CaDori is the author of “Women Put Yourselves First and Be Happier,” an inspirational book written to empower women and girls. She reminds everyone that when on an airplane, passengers are instructed to put their own oxygen mask on first before assisting others. She believes it is the same in real life. “If you don’t put yourself first, no one else will,” she states, as for many years, she did not. CaDori’s book was featured at the Book Expo and Book Con 2017 and she was also featured on the Simply Centrell Radio Show in September 2017. This past summer, CaDori gave an empowerment talk to young girls at the “Chicks with Class” girls’ camp.
Born Cathy Marshall in Birmingham, AL, she was the eldest girl of 13 siblings, and was a natural born leader with a giving spirit from a young age. She coined the name “CaDori” as a combination of her name, her mother Doris and her late son Dougie. CaDori loves helping others. She is a registered nurse by trade, but spends a tremendous amount of time giving back.
CaDori is the founder of CaDori Helping Hands, a non-profit charity to help people in need. She was once homeless and jobless, had to live in a shelter temporarily when her children were young, and knows first-hand the struggle of depending on good-hearted people and faith in God. CaDori founded the Helping Hands organization to help those in need in an effort to give back.
This year alone, CaDori Helping Hands has
- provided turkeys and hams at Thanksgiving
- donated baby supplies to young mothers
- delivered cleaning and personal care items to families who’ve lost everything during Hurricane Harvey
- donated backpacks full of school supplies to children in a local shelter and
- fed over 100 people displaced by Hurricane Harvey at a hotel in Livingston, TX
In addition to CaDori Helping Hands, CaDori also founded Dougie’s Kids, Inc. in January 2011. Dougie’s Kids, Inc. is a charitable organization dedicated to helping and ensuring the well-being of children across America. It is named after Cathy’s oldest son, Bobby Denerio Marshall Brown, affectionately known as “Dougie”, who passed away in 2010 in a motorcycle accident. Dougie adored children and always lifted them up by giving helpful advice, taking them to fun places and supporting them by attending games on Saturdays. To date, Dougie’s Kids has given to shelters, schools and awarded scholarships and in doing so, has positively impacted the lives of many children.
As an entrepreneur, CaDori’s “I Love Me” and CaDori Helping Hands merchandise as well as her print book and gift box are available for sale on her website www.cadoribrand.net and Amazon.com. She is currently writing her second book, a cookbook, to be released in 2020. CaDori has been featured this month in Interrupted Blogs article, eTrade Wire article, and GMT radio interview, HoustonTXBlack.com feature and previously in the Spotlighted Article in Empower Magazine and was a featured speaker at the “Beneath the Makeup” 2017 Conference. She has also been featured and on the Cover of the December 2017 Black Houston Magazine and in the September 2017 issue of Living Magazine. In 2018 she started her first weekly radio talk show show titled Tuesday Talks with CaDori and gave helpful information about daily living issues.
2019 she took a hiatus to do some soul searching, loving herself more and re-branding her businesses.
This year, 2020, CaDori has so many exciting new projects to share with the world!