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Donna Provenzano

Hi Mia,
Thank you so very much for going to Washington to speak with our congressmen and senators about the care you received at Children's Specialized Hospital and the importance of children's healthcare. You are a special young lady!! I am so proud of you!!

Lori Velasco

Hi Mia,

I hope you have a wonderful time in Washington! Thank you to you and your family for helping our hospital!


Megan Fennelly

Hi Mia,

Thank you for sharing your story in Washington and telling people how Children's has been helpful to yo uand your family. I hope you have a great trip!

Megan Fennelly

Maryann Pietruska

There is a Special Needs Girl Scout Troop that meets in Lacey Elks on Beach Blvd.
If you would like to join us, contact the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and they will give you my contact info, unless it is available through here....

Amy Mansue

Mia, Thank you so much for agreeing to go to Washington and share your story. We are so very thankful for all you are doing!

Amy Mansue

Amanda Vargas

Dear Mia,

Wow! What an amazing thing you are doing for us to go to Washington, DC and share your amazing story! Thank you so much!

Amanda Vargas

pattie foley

Mia - thank you for all you are doing. Have a wonderful trip! Pattie

Omar Ujageer

Hi Mia,

Thanks for sharing your story and being such a shining star and inspiration to other kids and their families ~~



Dorothy Planer

Thank you for going to this great length!You are getting the word out about the care you received and the results! What our staff does must continue if children like yourself are to have a chance to grow up to be independent, self confident and happy!
Therapy, love and fun!
Thank you so MUCH for sharing your lifes' story to help make a difference for others. The road is not always easy, but it's worth the work.

Dottie Scrimgeour

Dear Mia,
You are great to share your story with the people in Washington! I loved the picture of you that was posted, particularly your really cute Hat!
I hope you have lots of fun adventures on your trip. Please tell your parents how grateful we are for the help of your family.

Josanne Pearsall

Thank you so much for heading to Washington and sharing your personal story. Your courage and generosity is appreciated. Have a wonderful trip.

Adrienne Robertiello


From a mother of a child with special needs, I know how important it is for a child to get the help she or he needs. Thank you from us moms for sharing your story... all the way to Washington. You need to know what an inspiration you are to others. I know your trip will make a big difference. Keep working hard and doing great things.
- Adrienne


Hi Mia,

A story like yours always make me smile as I have been on the Infant/Toddler unit for over 28 years at CSH and am so proud of all our graduates.
Thanks for supporting CSh and have a great time in Washington,

Nancy Kazanecki


Thanks so much for going to Washington representing CSH and sharing your wonderful story. With that beautiful smile of yours I'm sure you are going to melt the hearts of our legislators. You are our shining star! Enjoy the trip!


Trisha Yurochko

Thank you so much for sharing your story and the successes you have had because of the services you received at Children's Specialized. You must be so excited to be going to Washington to "show off" and to help advocate for all children who need specialized services. You will certainly win them over with your cute hat and bright smile. - Trisha

Laura Patterson

Dear Mia,

Thank you for sharing your experience at Children's Specialized Hospital with Congress. Have fun in Washington!


Sue Winning

Hi Mia,
Thank you so much for going to Washington with your family to tell your story and talk about your experience at Children's Specialized Hospital. We are all so proud of the work that you have done and the important message you will bring to Washington. You are an inspiration for other kids and families. Have fun.

Sheila Blochlinger


Thanks so much for taking the big trip to Washington to try to help our hospital and all the other kids we take care of! We all really appreciate it. Enjoy yourself!


Hi Mia,

Thank you to you and your family for sharing your amazing story and helping CSH! Just continue to show that bright and beautiful smile and you will warm the hearts of Washington!


Linda Waddell

Hi Mia,
Thank you for sharing your story with congress and showing them the importance of childrens health care. They have a lot to learn from you. You and your family are an inpiration to us all.

Linda Waddell


Patti Broccoli, RN

Awesome job Mia! Keep up the great work!
P. Broccoli

Melanie Fickas

Mia - Thanks so much for going to D.C. for us! Hope you have a great trip and a fun time!
~Melanie Fickas
P.S. I like your hat :)


Mia I don't know you but I think you can change the life of many people that use and will use this great hospital. Congratulations and good luck in Washington DC.

Dave W.

I think we need more like you to voice their opinons and to share their stories. I hope you have fun in Washington.

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