Last Sunday morning, on November 17th, little more than 50 people came to Lurker Park to enjoy the cold, yet sunny weather and take a walk for some special ladies. For on that day, East Hanover residents gathered outside at the recreation center to donate funds and walk for the Momma Strong Foundation.
“It’s important to me to help our mothers,” said Daniela Riverso, East Hanover resident and founder of Momma Strong. “I figure if I ever got sick who would take cares of these things for me. A mom’s job is never done.”
The Momma Strong Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to assist mothers who battling cancer while still trying to perform their parental duties. Momma Strong was only recently founded by Riverso back in January of this year, but has gone on to benefit many mothers in many district, such as East Hanover, Florham Park and Whippany. Collected funds have gone to pay for food shopping, laundry services and house cleaning.
“Momma strong has gotten a good response since its creation,” said Riverso. “But sadly, more young mothers will need this.”
And for last Sunday’s walk, a total of $1,500 was collected for one Momma Strong recipient. Such monies will go to services to ShopRite from Home, Laundry Angels and Merry Maids. And the walkers, such as East Hanover resident Daniella Pisano, was happy to be at Lurker Park.
“I like to donate my time and help,” said Pisano. “It’s important to support other moms during this time. [Daniela Riverso] is an amazing woman who goes out of her way. Always going above and beyond.”
Pisano was also joined by her three-year-old son Antonio, who didn’t waste time himself running around Lurker Park.
“This is a good day and I like to run,” said Antonio.
Momma Strong was also joined by a high school club, Helping Hands, run by Kara Motsch, a 17-year-old girl scout of Troop 235, from East Hanover. Helping Hands also devotes itself to supporting cancer patients and victims of other debilitating diseases. Supporting Momma Strong was part of Motsch’s gold award project.
“I feel like I’m making an impact on someone’s life and I feel good about it,” said Motsch. “What Momma Strong is doing is really great. Most foundations give money to research, but Momma Strong is supporting mothers during treatment.”
Motsch was joined by her friend Lauren Cunningham, her sister Larissa and even her parents Roland and Donna, with their dog Brady.
“I like to see everyone come together for a great cause,” said Donna, who did the walk around the park. “There are too many people in this world with too many types of cancers, and we must support them all.”
This walk marks the first ever community event organized by Momma Strong and it won’t be the last. In fact, among other projects, Momma Strong later intends to hold a gala sometime in the spring.
For more information on the Momma Strong Foundation, visit their website at https://mommastrong.org/.