Editor’s note: The family’s last name was omitted to protect minor children
While many high school students might be caught up with friends and texting, Bishop Moore Catholic High School senior, Dania R., is focused on a much more impactful mission – helping tiny babies survive. That’s exactly why she was handpicked from a group of nearly 2 million peers for the 2018 Youth Virtues, Valor, and Vision Award from the National Catholic Educational Association. The award honors faithful students who demonstrate selflessness, determination, and innovation.
A lover of medicine and science, Dania lives her Catholic identity by volunteering at Arnold Palmer Hospital and Mother’s Milk Bank of Florida. The team at MMBFL works toward ensuring the availability of safe, pasteurized donor human milk for all of Florida’s vulnerable infants. Dania spends most of her time in the laboratory- testing, processing, and packaging that milk for premature babies.
“The entire BMCHS community is so very proud of Dania for this wonderful accomplishment,” said Principal Scott Brogan. “Dania most definitely embodies the essence of the disciple leadership in which we place our hope for Bishop Moore Catholic students as they use their God-given talents in service to others.”
Dania also strives to make a personal connection at the hospital. She is first to lend a helping hand to doctors and nurses caring for sick children. Her mother explains Dania spends time with children who have undergone orthopedic or neurological procedures. “My desire is to be a vessel of God’s grace within the medical community by treating every person with dignity and respect,” she explained. “In this way, I can bring Christ’s love and healing to the world.”
Dania does all of this while maintaining an impressive 4.4 GPA at school. And the future looks bright, she plans to pursue a career in medicine.
By Jennifer Drow, special to the Florida Catholic – February 1, 2018