Talia is committed to helping other children
Talia’s inspiration to “pay it forward” stems from her own story, which began in 2014 when she was just 11. A happy young girl with a passion for travel, Talia especially loved visiting with cousins and her Grandparents in Florida. She worked hard in school but also found time for Girl Scouts and field hockey. Her most favorite thing in all the world was going to sleep-away camp which was only a few short months away. But in the spring her life changed. Talia learned that she had a brain tumor.
Soon after her diagnosis, Talia bravely underwent surgery to remove the tumor at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in New York. Talia’s surgery left her unable to walk without the aid of a walker. Determined to go to sleep-away camp, Talia worked diligently to walk without help as soon after surgery as possible. The hours recovering in the hospital were long and lonely until one wonderful day when Talia received an iPad from Mikey’s Way. The iPad provided much needed diversion and distraction for Talia not only while in the hospital but also as she continued to heal at home.