Michelle was first diagnosed with cervical cancer at age 18. Over the past two decades she has bravely fought the disease with both success and setbacks. Sadly, in 2015, she was given only a few months to live. Michelle reached out to Family and Child Services in Schenectady for assistance. Her primary caregiver is her 17-year-old son, Travis. Family and Child Services’ “Homemaker” program is funded by the United Way of the Greater Capital Region. Today, Michelle and her son receive homemaker services which includes light cleaning, laundry, etc. to help keep the home in order and allow Travis to spend quality time with his mom or receive some respite for himself.
"There’s a waiting list...If it wasn’t for United Way, my son would have to be doing all of this and that’s the worst thing for a mother, to have to see your son take care of everything when he should really be out there being a teenager”
Michelle was a long time participant in United Way Workplace Campaigns. For her...it’s come full circle.
United Way Platform: Health
Focus Area: Independant Living
Funded Agency: Family & Child Services of Schenectady
“Now I look back and find that I should have donated more. I should have helped out more, because I never realized how many people really need this help."