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

Executive Board


DJ Kenney



Erin Wylie

VP of Events


Hannah Cosgrove

VP of Morale


Kaeli Armstrong

VP of External Relations


Nicole Stearns

VP of Public Relations

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Jacob Sturtz

Graduate Advisor

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Emily Bosco

VP of Finance


Abigail Kurdin

VP of Campus Relations


Dani Derosier

VP of Greek Relations

Rylee Marchand


Steering Committee

Sydney Brant

Director of Internal Logistics

Marni Heiten

Director of Sorority Partnership

Sophie Achilles

Director of Alumni Relations

Jessie Lobocchiaro

Director of


Shannon McCann

Director of Campus Recruitment & Membership

Cam Scott

Director of Fraternity 


Lindsay Abel

Director of Hospital & Family Relations

Rachel Mackoff

Director of Morale

Adam Levine

Club Sports Relations Chair

Tyler Heffernan

Co-Director of RSO Partnership

Caitlyn Riedl

Co-Director of External Dance Marathon

Varun Nayar

Director of Morale

Garrett Hirsch

Varsity Sports Relations Chair

Gina Campbell

Co-Director of RSO Partnership

Olivia Pietroburgo

Co-Director of External Dance Marathon

Yana Mullokandou

Director of


Erielle Warshowsky

Academic & General Club Relations Chair

Alex Chitarra

Director of Financial Graphics

Lauren Kagan

RSO Relations Assistant

Katherine Edell

Director of Morale

Ari Purdy

Director of Greek Recruitment & Membership

Adriana Trama

Co-Director of Graphic Design

Nicole Cacciapouti

Director of Campus Stewardship

Emily Brooks

Co-Director of Graphic Design

Ryan Covino

Fraternity Relations Chair

Brendan O'Neill

Corporate Sponsorship Chair

Eliza Sheehan
Health Club & University Relations Chair

Natalie Bronfine

Co-Director of Social Media

Emily Bell

Sorority Relations Chair

James Dirico

Corporate Sponsorship Chair

Lara Klein 

Co-Director of Canning

Patrick Sullivan

Co-Director of Social Media

Kayla Kay

Co-Director of Marketing

Tim Benton

Corporate Sponsorship Chair

Skylar Davis 

Co-Director of Canning

Sheila Dillon

Director of Photography & Videography

Adam Mosher

Co-Director of Marketing

Kim Manning

Director of Greek Stewardship

Stephanie Edwards



Kassidy Peters

Director of Merchandise

Samantha Souza

Director of Communication

Kayleigh Skolnik 

Director of Logistics

Nikki Ready

Director of Photography & Videography

Kaylie Keating

Co-Director of Special Events

Maria Trifiro

Director of Entertainment

Joey Cappadona

Director of Hospitality

Jackson Megar

Photography & Videography Chair

Colin Denizkurt

Co-Director of Special Events

Caroline Birney

Director of Hospitality