How Losing her Husband Helped our Founder Find her Calling

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LISTENING IN: She lost her husband, but found a calling

President and founder of For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation Marci Schankweiler met her first husband Pete in high school. They married in 1994; he was diagnosed with cancer in 1998, and she lost him six months later in 1999 at the age of 30. At the time, Marci was an attorney representing clients in a variety of legal matters, from corporate contracts to employment law. When she and Pete realized that they were not going to be able to beat this dreaded disease, they decided to go on an extended respite to take a break from cancer. This trip would be the catalyst for a vision Pete would have, and the mission Marci would take on as a tribute to her husband. Marci’s decision to leave her career in the legal profession and venture into the world of non-profits was not an easy one, but one she felt compelled to do. The success of this organization is proof that she did indeed make the right choice.

Here are a few things I learned from Marci Schankweiler…Read more here or listen to the interview here: