One Mission - Ashley Haseotes

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Company: One Mission, Framingham, MA
Company Description: One Mission is a pediatric cancer foundation. Rather than fund long-term solutions like cancer research, our programs and services provide immediate relief from the relentless wrath cancer unleashes every single day. Programs & services that lift the spirits of patients & their families, help the healing & recovery process & make life more livable during treatment and hospitalization.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Woman of the Year - Government or Non-Profit

Nomination Title: Ashley Haseotes, President/Founder

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated woman since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words): TEXT REDACTED FOR PUBLICATION

Ashley Haseotes is the President and Founder of One Mission, a pediatric cancer foundation dedicated to doing whatever it takes to get kids through cancer. One Mission was born out of Ashley and her family’s journey with cancer. At seven months old, Ashley’s son was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a very rare form of leukemia. They spent six months living at Boston Children’s Hospital, their lives turned upside down. Thanks to the incredible care that her son received, today he is cancer free. This life-changing experience inspired Ashley and her husband to start a foundation that puts the kids before the cancer and provides help, hope, and care to kids and families impacted by the disease. Rather than funding long-term solutions like cancer research, One Mission funds immediate relief initiatives that alleviate the relentless wrath cancer unleashes every single day while helping to bring happiness back into the kids’ world.

What she started in her home in 2009 has grown into an organization that has raised over $7 M and has helped over 7,000 pediatric oncology patients and their families to date. Ashley does not take a salary and runs the organization on a full-time, volunteer basis.

Ashley's largest accomplishments in 2016 include:

1. Sustained the One Mission Buzz Off for Kids with Cancer; an annual event raising $1M; 2016 was the 7th year for this event and more than 800 heads were shaved
2. Cultivated and grew partnerships with sponsors into new markets including Philadelphia; these partnerships include large corporations, media outlets, and the foundation for an NFL Team
3. Expanded One Mission's programs and services from four states to six
4. Continued to serve as a mentor for families of pediatric oncology patients

One of Ashley's greatest strengths is her ability to create honest and genuine relationships not only with those who participate in One Mission's events, but also her staff, sponsors, volunteers, and most importantly patients and their families. She serves as a mentor to many parents and caregivers who have recently received their child's cancer diagnosis, as well as those that are out of treatment and adjusting to a new normal.

Over the past year, this mentorship piece has become even more prominent and important as she has become a go-to resource for many families, as they know she and her family lived through cancer and she will lend a caring heart, open ear, and thoughtful insight.

Ashley continues to push the envelope and not rest on One Mission's current accomplishments. She is always looking for ways to improve as well as new opportunities for growth, all with the goal to help more kids and their families each year. Along with One Mission’s hospital partners, she continually evaluates One Mission Programs and Services to make sure One Mission is meeting the current needs of patients and families to make life more livable for them during this difficult time. These One Mission programs and services include financial relief grants, music and art therapy classes, sports outings, as well as holiday parties and much more.

Ashley truly does whatever it takes to help kids and their families get through cancer.

Provide a brief biography of the nominated woman (up to 125 words):

Ashley and Ari Haseotes are the founders of One Mission. They are the parents of three children. Their eldest child, Nicholas, was diagnosed with AML leukemia at the age of seven months. Nicholas was treated at Boston Children's Hospital and at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It was their family’s journey with pediatric cancer that inspired them to create One Mission. Ashley currently serves as One Mission’s President and as a director on their board. Mrs. Haseotes worked for a large Savings and Loan Institution for eight years prior to having children. The sales experience she gained while working as a wholesale mortgage representative has given her the tools to develop and grow One Mission.