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Foundation helps cancer-stricken families

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By: Kayla Bremer

A group at UNL is working to help relieve stress from families while they fight the ultimate battle against cancer.

It's a non-profit that aims to help anyone who's struggling with cancer, and make their lives just a little bit easier.  The LisaMom Foundation's volunteers are looking for families to help.

Many of the students in the foundation know first hand of the pain and sorrow that comes with losing a parent.

"Losing a parent is you know, the worst thing that somebody can go of the worst things at least," LisaMom Foundation member Carl Post said.  "So you know, definitely have a soft spot for helping cancer patients and do as much as you can to help them."

Now, Post is just one of about twenty students at UNL looking to revitalize the foundation.

They look for families who need extra aid while a parent is undergoing cancer treatment.  The students find a nanny for the family and also help with providing meals and cleaning the home.

"The organization just really steps up and kind of takes the stress off the family and tries to help them out," member Kyle Kaluza said.

The foundation was started in 1999 in Omaha after Lisa Braddock died from breast cancer.  Her nurse and nanny, Connie Davison, came up with the idea and went on to serve several other families before it was temporarily disbanded.

Fast forward more than a decade and now Lisa's daughter, Marisa, is a student at the university and part of the foundation.

Like Marisa and Carl, Murphy Larson also lost a parent to cancer.  She says her nanny helped in ways very similar to what she hopes this group can do for others.

"It was such a blessing and I just want to be able to help other families have and kind of maintain their stability during the most hectic time of their lives," Larson said.

If you're interested in donating, becoming a family of the LisaMom Foundation, or would like more information, the link to their web site and facebook page are listed below.!/pages/LisaMom-Foundation/247961535285153?fref=ts

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