AUGUST 18, 2010
Valley single moms with cancer needed for survey
Participation in confidential online survey will help Singleton Moms provide better domestic, financial and emotional support to
single mothers with cancer
SCOTTSDALE – Valley single mothers with cancer are being sought to participate in a brief confidential online survey to help the non-profit organization Singleton Moms better serve them.
Singleton Moms provides domestic, financial, and emotional support to single mothers with cancer in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Long-time friends Andy Royal and Jody Farley-Berens co-founded Singleton Moms in November 2006 after they lost their dear friend, Michelle Singleton, to cancer. Through their personal experiences with Michelle, the two friends discovered that aid based organizations were few and far between.
“We want to hear from single mothers with cancer,” said Jody Farley-Berens, Singleton Moms’ executive director. “We estimate there are some 5,000 just in the Valley, but no hard data exists. We know that many of them do not have good support systems. In fact, when we polled the Moms we have served, we learned that 35 percent of their husbands left them after diagnoses and 54 percent of them don’t receive child support.”
Single mothers with cancer are encouraged to complete a brief, confidential survey at www.SingletonMoms.org. The survey will be online through Dec. 31 in order to promote participation and allow for sufficient time to gather data.
“By no means is this a scientific survey, but our hope is to receive as much feedback as possible from Valley single Moms with cancer. Ultimately, this will help us better serve them,” she said.
Singleton Moms also recently kicked off its “Gimme Five” campaign, whereby supporters can donate just $5 per month to help the non-profit provide care to single mothers with cancer, allowing them to focus on recovery.
“While we accept all donations, the $5 monthly recurring donations help us better budget for how many mothers we can provide service to at one time. This is important because our waiting list is growing,” Farley-Berens said.
For more details, call Singleton Moms at 602-743-8873 or visit their website at www.SingletonMoms.org.