Board of Directors
I am Maleree Mae’s Daddy and know what it is like to hear the words “Your child has cancer”. I went from disbelief to anger, from hope to bargaining, and always the fear. There was a lot of frustration trying to get answers in the beginning, trying to navigate the medical world, trying to juggle work and the desire to always be with my baby. When support starting pouring in from across the nation, I felt like I was not alone and it was overwhelming to have people pray, give and stand beside me. I knew then, I wanted to give back. I wanted to help other parents not feel alone as they struggled with a diagnosis of cancer. I am a businessman, but my passion is racing. It became obvious to me that I no longer cared just about winning a race. Life is now about living in a world filled with cancer and helping ease the pain it causes families. Racing is now a means to bring awareness and support for our babies, who through no fault of their own, have to fight this huge battle. Every one of them is my superhero.
I have the best job on the planet. Teaching predominately at-risk children for over 30+ years is both challenging and rewarding. My colleagues are some of the best. Retire? I think not!! Then it happened. Just like everyone remembers what they were doing on September 11, I remember this well. I had just left the theater when my phone whistled and I got the message. Kelly was on his way to UC Davis for Maleree. What??? The next several months were a roller-coaster of emotions. Not cancer!! Not the renegade cells that took my husband’s life a few years earlier!! NO!!! Then I watched Kelly being supported by hundreds of people. It was an amazing thing to see and it all gave birth to the foundation. It’s my number one focus now. Yup. Even rivals my teaching career. Never thought I’d say that.
This one’s for you John
Chief Financial Officer
I am a small business owner with 30 years’ experience in the tax and accounting world. I love my career but the most important and greatest joy in my life is being a mom to my 3 great kids, grandma to my 2 beautiful granddaughters, and wife to my wonderful husband. I have known Kelly since we were 12 years old. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for my friend. I was one of those praying dearly for his baby girl. You see, cancer has taken someone I loved from me, and from my kids. When Charlotte and Kelly came to see me regarding the My Maleree Mae Foundation and asked me to be a part of it, there was no hesitation. I am honored and humbled to be part of an organization that is doing great things for such deserving families.
Hello, my name is James Ford and this is my wife Rita. We have three-goal oriented loving children and are blessed with three grandchildren. I’m self-employed as the owner of Affordable Heating and Air and have been in this line of work for over thirty-five years. In my free time, I just enjoy being able to spend time with my family whether it be our yearly visits to Disneyland, Fort Bragg or being able to catch up at dinner. Kelly Chambers has been close a friend of mine for about forty years. I was there the moment he received the call about there being an issue with Maleree and they were on the way to UC Davis. I have seen what it has done to my friend and I just felt that there had to be something I could do to help them in their time of need. My mom also has stage 4 breast cancer so I just knew I wanted to be part of this whole team.
I am delighted to serve as a medical/technical consultant for this awesome organization! I have been following its development from the very beginning and have seen the passion of its directors. I am a licensed paramedic in California, currently working on an ambulance and am also employed in a local hospital emergency room. I have worked in the medical field for over 5 years after having served in the United States Navy for 10 years. I have seen how cancer impacts a family and changes it forever after recently watching my father lose his battle with pancreatic cancer. My wife Jesse and I just had our first child, Colton John on August 29. I can’t imagine what it would be like to hear that our son would have to fight this dreadful disease. This organization can come alongside families experiencing the traumatic effect of having a child diagnosed with cancer and help ease their financial and emotional burden.
Barbara Calvin, Media Specialist
I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the My Maleree Mae Foundation. My journey connecting with Kelly and Charlotte could only be explained as "God works in mysterious ways!" I knew Charlotte briefly in the 70's. I can't explain why, but after all these years God led me to reconnect with her in July 2016. As we were catching up, I mentioned that I had lost my brother, Terry, to Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), a very aggressive form of brain cancer.
Learning from Charlotte about Kelly and Maleree's fight, touched my heart deeply. We believe God brought us together after so many years so I could be a part of the My Maleree Mae Foundation.
God certainly works in mysterious ways!
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