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Making a Difference One Family at a Time

Nankind Nanny Angel Volunteer Delaney Reid

Volunteers like Delaney are the heartbeat of NAN. We couldn’t help moms with cancer and their kids without their unwavering support.

Delaney joined the Nanny Angel Network (now Nankind) with the hope of brightening the lives of families through their cancer journey. However, when she began volunteering she no idea of the positive reciprocal impact it would have on her.

I was placed with a most incredible family. I was always amazed by their upbeat attitude, and positive response to such simple gestures as: a smile, an arts & craft session, a PJ party or just building a snowman together. While I felt I was making a difference as a Nanny Angel, I found that my time with this family had the added personal benefit of strengthening my heart and nourishing my soul.

Being a volunteer has allowed Delaney to follow her passion for guiding and supporting children, who often can’t fully comprehend the issues faced by families experiencing a parent with cancer, even more so during these trying times. “To be able to add a little fun and excitement to their lives each week, seems to lift their burden of uncertainty.  It warms my heart each time I see their smiles or frequent expressions of ‘thank you’ both verbal and implied.”

For Delaney volunteering with NAN is an experience that is as humbling as it is rewarding. “My attempts to make a positive difference in the lives of mothers and their families, during these difficult times, are intended as a gift to them, but the reality is that I get back as much as I give.”

My hope as a volunteer is to help ease the worry, pain and unknown on any given day. Knowing that I made a positive impact on someone’s life, even if for a brief moment, is an emotionally enriching experience that cannot be matched by any other.