CLARK COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Six months after losing her mom to colon cancer, a 14-year-old Winchester girl is doing anything but wallowing in her pain.
"I think we're all still waiting for her to walk through the door but she's not going to, " Kamble Metz said.
Nancy Metz passed away in June at the age of 54, two years after being diagnosed with stage four colon cancer.
"She had no signs, symptoms, family history, she was in great shape, " said J.D. Metz, Nancy's husband.
The pain of her loss is still fresh, but Kamble is on strict orders not to dwell on her mom's death.
"My mom was always like I don't like people who sit around and cry and like mourn people and stuff like that, " Kamble said.
So at just 14, she is turning her pain in to a way to help others by starting Miss Nancy's 2nd Family Foundation. Along with her two older siblings, Kamble has hit the ground running. The foundation has already raised $7,000 and has achieved 501c3 status.
The purpose of the foundation is to improve the lives of Clark County Public School kids, especially at the pre-school where Nancy Metz worked.
"She always said that was her second family, so that's how they come up with the name, " J.D. Metz said.
Just this week they gave out hats and mittens to children during a special visit with Santa, and at Thanksgiving they gave out 350 McDonald's gift cards to make sure each child had something to eat.
For dad J.D. it has been moving to see his kids carry out his wife's legacy. For Kamble, she said it is a way for her to start to move forward but always with her mom in mind.
"I think she's up in heaven smiling and being really proud, " Kamble said.
If you'd like to donate to Miss Nancy's 2nd Family Foundation you can do so at any Community Trust Bank.
To learn more about Miss Nancy's 2nd Family Foundation, click here.