My first blog post naturally begins with a discussion of the name.  How did this new non-profit organization end up with the name, The Mayday Foundation? What prompted this selection and what meaning does it impart to the mission of the organization?

Credit for the organization’s name goes to Jane Goldberg, my mother and (now professional) cold cap changer.  During chemotherapy, which is a LOT of hours sitting in a chair, philanthropy kept surfacing as a topic of conversation. Our discussion centered around returning a gift to the community in a meaningful way. While it took awhile for the idea to morph into what is today known as The Mayday Foundation, the genesis came from those hours spent together with my mom and my sister.

Mayday is a call for help, a way to reach out to mariners in the sea who may be available to assist a flailing ship.  Today, donors are a helping hand grabbing a cancer patient and his or her family before it sinks.  We respond to the request for rescue with financial support to prevent the disintegration of a family into the depths of bankruptcy.

The month of May is also significant to me and my family.  Both of my daughters were born this month and I had my first chemo treatment in May 2017.

For these reasons, The Mayday Foundation seems a natural fit for the services we are providing to cancer patients in western Washington.


The Mayday Foundation is a 501(c)(3) approved non-profit organization that supports families with a parent diagnosed with cancer while caring for children at home. The Mayday Foundation can provide immediate, practical help with expenses like rent, utilities, groceries, transportation costs, and other household expenses. 

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