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. 

Angela’s Angels recipients have been awarded a $1000 gift as a thank-you for their dedication to the EB community.

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.

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About Angela

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 Winners

HEIDI GRAF

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