After working as a Registered nurse in Pediatrics for fourteen years, I left to care for my son, Jake when he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in 1998. Although I had extensive experience in caring for children with cancer, I never imagined I would have to put my skills to work caring for my own child. It was during Jake’s journey through treatment that I had the pleasure of meeting Laura Sypek and her family. Laura’s strength and courage inspired Jake to keep fighting, as he did bravely for almost 5 years. He lost his battle with this horrendous disease September 15, 2003.
I returned to nursing shortly after Jake’s passing, but left after 2 ½ years to concentrate on a completely different career; the metal fabrication industry. I have been the Owner/President of Avid Ironworks, Inc. since 2006. I became a certified welder and gained certification as a Woman Business Enterprise. My flexible work schedule has provided me the opportunity to care for my daughter Jordan, while building this business with my husband, David.
My personal experience with Neuroblastoma has been the driving force behind my decision to join this amazing organization. I am honored to be a board member for the Soupy for Loopy Foundation. I plan on using my personal experiences as well as my connections in the business community to help in the mission to find a cure for Neuroblastoma.
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