WHO ARE WE?
The “Alex’s Team” Foundation, Inc. (ATF) was founded in June 2002 in commemoration of the late Alexandra Jane Miliotis, who lost her life to leukemia at the mere age of 16. As a testament to Alexandra’s strength and courage throughout her battle with leukemia, the unique organization funds the front lines of pediatric oncology in their pursuit to defeat childhood cancer.
With the help of ATF’s loyal supporters, the foundation helps to create and maintain innovative programs in clinical care and research that all share one common goal: finding a cure for this dreadful disease.
Alex’s Team fights childhood cancer by funding pioneering programs in pediatric oncology, research, and care.
An Andover, MA native, Alexandra “Alex” Miliotis was known for her strong-willed nature, intelligence, and wisdom that went beyond her years. Like her twin sister, Arianna, and older brother Geordie, she was heavily involved in Andover sports throughout her childhood. .
Extremely sick from chemotherapy treatments but so-wanting to be a regular teen, Alex fought very hard to beat the leukemia that ravaged her body for 10 months. She once attended a school basketball game covered with warm blankets and a head wrap, and was seated in a wheelchair at the end of the bench to cheer on the team that included her twin sister, Arianna Miliotis.
Diagnosed in May 2001, Alex died on March 15, 2002. She was just 16.
Here is a poem that Alex wrote while awaiting a brain biopsy during her time at Boston Children’s Hospital
Though negative, worrisome thoughts continue
to cross the minds of myself and of those around me,
I cannot, will not let these things discourage me.
I keep fighting.
In isolation, but with people and prayer
and support and love and faith enveloping me,
I stand alone, overcome by loneliness
but at the same time smothered with love and support.
I cannot worry. I cannot let this win.
This soon will be over. I will have defeated it.
I will live.
I will find the courage and strength to be me again.
Patti Miliotis – MS, Alex’s Mom, Chairman of the Board
Arianna Wilson (Miliotis) – Executive Director
Ryan Wilson – President
Katherine Kimball – Vice-President
Gregory McQuade – Treasurer
Caitlin McQuade – Secretary
Terrence O’Donnell, Esq. – Assistant Treasurer for Taxes
Geordie Miliotis – Director of Business Development
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Patricia D’Amore – PhD, MBA, FARVO
Kathy Houlahan – MHA, MSN, RN
Brent Kimball – CFP
Mark Miliotis, Esq. – Alex’s Dad
Stephan Thieringer – PhD, The Human Innovation Garage
Loren Walensky – MD, PhD