CHANDLER, Ariz. (FOX 10) - Mother's Day is this Sunday, but some Valley moms and their kids had a celebration a couple of days early. The special event held by the Children's Cancer Network for those who are battling the deadly disease.
The Children's Cancer Network is dedicated to helping children and their families deal with their diagnosis - as well as making sure parents get the help they need. Because if parents aren't taking care of themselves, they can't help their children.
About 40 mothers attend this year's Mother's Day tea in Chandler. All of them have cared for a child with cancer and the support they get from other mothers is invaluable.
"This is Children's Cancer Network's 7th annual Mother's Day luncheon," said Tiffany Creek, a specialist with the Children's Cancer Network. "We have had some lifelong friendships form out of this luncheon in the past, so it's a special time for the moms to get together to meet other moms and just enjoy and have a nice lunch."
The goal of this luncheon is to make sure every family realizes they aren't alone.
"It's great to be able to come back even though we are out of treatment to meet other moms [and] share our story and provide hope for families," said attendee Trish Dwyer.
Dwyer's son is a cancer survivor now in college. But she comes back to help other moms cope with what she's already been through.
"If it gives them a ray of hope on dark days, it's worth it," Dwyer said.
Some mothers share experiences that didn't even so well - it's more of a healing reunion for them.
"My daughter, Elena, was a twin - she passed away in 2014 of brain cancer," said attendee Monica Ruiz, a mother of four. "To have somebody [who's] been through what you've been through - it's a nice feeling."
"It's just a really heartwarming, amazing experience to meet some of these moms [and] to talk with them and share with them and grow with them," said attendee Sara Richerson.
The luncheon also helps moms let off a little steam while the kids are at home with dad.
"[The moms] look forward to this every year," said Creek. "We have some moms take vacation time in advance so they can attend today and enjoy a really nice time with other moms who understand the journey they're going through."