A year ago this month, Teresa Terranova, 40, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her husband left after her diagnoses. In May, she suffered a heart attack and currently is receiving radiation to combat her cancer. Her 15-year-old daughter is in remission from cancer and she also has a second daughter who is 6.
Terranova received a complete home make-over, courtesy of Central Arizona Project (CAP). The makeover is one of 14 volunteer projects that CAP \\\"Turnouts\\\" volunteers take on during the year on their own time. It also marks the first time CAP is assisting Singleton Moms, a unique 501(c)3 organization that provides domestic, financial, and emotional support to single mothers with cancer.
Vicky Campo, CAP Internal Communications Representative, said the decision to help Terranova was an easy one.
"One of our employees nominated Singleton Moms, and our committee voted unanimously to adopt the project," she said.
While one crew came out ahead of time to put up a block fence, build a planter, install a dog run, lay gravel, and do some drywall repair, the majority of work was done over the weekend. All materials used by more than 50 CAP employees and their family members were donated by local vendors.
"We completed Teresa's backyard landscaping, including laying more gravel and sod and planting trees and shrubs. We also did front yard landscaping, including planting shrubs and cactus and laying more gravel," Campo said. "In addition, we painted the exterior and interior, installed carpet and tile, fixed the patio roof, inspected her heating and cooling, deep cleaned the house and make other general repairs."
Andy Royal co-founded Singleton Moms with Jody Farley-Berens in November 2006 after they lost a dear friend, Michelle Singleton, to cancer. There are an estimated 10,000 single mothers receiving cancer treatment each year. Singleton Moms' budget only supports assistance to 20.
"We can't thank Central Arizona Project enough for its incredible support," Royal said. "Imagine being a single mother with cancer undergoing treatment and coming home to a house that doesn't feel good. That kind of stress slows down recovery. CAP is changing that with one of the most generous and memorable donations to a Singleton Mom."
Campo said Terranova's home make-over and other year-round projects make good business sense.
"You see a culture of generosity begin to emerge that carries over into the work environment and into our personal lives. It's overwhelming. People come out of the woodwork with cash donations, supplies, expertise, and just good old fashioned sweat. It's a tremendous privilege to be surrounded by people like that," she said.
With the hopes of raising much-needed funds to help more Moms, the non-profit is hosting its 3rd Annual "Lean On Me" 5K Walk on Sunday, February 28 at Kiwanis Park Recreation Center, 6111 South All-America Way, in Tempe. To register, make a donation, or learn about volunteer opportunities, call Singleton Moms at (602) 743-8873 or visit www.SingletonMoms.org.