Angela’s Angel Award
Angela’s Angel Nomination
In 2019 MiaThrives created Angela’s Angel Award in honor of our founder Melissa Vassallo Idiens’ incredible mother Angela Vassallo.
Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) touches more than those diagnosed with the hereditary skin disease; it also affects caretakers. Angela’s Angel Award recognizes those who go above and beyond to demonstrate an extreme level of care, selflessness, love, and advocacy for the EB Community in the role of caretaker.
In celebration of EB Awareness week 2020, MiaThrives is launching a campaign to find our next recipient of the Angelas’s Angel Award.
In order for your nomination to stand out against the many others we receive, you must explain and include evidence and clear examples of what makes your nominee so exceptional and deserving of being Angela’s Angel 2020 and the $1000 award gifted to the winner.
Embracing the Amazing
Learn about our Angela’s Angel Award. Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) touches more than those diagnosed with the hereditary skin disease; it also affects caretakers. Caretakers like Angela Vassallo—our founder Melissa’s mother.
Angela traded a career that she loved for an important job she felt nobody else could do as well as her: full-time caregiver of her baby. Melissa didn’t realize how much her mother gave up to be there for her until she was much older. When she founded MiaThrives, Melissa knew she wanted to honour her mother in a special way, and that’s how the Angela’s Angel Award was born.
Angela’s Angel Award recognizes those who go above and beyond to demonstrate extreme care, selflessness, love, and advocacy for the EB Community. Our first recipient was Heidi Graf. Heidi is married to someone living with EB and is a mom to two Butterfly Children.
Angela’s Angel Recipient
MiaThrives is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the emotional needs of Canadian children living with EB. Our goal is to empower this generation of Butterfly Children to enjoy a social life filled with friendship, inspiration, belonging, and purpose rather than one lived in shame and isolation.