Mia Michaelides (RHHS ‘17) joined our ambassador cohort in 2018 and jumped quickly into her advocacy work. Mia is currently a sophomore at Fraleigh Dickinson University majoring in Business Administration and Human Resources. On campus, Mia is involved with a sustainable entrepreneurship student group called Enactus, and is currently serving as their Vice President. Through Enactus, Mia became connected with the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation (ECF), and was “motivated to work with ECF because of their incredible work supporting families dealing with the immense financial and emotional burdens of pediatric cancer.”
This past grant cycle, the Ascienzo Family Foundation provided a $5,000 grant to ECF to help out families with costs of housing, car payments, transportation, and medical expenses while they care for their child. As Mia described in her grant application, families with children who have cancer are faced with difficult and urgent financial needs, and ECF helps these families out with assistance outside of the hospital care. ECF provides over 220 New Jersey families with in-home counseling, material assistance, and emergency financial assistance through their Family Assistance Fund. We were excited to learn more about their work, and be able to contribute funds to increase the number of families ECF can serve!
Mia also plays lacrosse at FDU and talks about her community service involvement here (thanks for the shout-out, Mia!).