initially targeted to help mothers with breast cancer, NAN has expanded the scope of its mandate to include support for all cancers.
Over the past two years, the Nanny Angel network has served diverse communities of moms with varying levels of needs. Using community-centric and culturally appropriate approaches, NAN has been able to provide moms with compassionate relief child care services that help moms feel assured that their children are in safe hands. Cancer mothers have been able to focus on receiving medical treatments; visiting their doctors; and taking the time to catch up on their rest to expedite their recovery.
The “Angels Spread Their Wings” initiative is an effort to ensure we can continue to deliver this support to moms who need help, while developing a sustainable model for our program in the Greater Toronto Area to be replicated in communities across Canada.