A ballet teacher and aspiring interior designer, Amy is also a 37-year-old single mother of two beautiful children, Isaiah, eight, and Esther, six. Both are full of energy, and music-loving Esther follows closely in her mom’s creative footsteps.
In 2014, Amy noticed something was off and went to the doctor, where she received a misdiagnosis. In 2015, she finally heard the correct, yet devastating, news – she had colon cancer. After undergoing significant treatment, Amy was declared cancer free and was ready to settle back into work. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before her scans revealed new tumor growth.
Finding her footing
In early 2017, Amy began her second round of intensive treatment including major surgery that resulted in a permanent colostomy. Again, she put her dreams of being an interior designer on hold and resigned from her position as a dance teacher.
Since the passing of her father (and primary support system) last year, Amy has had to bring herself to and from treatment. She is completely independent during her cancer journey.
As the sole caretaker of her children, times are tough. Isaiah is autistic and requires a great deal of attention and care. Between childcare, transportation and housing, the financial and emotional burden is overwhelming. While in treatment, Amy juggles all of this stress alone.
Family Reach stepped in and provided a grant to cover Amy’s rent along with additional money for food and gas during this time of frequent hospital visits.
“Thank you soooooo much! My kids are excited as well. I know this will help us tremendously! You guys are a blessing,” said Amy.
An extremely hardworking, fearless woman, Amy shows us what it truly means to be courageous.