Cat and Jim with their boys, Finnegan (3) and Shamus (5)

Cat and Jim with their boys, Finnegan (3) and Shamus (5)


December’s Cocktails & Chemo caregiver holds a special place in my heart. Catherine Gainey and I connected through our heart break. The loves of our lives were battling colon cancer while we tried to keep our little families together. Cat Gainey has inspired me through her fight to spread awareness and help her husband live his very best life. She is the definition of a friend and someone we should all strive to be more like.

Jim Gainey was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in March of 2013. Their sweet family lives in Wisconsin. They’ve just been dealt with the devastating news that treatment is no longer an option and hospice has taken over their care.

Jim has beat the odds, he’s made remarkable strides and he’s left his boys with one hell of a role model to look up to.

Jim & Cat show off their Superman strength!

Jim & Cat show off their Superman strength!

Catherine was nominated by several people and I hope our little care package reminds her that she is not alone. Here is the picture she sent me of her little boy and the bag The Cocktails and Chemo Foundation sent her.

Shamus showing off his mommy's new Christmas socks.

Finn showing off his mommy’s new Christmas socks.

Like a lot of young people, the Gainey family did not have life insurance at the time of Jim’s diagnosis. He was set to get it the day after to be exact. That didn’t’ happen and Catherine is still working while juggling all that cancer has left for her to clean up.

If you find it in your heart to help a sweet family this Christmas, this is one who could really use it. You can donate by CLICKING HERE.


I asked Catherine what’s been the most help to her as a young cancer caregiver and she said, “We’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by very supportive and caring family members and friends that have helped ease some of the most stressful times. Also, having connections online such as the Young Cancer Wives group has been especially helpful to me because it can get lonely when you are caring for a very sick spouse at 30-something years old and your friends and support network can’t fully relate. (Not that I ever want them to).”


Thank you to the Cocktails and Chemo community who is helping us through donations and support to send these care packages and create these online support networks.