Posted on January 15 2015
Founded in 2008, the 1Voice Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non profit children’s charity, focuses on bringing all resources together for pediatric cancer families in the Tampa Bay area, under the roof of one foundation, the cause, the care and the cure. The mission of the 1Voice Foundation is to provide educational, psychosocial and financial resources through our family support programs while funding pediatric cancer research at our pediatric cancer research lab at the College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. In addition, we represent Florida pediatric cancer families statewide with our legislative efforts on Capitol Hill annually and we are launching the initiative to open the first school in the United States for children battling cancer. We work directly with the medical and psychosocial staff at: All Children’s Hospital and outpatient clinic, Children’s Medical Services, Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Shriner’s Hospital for Children Tampa, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Tampa General Hospital and the University of South Florida Medical Clinics.
We have two full time employees, Dr. Nair, Research Assistant and Mary Ann Massolio, Executive Director, who has served as a pediatric oncology social worker in Tampa for nearly 25 years. Three years after entering the field, she became an oncology mother herself, when her youngest child, Jay, was diagnosed with 4th stage non hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 9. Jay lost his battle six short months later and Mary Ann has continued her fight personally and professionally to make a difference in programs and services for our families. We depend heavily on our volunteer Board of Director’s and community volunteers, who work hard every day and allow us to keep administrative expenses minimal. We raise all our funds through special events, fundraisers, philanthropic generosity and grants.