Caryn is a founder and was the of President of the non-profit Band of Parents. Along with other parents, her groundbreaking work funded a multi-million-dollar antibody therapy for the childhood cancer, neuroblastoma. That treatment is now standard protocol at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She is a long-term successful entrepreneur and is the owner of Total Potential LLC. She holds a BS in Early Childhood Education and taught kindergarten in Fairfax County Virginia for five years. Over the course of her career, Caryn has parlayed her background in education into two successful businesses. After a two-year coach training program in the late 90’s, she partnered with a corporate training company to do strategic planning and small business coaching. She also had a private life coaching practice for 4 years. The other arm of her business is sales and training for Shaklee Corporation. Since 1994 she has conducted seminars, coached entrepreneurs and developed a strong customer base selling naturally sourced wellness products through Shaklee Corporation. After her son was diagnosed at age 15 with stage 4 neuroblastoma, Caryn let go of her coaching business. Her son, Nicholas Toms Franca, lost his battle with neuroblastoma in May 2011 at the age of 21. Caryn has recently published an inspirational memoir that chronicles the years of their journey with childhood cancer, and the history of Band of Parents. It is a book of inspiration and of lessons learned and wisdom gained when life is turned upside down. “Lessons From My Son’s Tattoo” is available on Amazon. Caryn has been married to her husband Jim for 37 years and has two surviving children, and five grandchildren.
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