"Hearing those words, ‘You have cancer,’ when you have young children, puts you in a dimension like outer space. You just go to a place that nobody can imagine.” Audrey Guth speaks from experience. Audrey, a mother of four, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. While sitting in a room waiting for her treatment, she noticed a young mother. Her daughter was about two and a half and she was pulling the scarf off of her bald head. She wondered “How can she get better when she has to take care of a young child? There's no time off when you have a toddler.” Guth's observation inspired her to create The Nanny Angel Network.
The Nanny Angel Network
Audrey Guth owns a nanny agency that operates across Canada. She leveraged what she knew from operating a nanny agency to start The Nanny Angel Network. The Nanny Angel Network provides free relief nanny services to women who are battling cancer. Moms are heroes but even heroes need help sometimes. Each mom receives free relief nanny services from the time of diagnosis until they are fully recovered. Unfortunately, some moms don't recover. Nanny Angels continue to support their children for one year following their death. The volunteers selected to be Nanny Angels are professionals who go through a unique vetting and training program to learn how to support kids grieving the loss of a healthy mom and a normal life. “A mother will always cancel her medical appointments if she can't arrange childcare, or if her child is sick,” says Guth. By caring for and supporting the children, Guth hopes that it allows the mother the time to rest and to focus on getting well, while allowing her children to be kids, just a little longer. “We created a vision where no mother would ever have to choose between her own health and caring for her children.”