In 2003, 32 year old Cathy Gabrielsen found out she had breast cancer. Her treatments included a mastectomy and radiation. In addition to the physical and emotional scars her illness and its care left her with, Gabrielsen had to face another trauma when she lacked the strength to provide the care to her one and three year old sons that both she and they craved.
“She had a big social network of friends from the area,” says Cuddle My Kids Vice-President and Director of Development Colleen Bucci. “But even with a group of friends, you are still limited with what you can do with young kids. There are basic needs you need to fulfill.”