Monaz Mistry and Christianne Mesolella Receive Student of the Month Community Service Award
July 2011 Undergraduate Student recipient: Monaz Mistry
Monaz Mistry has volunteered for the USF Ronald McDonald Pediatric mobile to provide free health check-ups and screenings such as visual acuity tests, weight and blood pressure assessments for students of Freedom High School in Tampa. Mistry also volunteered for several hours during the Multicultural Health Fair recently held at the University Area Community Center. She helped with checking blood sugar levels and performed cholesterol screenings while imparting education to the community members regarding their health status. also volunteered with the Interdisciplinary Oncology Interest Group at the Guitars & Goodies – Musical Dessert Party held this summer at theAmerican Cancer Society Benjamin Mendick Hope Lodge. Mistry and other volunteers each brought a dessert for the residents who live at the Hope Lodge for a month or two while receiving treatment for Cancer at Moffitt and other local hospitals. Mistry socialized with the Hope lodge residents providing them with a much needed evening of relaxation, desserts and company. She has volunteered in the local community along with student organizations such as the Dominican American Student Association (DASA), USF Bulls for Moffitt and CON Student Council.
July 2011 Graduate Student recipient: Christianne Mesolella
As an HIV/AIDS advocate for children and adolescents, Christianne Mesolella was able to form a team for the 2011 AIDS Walk. The team she formed is the only pediatric team to participate on an annual basis. The money her team raises goes directly to funding the free clinic of St. Petersburg. Due to the lack of funding secondary to the governmental reduction to the Ryan White Foundation, this ensures that no patient is turned away and that all patients in need of antiretroviral medications and care are provided for. Since many of the children may be too weak to walk, we design signs to pin on our shirts while we walk in their honor. The pediatric team rose over $1000 in the past few years alone.
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