by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Inspirational 

The Robins family is truly inspirational. Their story began when their middle child, Sean, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 16. “He was outraged by the lack of new treatments and research advancements for his own cancer, Ewing Sarcoma,” recalled Amy, Sean’s mother. “He wanted to start a foundation that would find cures to pediatric cancers and help other kids and teens who were suffering from cancer.” When Sean lost his seven-year battle and passed away in November 2006 his father, Mitch, decided to carry on his son’s vision. And so in 2007 Mitch and Amy started The Seany Foundation.

“Our first two goals/projects were funding novel cutting edge research at UC San Diego, where we set up a fund in Sean’s memory,” explained Amy, “and the other was building a lounge for teens only on the new Rady Cancer wing called ‘The Seany Room.’” Today, The Seany Room is a place where teens being treated for cancer can meet to talk, play games, watch movies, or simply have a break from their patient room. “After the lounge was completed and paid for, we knew we wanted to do more quality of life projects because we learned that they could really make a difference in the lives of kids with cancer and their families,” said Amy.

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With its mission statement, “bringing hope and happiness to kids affected by cancer,” the foundation has funded small quality of life programs at Rady and has even extended its programs to Los Angeles. “We are thrilled to have found our home in making kids and teens happier and more able to cope while they are fighting or recovering from cancer,” Amy shared.

Now, The Seany Foundation is taking on its biggest project yet: Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky, a free summer camp for kids and teens affected by cancer. “The American Cancer Society ran these camps for over 30 years,” explained Amy. “When they decided to end these programs, we were inspired and excited to pick them up and continue to provide this vital program for as many campers as possible in our community and beyond.” Amy continued, “Teens are a very special demographic in the world of pediatric cancer and of course we are extra sensitive to this need, as our son Sean was 16 at diagnosis.”

Aside from their commitment to the foundation, Mitch works as a CPA, and Amy as a dental hygienist. The couple relocated from Detroit to San Diego in 1991 with their three children, Alex, Sean, and Emily. “Alex, his wife Melanie, and their daughter Madeleine Sean reside in Berkeley. Emily and her new husband, Seth Brody, live here in San Diego, and of course, Sean resides in our memories and hearts always.”


 

AT-A-GLANCE

Names: Mitchell James Robins and Amy Green Robins
Professions: CPA and Dental Hygienist
Community: Carmel Valley since 1991
Hobbies: Tennis, golf, movies, travel, relaxing at home with our two hairless dogs, spending time with family and close friends
Favorite Local Spots: Taverna Blu, Seersucker, Mia Francesca, Villa Capri, Champagne Bakery, and Cinépolis Del Mar