On March 13, 2012, Nancy's 27-year-old son Peter was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Her family's world changed in a moment. They were told that there is no treatment or cure and the prognosis was to 2 to 5 years. Since that day, Nancy has immersed herself in the ALS community as an advocate and thought leader. In the past 4 years, Nancy has traveled and networked to the offices of CEOs, senators, representatives, top doctors, and governmental authorities. She has testified in Washington, DC, on Capitol Hill, at the White House, and to an FDA panel regarding important issues affecting the ALS community. Nancy has developed strong relationships with executives at both the local and national levels of ALS organizations involved in research, patient support, advocacy, and fund-raising.
In August 2014, Nancy's son Peter, along with their family and supporters, inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to go viral, raising $220 million for the ALS Association and its global partners. Since that August, Nancy has done many domestic and international television, magazine, and online interviews. She has also spoken at many events, both domestically and internationally, inspiring others with her family's story and continuing the momentum created for their cause, ALS.
Nancy holds a business degree from Boston College and an honorary doctorate in humane studies from Endicott College. During her 14-year career at Keller Williams, Nancy was a top agent in her market center serving on the Agent Leadership Council and working on many committees throughout her agent career. She also held positions in the Beverly Market Center as the productivity coach, team leader, and lead trainer.
She presently serves on the board of trustees at Endicott College and is a national trustee for the ALS Association. Her Ted Talk, on Ted.com, has been viewed over 1 million times and her corporate and inspirational speaking has taken her around the world, including Mumbai, Austria, Sweden, and Australia.