While going through treatment for breast cancer last year, Audrey Guth, looked around and noticed an essential service lacking: childcare relief for young mothers undergoing breast cancer treatment.
As president of Diamond Personnel, the nanny agency she founded 21 years ago, childcare is always on Guth’s radar.
“I saw an opportunity to give back to women who were less fortunate than I was,” says Guth, who raised four children of her own, but says she couldn’t have done so and run her successful business without having nannies of her own.
So Guth founded the Nanny Angel Network. The charity, which launched two weeks ago, provides mothers who are in treatment for breast cancer or in the early stages of recovery and who have children under the age of 12, but who cannot afford a nanny, the chance to get some much-needed help.
“They need to be able to engage the kids right away as it’s a very stressful time for the whole family,” says Guth.
Funded by Rethink Breast Cancer, the Nanny Angel Network is one of the first of its kind in North America. Nanny Angels are available in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver, and many agencies in the U.S. have contacted Guth about implementing the network there. For more information, visit www.nannyangelnetwork.com.