Fifth-grader Mia scores for Rainbow

Mia Bucci was excited to learn that her grant proposal resulted in the purchase of fresh fruit and other supplies for Smoothie Day, part of the Kids Kicking Cancer program
at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's.

Just 10 years old, Mia Bucci wanted to help kids at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. When she learned that her local gym, FMU Fitness in Avon, offered grant money for charitable causes, she filled out an application and hoped for the best.

Mia requested funds to help the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein's Kids Kicking Cancer, a program that encourages young patients and survivors of cancer and blood disorders to be active and learn about the benefits of physical activity and healthy eating. Mia, a fifth-grader at St. Raphael School in Bay Village, plays on two soccer teams and on her school’s basketball team. 

"I like playing sports and going to FMU," said Mia. "I feel bad for the kids that are sick and can't play so I wanted to do something to help them."

Mia was excited to learn that her proposal resulted in a $450 grant. Her money will be used to purchase fresh fruit and other supplies for Smoothie Day, part of the Kids Kicking Cancer program at Rainbow.

Mia has grown up in a philanthropic-minded household. Her parents are board members of Smiles for Sophie Forever, a non-profit that raises money for families with children battling brain cancer. Mia and her sister Kayla take part in the group's annual 5K and 3 on 3 basketball tournament, said her dad, Dan Bucci, who is Director of Government Relations for UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. 

If you would like to make a donation to the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein's Kids Kicking Cancer program at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, please contact us at 216-983-2200 or make your donation to Kids Kicking Cancer.