Since its beginnings in Phoenix, Arizona in 2005, Michelle’s Love has remained focused in its drive and purpose. Fueled by donations and volunteers, they provide practical care and support for single moms undergoing treatment for cancer. With meal preparation and cleaning services, this group helps to meet critical needs for the parents they serve.
Born Out of Loss
After watching her best friend, Michelle, battle the disease that ultimately claimed the young mom of four, Andy McCandless set out to make a difference for other women in the fight of their lives. Now expanded into Portland, Oregon, Michelle’s Love seeks to meet basic needs for the parents in their care so they can focus on treatment and getting well.
Cleaning Service, Rental Assistance, and Food Delivery
Once someone is accepted into the program, the organization pays their rent, cleans their home, and provides some meals for the family. Occasionally other needs arise for the parents that Michelle’s Love serves, such as car repairs or yard work. Whenever possible, the network of volunteers and supporters meet those needs too.
To qualify for assistance from Michelle’s Love, the recipient must be a single parent undergoing treatment for cancer. They must have been working at the time of their diagnosis, but they do not need to be working while receiving services. The organization is very focused in its mission and is careful to use its resources wisely to meet the specific needs of housing and meals.
How to Help
Michelle’s Love relies primarily on two fundraising events each year. During October each year, volunteers organize “Step Up Your LOVE” events in which they get sponsors for walking, running, or biking for their goal distances. In the spring each year is the organization’s “Share the Love” dinner and silent auction. This fun evening for couples is a fantastic way to support the group’s work and mission. The popular local eatery, The Buffalo Gap, hosts this incredible event each year.
The group is able to accomplish everything it does thanks to a vast corps of volunteers. They show up to make and deliver meals, clean homes, pull weeds, and pay the rent for the parents during their time in treatment. As one mom said, “I don’t know what I would have done without the love and constant giving of this organization.”
Parents the world over will forgo many things they want and even need in order to provide for their children. But when a parent undergoes treatment for cancer, they must be able to focus on their needs if they are going to heal. Many parents do not have the means to do this, however. They are trying to raise children by themselves and still somehow manage to make time for their own significant health needs. Things fall through the cracks. Michelle’s Love seeks to fill that gap for parents. In Michelle’s honor, this group serves tirelessly and lovingly so parents can heal.