About For The Kids

UMass Amherst FTK

Baystate Children's Hospital provides advanced medical care to infants, children, and adolescents in an environment that focuses exclusively on the needs of children and families in the region.   The facility provides complete critical care programs, including the region's only Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units, as well as pediatric inpatient services, child life specialists, an emergency room just for kids, and outpatient specialty services. As the only full-service accredited children’s hospital in the region, BCH also provides a comprehensive range of children’s primary care and sub-specialties, including diabetes, pulmonology, neurology, surgery, and cardiac services.

The mission of UMass FTK is to encourage collaboration between students, UMass Amherst and the Amherst community by working to raise awareness and funds for local patients and families of Baystate Childrens Hospital, in connection with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through uplifting and interactive events we will foster a yearlong celebration for the kids. Together, we will change lives!

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. 


Our Miracles

Shane Perry

Meet the newest Baystate Children's Hospital Champion Shane Perry. When Shane was born he was rushed into the Davis Neonatal Intensive Unit (NICU) where his parents were notified had Down syndrome. After several days in the NICU he was released to go home, where his parents learned to manage his at-home monitoring system and oxygen tanks with the helpful assistance of the NICU staff. Three months later Shane contracted RSV and was treated in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit while on a ventilator or fourteen days. "Baystate Children's Hospital saved by boy twice and I am forever grateful for them", says Shane's mother Jessica. Today, nine-year old Shane is doing well, as he raises awareness and supports other patients as the 2019 Children's Miracle Network Hospital Champion.

When seven year old Ben Manzi of Springfield was a toddler, he would routinely announce that “when I grow up, I’m going to be a superhero. For my disguise, I’ll be a doctor!” His mother, Kati, had no way of knowing that in a matter of years, Ben would need superhero strength in an unimaginable battle: cancer. Ben was diagnosed on December 4, 2015 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and immediately began a treatment regimen that includes different types of chemotherapy-including lumbar punctures, IV infusions, and at-home meds. Ben’s battle is continuing, and he will receive chemotherapy treatments for about three years. His family is focused on being positive, which serves to reaffirm Ben’s courage. Kati says he will often remind his family that “Leukemia is tough. But I’m tougher!”

Ben Manzi

At just two years old, Morgan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. “It started with a cold, then an ear infection that wouldn’t go away, she just kept getting more and more pale, weaker and sicker,” said Laura Morris, Morgan’s mother. “Her pediatrician said this wasn’t normal and sent her for blood work. It wasn’t 24 hours before she was admitted to Baystate Children’s Hospital and diagnosed with leukemia,” she added. On October 7 2013, after two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy, “Momo” received her last treatment and celebrated with her family. Today she is cancer-free and living life like a happy, healthy seven-year-old girl. Morgan spends her time caring for her cat, guinea pig and dog. Not unlike other little girls, she also loves playing princesses, sports, and riding horses.

Morgan Morris

Why We Dance 

"I dance because every kid deserves a life full of joy and happiness!"

- Etana Handelman,

FTK Alumni

"I dance for every child I've met whose been stripped of their childhood and faced with an forgivable illness. They are my inspiration in life and the reason I am always FTK."

- Kaeli Armstrong, Mentor

"I dance because I want to spread hope and happiness. Seeing the kids be happy and smile is one of the best parts of FTK and I want that to continue on into the future."

- DJ Kenney, Morale Captain

"I dance because if these kids fight every day of their lives so we should be fighting for them too"

- Mattie Barany, President


Our Committee

Leadership Board

Mattie Barany


Isabella Caruso

VP of Marole

Hayley Solomon

VP of Public Relations

Emma Mastropietro

VP of Events

Mackenzie Sidelau

VP of External Relations

Mikayla Coffeen-Vandeven

Graduate Advisor

Rachel Gullotti

VP of Finance

Alexis Kay

VP of Internal Relations

Kaeli Armstrong


Steering Committee

Shannon McCann

Director of Internal Logistics

Dani Derosier

Director of Marketing

Ashley Weisser

Director of Alumni Relations

Lauren Basque

Director of Campus Recruitment & Membership

Rachel Mackoff

Marketing Assistant

Lindsay Abel

Director of Hospital & Family Relations

Caroline Reilly

Director of Morale

Emily Bell

Director of Morale

Lauren Gemelli

Club Sports Relations Chair

Alden Freddo

Co-Director of RSO Partnership

Megan Sweet

Co-Director of Mini Dance Marathons

Meaghan Bernard

Director of Morale

Sean Macdougall

Varsity Sports Relations Chair

Sydney Brant

Co-Director of RSO Partnership

Cole Caplan

Co-Director of Mini Dance Marathons

Jacob Sturtz

Director of Morale

Jack Watson

Co-Director of RSO Partnership

Laura Klein

Academic/General ClubRelations Chair

Abigail Kurdin

Director of Give Back Events

DJ Kenney

Director of Morale

Joe Murphy

Director of Greek Recruitment & Membership

Timothy Benton

Co-Director of RSO Partnership

Erielle Warshowsky

Give Back Events Assistant

Kassidy Peters

Director of Graphic Design

Levente Haber

Fraternity Relations Chair

Jared Chapman

Director of Corporate Sponsorship

Ryan Gibbons
Director of University & Athletic Relations

Eliza Sheehan

Co-Director of Social Media

Natalie Kenny

Sorority Relations Chair

Tymothy Regnier

Corporate Sponsorship Chair

Varun Nayar 

Co-Directors of Canning

Tara Steiner

Co-Director of Social Media

Emily Bosco

Corporate Sponsorship Chair

Rylee Marchand

Director of Marketing & Graphic Design

Hannah Cosgrove 

Co-Directors of Canning

Nikki Ready

Co-Director of Photography & Videography

Sheila Dillon

Co-Director of Photography & Videography

Alina Fischer-Medina

Director of Merchandise

Kasey Perkins

Canning Assistant

Nicole Stearns

Co-Director of Photography & Videography

Caroline Miller

Director of Communication

Kayleigh Skolnik 

Director of Logistics

Erin Wylie

Co-Director of Special Events

Kaylie Keating

Co-Director of Events

Tara Khalil

Director of Entertainment

Kim Manning

Director of Hospitality

Nikki Ready

Co-Director of Photography & Videography