Meet Our Moms
The magnificent women we’ve been privileged to bless, who have touched us and countless more along the way.
Ilene is a wife and mom with a 7-year-old daughter. Ilene was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and it progressed to stage IV metastatic cancer.
Ilene and her family LOVE everything Disney. Her wish was to go on a Disney cruise with her family to make lasting memories and leave cancer behind for a few days. Ilene’s wish was granted in July 2017.
Jodi is from Louisiana and has 3 precious daughters and a wonderful husband. She was first diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer about 3 years ago. Then last year she was in so much pain and learned that a tumor had broken her neck. MD Anderson then diagnosed Jodie with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. Her wish was simple. She wanted to spend time with family and relax on the beach in Pensacola, Florida. Her wish was granted in June 2017.
Amy is from Indiana and is married with 4 children. She was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in June 2106. She had 3 tumors and 1 spread to her liver. She just had a bilateral mastectomy a few months ago. Her wish was to take her family to the beach so they could laugh and have fun. Her wish to Panama City, Florida was granted in July 2017.
Patty is a 49 year-old mom. She and her husband, Jordan, have two children, Matthew (13) and Natalie (7). Patty has stage IV metastatic adenocarcinoma of the breast with mets to the bones and peritoneal area. She was diagnosed in September 2014 and had surgery in 2015. Prior to stopping work, Patty worked in healthcare most of her adult life.
Patty’s wish was to get away on vacation to create family memories. They went to a resort in Cancun, Mexico. The family got to see the Mayan ruins, snorkel, swim in the ocean and an underground river, see all kinds of tropical fish and enjoy the pool. We are so happy the Thomases’ had time away as a family to have fun and forget about the issues back home.
Kari was diagnosed in 2015 with stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer at the age of 37. It has spread to her bones and liver. She has a 10 year old son and a 20 year old son who is in the Army. She was unable to travel far so they planned a family getaway in their home state of North Carolina. They are visiting the Christmas lights at the Biltmore estate and staying in the area for a couple of days. Then they will be headed to the the Great Wolf lodge for a post Christmas vacation. The whole family will get to spend time together for Kari’s wish.
Meet Jennifer: She was first diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2012, and then was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer this past February. She has not been home to Indiana in 23 years. Her wish is to take her 2 children back home to see family and to see snow for the first time. Jennifer will spend time making memories and showing her kids where she grew up this Christmas!