Why Critters For The Cure was born.
Ali Stark, my very best friend, lost her 34-year battle with breast cancer on Monday, September 7, 2009. Ali was my inspiration for founding Critters For The Cure.
Ali was my son's kindergarten teacher. I trusted her to mold and develop Jason's future; his thirst for knowledge and learning. We developed a close friendship. My memories of her are full of times spent laughing until our sides hurt, arguing until we were exhausted, and crying until there were no there were no tears left.
In the last ten years of her life, Ali progressed from Stage I to Stage IV. Through it all, Molly, her standard poodle, stayed faithfully by her side. Molly gave Ali the unconditional love and support that she needed as she fought the battle for her life.
In a crazy sort of way, Ali was lucky. She had excellent insurance, which kept her from facing certain financial ruin. And she had a powerful support system. But during her treatment, we met too many women without adequate insurance or the necessary support system. As time passed, we decided we had to help these women.
CFTC was born in the Spring of 2004.
It's been over a decade, and thanks to supporters like you, we have helped over 1,000 local women in need - both financially and emotionally. I'm excited to see what the future holds in store for CFTC.