March 28th, 2014
09:27 AM ET

'Mary Poppins' For Moms Who Have Cancer

It was confirmation of her worst fears: The lump Audrey Guth found on her breast turned out to be cancer.

"When you get the news that you have cancer, as a mom your life turns upside down," Guth said. "The first thing you think about (is) your children."

Fortunately for Guth, her adult children could support themselves while she underwent treatment. But she quickly learned that not all mothers were as lucky.

"I saw so many moms sitting there with their children on their laps, pulling their clothing," Guth said. "I thought, 'This is not a place for children.' "

With a background running a nanny agency, Guth knew she could help. In 2008, she started the Nanny Angel Network, a nonprofit that provides free in-home childcare for mothers who have cancer.

"Mothers who are diagnosed with cancer are caregivers who suddenly find themselves in need of care," said Guth, 59. "Our program allows mothers the freedom to take a rest, because that's what they need the most to get better."

Since 2008, her organization has helped more than 300 moms in and around Toronto.

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