MASK announces ‘Moms Making a Difference’ Unity Award

MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids) has announced the recipient of its fifth annual “Moms Making a Difference” Unity Award.

Michelle Moore-Fanger of Mother’s Grace was named the 2016 recipient of MASK's "Moms Making a Difference" Unity Award.

Michelle Moore-Fanger of Mother’s Grace was named the 2016 recipient of MASK’s “Moms Making a Difference” Unity Award.

Michelle Moore-Fanger of Mother’s Grace was named the 2016 recipient and honored at the March 3 Unity Award Luncheon held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort.

No one may understand the power of a mother’s grace more than Michelle Moore-Fanger.

A busy mom and a corporate executive, she always found time to support other moms in need: moms whose families had been affected by Hurricane Katrina, moms with babies dying from AIDS, moms who simply needed a helping hand.

Then in 2008, Ms. Moore-Fanger became one of those moms she worked tirelessly to help. She was diagnosed with a severe form of breast cancer and two weeks later her son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.

Over the next year-and-a-half, she endured chemo and five surgeries – all while teaching her son to be insulin dependent. Through it all, she continued to think of moms who were also dealing with their own challenges and through this, Mother’s Grace was born.

The nonprofit organization supports moms with various needs, including financial assistance, medications, meals, childcare and counseling.

According to Ms. Moore-Fanger, there’s nothing they can’t do for a mom.

“Everything that has happened has been divinely led,” she says. “I don’t have a goal. God has a plan for Mother’s Grace and I want to be led there.”

Over 175 people attended the fifth annual MASK “Moms Making a Difference” Unity Award Luncheon, where 42 inspiring women who are making a difference in the lives of children and families were celebrated.

The Unity Award was created to inform the community about the many resources available, and provides an opportunity for nominees to spread the word about their passion and causes.

MASK Founder and Publisher Kimberly Cabral and Emcee Catherine Anaya, media personality and CEO of 4Hearts Media, honored and awarded all 42 nominees.

“Although very difficult, the selection process was rewarding,” said Ms. Cabral. “I was not a member of the panel of judges, however it was exciting for me to facilitate the process and share in the excitement of the panel while they learned about the many passionate women who are doing such incredible things.”

The 2015 Unity Award recipient, Sunny Wight of Mindfulness First, was this year’s guest speaker. Sunny shared how winning the award has opened many doors for Mindfulness First and increased the number of schools in which their team of mindfulness instructors can provide mindfulness education to children.

The second- and third-place recipients of the Unity Award, Traci Estenson of East Valley Women’s League/The Cinderella Affair and Jennifer Kasten of Decoding Dyslexia Arizona, will be featured in the “HighlightHER” column in the fall and winter issue of MASK The Magazine.

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