After we lost Carin the three of us knew two things for sure - First, we wanted to do something to remember her always and second we wanted to help other parents going through the same challenges she had, but with a personal approach.
Our thoughts steamrolled and CMF was created in 2014. We had learned from our experience and knew we could provide so much more support than what was out there. The prospect of having the life you love suddenly taken away from you is terrifying. Cancer can take away from the everyday joys, just in a snap of a finger - as soon as you receive that devastating diagnosis. CMF is pushing back! Helping to care and support moms and their families so that joy can thrive while they stay focused on each other and treatment. Our goal is less stress, less worry, and more resources to make this difficult time in life more manageable. A new generation of survivors that go on happier, cared for, financially more stable, and part of a community with other fighters who were right there with them.
“Mommyhood” years with young kids are some of the best days of our lives. Sticky kisses, play dates, cuddles and crazy stories only other parents can relate to. Great girlfriends are a lifeline! They’re the ones you turn to when you need to laugh about the chaos, vent about the exhaustion and help you rationalize small things like brownies for lunch are, in fact, perfectly acceptable. So when we found out our best friend Carin had cancer, we were right there with her. Couch hangouts, laughs, good tea... she wasn’t in it alone! That 2 1/2 years felt like a roller coaster of highs and lows and our tribe tightened. She had all the same daily demands as us AND was fighting a disease that came with emotional mayhem, constant physical effects, and more appointments then most of us will have in a lifetime. It took a village and the challenges were endless. So many things to be strategized, considered, focused on and attended to. It’s a lot for anyone but quite the mountain for a family with young kids.
When cancer hit Carin, she fought for her life and made sure to enjoy all of her time with her children and family. She was a force to be reckoned with, determined to do things for herself, only relying on the help of others when they wouldn't take "no" for an answer. Her perservarance, drive, and fighting spirit will never be forgotten.