2017 Paula Hawkins Award Recipient

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Congratulations to Michelle Reese, this year’s recipient of the Paula Hawkins Family Champion Award.

Michelle Reese organized the Ella Reese Foundation on behalf of her daughter who was diagnosed with Stage 3 Neuroblastoma at the age of 7 months. The cost, financially and emotionally, to help a child and their family to face a tragedy like cancer is life changing. The community generously helped Ella and her family during this trying time and she hopes to “Pay It Forward” to others in need. Currently, the Foundation reaches out to families with emotional support and provides “Ella Cares” packages to the child and parents to provide some comfort and joy through their ordeal. Michelle also has fallen into the love of photography as she can’t help but capture her daughter who survived cancer and other young and old fighting or surviving cancer.  Her Orlando, Florida company called Gold Ribbon Photography offers sessions for all and especially focuses on families battling cancer for free.