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How the foundation helps

As bills continue to rise many families struggle to pay for items not covered by insurance such as gas, rent, utilities, transportation etc. Mia’s Blessings works to provide grants of financial assistance to families going through crises in both the U.S. and Colombia so that instead of worrying about immediate financial hardships, they can focus their attention on the health and well-being of their family. Mia’s Blessings accepts applications from families being treated at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, Holtz Children’s Hospital and multiple organizations in Colombia.

If you are a caregiver in need of financial support while your child is being treated for brain cancer, please call 888-820-9767 to be considered for a one-time $2,000 grant to help cover out of pocket expenses related to treatment including transportation, lodging/housing, utilities, childcare, nutritional needs and wage loss. *

Grant Requirements: 

  • Patients must have a confirmed diagnosis of brain cancer, any type, any stage, and be in active treatment; confirmed by the patient’s treating physician and/or his designee. 
  • Patients must be under the age of 18.  
  • Applicants must have a current annual household income at or below 500% of the Federal Poverty Line. 
  • Patients must be US citizens or permanent residents and reside in the US or US territories. 
  • Patients must not have received a financial award from this fund in the past 12 months.  

*There will be four grants awarded each month, For best chances of being approved, apply on the first business day of the month.  

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Miguel is a charming boy that lives with his mother and grandmother and suffers from epilepsy and brain paralysis. The family lives in harsh conditions and his mother was tasked with having to carry Miguel in and out of their house because his wheelchair became immobile. Mia’s Blessings was delighted to be able to purchase a new electric wheelchair for Miguel. When he received this gift, it changed his life. Miguel was happier and was able to play his favorite game, boccia, again. 

Miguel, Recipient of Mia’s Blessing’s Colombia

Luis Alguera is an 8-year-old boy diagnosed with neuroblastoma.
After being in remission, Luis relapsed in 2022; His prognosis continues to be treated at this time, as he faces many more cycles of chemotherapy and immunotherapy at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
Luis's grandfather has stayed in Nicaragua to try to financially support both Luis and his mother during this time, but they have had many financial problems. Mia's Miracles stepped in to help the family with two months' rent to ease the burden on the family. Luis's mother and grandfather are grateful for the help of Mia's Miracles; she has allowed her father to feel supported on this journey to help Luis get better.

Luis, Recipient of Mia’s Blessing’s Adopt-a-Family support

“My daughter was born with Sickle Cell, and throughout her life she’s been hospitalized.” Sickle Cell has been a lifelong struggle for Ana and at 16 years old, it seems that the illness has become worse. “She gets very tired, feels weak and has trouble breathing sometimes,” said Zuly, Ana’s mother. She hasn’t been able to go to school, but the family is hopeful they will find a way to help her finish her studies.
Zuly has always been Ana’s primary caregiver and therefore, unable to work a traditional job. She does what she can to supplement the family’s income alongside her husband; selling enchiladas, tamales, and party pastries when time allows.
During one of her visits to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, pediatric social worker Tiffany Gallart asked Zuly about their homelife and while Zuly originally had no intention of divulging her issues with their rent and light bill, as she puts it, “God sent angels and things have fallen into place with Mia’s Miracles.” 
The Mia’s Blessings program was able to help Zuly and her husband with outstanding bills to help them focus on Ana and her ongoing treatments.
“From the bottom of my heart I really want to say thank you. Without knowing us, just out of the goodness of your heart and wanting to help, you have offered this assistance to my family. I cannot explain the peace this has given me…Mia’s Miracles are angels to me.” –Zuly Lagos

Ana, Recipient of Mia’s Blessing’s Adopt-a-Family support

Described by her mother, Rosa, as a cheerful and sassy force to be reckoned with, Zoey was a 7-year-old child who began expressing interest in cheerleading at the time.
When she began experiencing episodes of paleness, rashes, fever and pains, her mother took her to the doctor. At first, it seemed to be signs of growing pains or a viral infection. But one day during cheerleading practice, Zoey took a fall while attempting a somersault. A few days later, she began to complain of pains in her neck, back and legs. Rosa took Zoey to the hospital to get an x-ray. The x-ray presented a compressed spinal fracture, which according to the doctor, didn’t seem to be new. Concerns grew and Rosa decided to seek other tests, including an MRI.
By the time Zoey turned 8 years old, she had already undergone numerous tests at different hospitals. Soon thereafter, Rosa received the devastating news that no parent ever wants to hear. Zoey was diagnosed with stage four high-risk neuroblastoma, a cancerous tumor that develops in the nervous system of young children. They were told it was all over.
Zoey’s tumor had spread, covering most of her spine and 99% of her bone marrow, which explained the compressed spinal fracture from the original x- ray. The tumor was so big that it was compressing her spine and causing pain in other parts of her body. Immediately, Zoey was admitted to the hospital.
The tumor was in an area which would have caused Zoey to become paralyzed from the waist down if removed completely, so her parents opted for the removal of part of the tumor. Zoey then began chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant and radiation, which eventually led her to enter remission. Unfortunately a few months later, Zoey relapsed.
Doing everything in their power to give Zoey a fighting chance, her parents agreed to another delicate surgery that would remove the original tumor plus five new ones in her abdomen. With the odds stacked against her, Zoey pulled through those treatments and now requires life-long care.
Zoey visits Nicklaus Children’s Hospital every two to three weeks to undergo immunotherapy and routine checkups. She recently started attending school in person after five long years, something she has looked forward to since her diagnosis.
Rosa is thankful for the support provided by Nicklaus Children’s and Mia’s Miracles. “Zoey walks into Nicklaus Children’s and her entire personality changes. She walks in with a lot of confidence, as if she owns the place,” said Rosa. “That says everything to me, they saved my daughter’s life and Mia’s Miracles helped us not lose our home… what else can I be thankful for?”

ZOEY, Recipient of Mia’s Blessing’s Adopt-a-Family support

Shawn-Lee was admitted to Nicklaus Children's for a transplant and lives in a single-parent household. Shawn-Lee's mother has not been working and is on an unpaid medical leave from her employer. She has been maxing out her credit cards and was only making $980/biweekly when she was working. She currently receives $335 monthly in food stamps. Paying rent was very hard for the family especially because Shawn-Lee's 5 year old brother was the donor. Mia's Miracles stepped in to pay rent to help ease the financial burden for the family.

Shawn-Lee, Recipient of Mia’s Blessing’s Adopt-a-Family support

Mateo was diagnosed with medulloblastoma and arrived at Nicklaus Children's from Chile due to the lack of resources at the medical facilities in his hometown. The family did not come to Miami with much in the way of basic needs and it has been very difficult for the family to keep up  with rent payments. Mia's Miracles was happy to step in and pay for a month's rent for Mateo's family and we are glad that Mateo is receiving proper care at Nicklaus Children's. 

Mateo, Recipient of Mia’s Blessing’s Adopt-a-Family support

Meet Olivia, a 2-year-old who adores "Baby Shark," "Finding Nemo," and bonding with her cousins. Diagnosed with brain cancer at just 12 months old in February 2023, Olivia has undergone extensive treatment, including surgery to remove 90% of the tumor, multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Despite setbacks like a new brain lesion discovered in October 2023, Olivia remains resilient. Thanks to Mia's Miracles Financial Aid Fund, her family could afford a special bed where Olivia and her mother can rest together during her fearful nights. 

If you know a child who is fighting brain cancer and would like to apply for one of our grants please read the information above regarding grant opportunities with Mia's Blessings Financial Aid Fund in Partnership with Patient Advocate Foundation.

Olivia, recipient of Mia’s Blessing’s Financial Aid Fund in Partnership with Patient Advocate Foundation