Kerry is the founder of a non-profit called Memories Live, which makes movies for individuals who have life-limiting illnesses that they can share with loved ones. The movies are a celebration of ones life and serve as a vehicle for sharing family history and personal advice. The movies are made free of charge.
How many children do you have? I have two boys, ages seven and five.
How did you come up with the idea for your company? A couple years ago, a mother in my community was stricken with lung cancer and taken from her family too soon. She left behind not only a husband, but also two children under the age of four. Upon hearing this story, I was emotionally struck not only by the devastation that this family must have felt, but even more so by the notion that there were two young children who would never “know their mother.” As a mother of two young children, I felt if the mother had created a movie recording her life, family history, advice, her hopes and dreams for her kids, perhaps those children would have had some solace and some sense of who their mom was. These feelings drive me to create Memories Live, which creates movies in the NY, NJ metropolitan area.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? It all goes by so quickly, treasure the moments and enjoy every minute. The next thing you know, they will be all grown up.
How do you get your family to eat healthy food and/or exercise? I am a little bit of a health nut, ok a big one. I have two gardens in my back yard and I encourage my kids to try the fresh veggies I grow. We are outside all the time playing baseball, soccer, running races you name it! I do wish the eating of veggies came as easily as the sports.