Cheryl is the proud mom of three sons: Robert, Sean and Corey. In 2011, at the beginning of the opiate epidemic, Corey died of an overdose at age 23. At the time, Cheryl didn’t know anyone with a child who had died of an overdose. For the next few years, she grieved alone. Then one night, she received an invitation to meet other mothers who had lost a child. It was then that she knew how much grieving parents, parents whose child had died from SUD, needed one another.
Corey had left behind a four and a half month old daughter, Faith, who would grow up having no memory of her Daddy. Cheryl also knew that children who had lost their mom or their dad from SUD needed a community of caring adults to come alongside them as they grew up and hence the national group TEAM SHARING was founded.
In 2015, Cheryl founded Team Sharing – MA. The following year, Team Sharing –NH and Team Sharing – TN formed. In 2017, six years after Corey’s death, Team Sharing launched as a 501(c)3 nationwide nonprofit support network for families who have lost a loved one through addiction. Cheryl’s grief, though it does not define her, has inspired her to reach every parent, in all 50 states, that is grieving from the loss of their child through addiction.
Cheryl has worked closely with Teen Challenge and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation in the fight against addiction. She appeared in the short film “If Only” in 2015, and helped found MetroWest HOPE (a drop-in center) in 2016. Cheryl has participated in the Massachusetts Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness and the New Hampshire Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness. She has traveled to Washington DC to meet with the Interim Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration, authored a portion of a book on SUD and was named Fox 25 Boston’s “Home Town Hero” in July 2017. Cheryl and her husband, Peter, live in Central Massachusetts. They are the proud grandparents of Faith and six other grandchildren.