Article by Mary Gajda about the important role volunteer drivers have for helping children and families access health care.
Segment by WILX’s Christiana Ford about the need for volunteer drivers.
Segment by Randy Stine at Q106 to encourage people to volunteer to drive children and families to medical appointments.
Executive Director Pam Miklavcic and Natalie Hool from Max’s Race talk about the future of the run for health and hope. Watch the segment here.
Executive Director Pam Miklavcic talks with Peggy Frisch, host of Senior Living on HOM TV. Watch the segment here.
TDP Executive Director Pam Miklavcic highlighted as an inspiring woman for her work to make sure children make it to their medical appointments. Read full article on page 6 here.
WLNS reporter Chivon Kloepfer interviewed TDP Executive Director Pam Miklavcic and a current TDP family. Watch the episode here.
As a soon-to-be college graduate from Michigan State University, I started the daunting but exciting job search process this past summer. Since I’m passionate about public service and social justice, I was hoping to find a role that would help me gain a better understanding of the unique challenges facing our community.
Throughout this process, I happened across an organization that addresses a challenge that I was already familiar with as a child who grew up without a car at home. That organization was The Davies Project, a non-profit that is filling a unique but critical role in our community: That of providing free rides to medical appointments for kids in need. I am proud to now serve as their family services coordinator.
Growing up, I was the kid on free lunch, from a single parent household, with no car at home due to my mother’s vision disability. These life experiences of hardship and adversity not only taught me how difficult life can really be for kids and families trying their best to get ahead, but have allowed me to truly empathize with the children The Davies Project serves, who have had, or are going through, similar struggles. Read more here.
“As of this month, The Davies Project (TDP) has provided 1,064 rides to medical appointments for 105 children in Mid-Michigan, with the help of 28 volunteer drivers. These are important and exciting milestones to recognize as TDP enter its third year of operation — a testament to the strength and commitment of TDP’s small but dedicated staff, volunteers and community partners.” Read full article on page 4 here.
Executive Director Pam Miklavcic went on FOX 47’s Morning Blend in March, 2017 to talk about TDP’s services in the Greater Lansing area and our volunteer recruitment push. Watch the full interview here.
Executive Director Pam Miklavcic went on The Team 921FM to talk about The Davies Project’s mission to provide transportation to families with sick kids in the Lansing area, as well as our effort to recruit more volunteer drivers. Listen to the full interview here.
“LANSING – Pam Miklavcic recalls the terror she felt on Christmas Eve 1999 when her toddler son’s fever couldn’t be brought under control. The family was out of state for the holidays and came straight home.“I called the doctor. I remember saying I am more scared than I ever remember being and I don’t know why,” she recalled. The terror was justified. Peter, 3, had leukemia and was gravely ill. Pam and her husband, Milan, now an associate professor of math at Michigan State University, also had a 1-year-old son and another baby on the way. More than three years of chemotherapy followed. Peter survived. He’s now 20, healthy, and studying mechanical engineering at the University of Rochester in New York. The experience changed Miklavcic, a Haslett mother of four with a doctorate in agricultural economics. Instead of working on microenterprise projects in Africa or surveying migrant workers in the United States, she has dedicated her career to helping other families with sick kids.” Read the full article here.
The Davies Project provides non-medical support to families in greater Lansing with seriously ill or chronically ill children. Our up-and-coming organization provides round-trip rides to local medical appointments for families that have difficulty accessing transportation. We plan to provide many types of additional support in the future. Our current team of 25 volunteer drivers (highly screened and trained) provides the rides using their own vehicles. We began this work in December 2014 and have had 56 children and their families reach out to us for help. In 2015, our first full year, we provided a total of 360 rides. Read the full article here.
“Leaders from The Davies Project for Mid-Michigan Children and The First Tee of Mid-Michigan will attend the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s leadership initiative, Leadership Lansing, at no cost this year thanks to a pair of scholarships provided by Resch Strategies.” Read the full article here.
“”We were a family with two Ph.D.’s, but found that navigating health care was one of the hardest things in the world,” Miklavic says. “There were so many obstacles. We saw that you can have the best critical care in the world, but if you don’t have access to that care, it becomes even tougher.” That experience led Miklavic to found the Davies Project in 2014: a unique service that provides community-based, non-medical support to local families caring for kids with serious illnesses and conditions.
In particular, the volunteer-driven Davies Project provides free transportation for families to clinics and doctor offices for medical care. To date, 23 volunteer drivers transport 53 children and their families to appointments in Greater Lansing. About 70 percent of clients are on Medicaid. Before connecting with the Davies Project, many of the families missed 60 percent of their appointments—simply because they couldn’t get there.” Read the full article here.
“The Davies Project provides transportation to and from medical appointments for children with serious or long-term illnesses. Ensuring children receive the care they need not only helps improve the health of the children, it can also improve the overall well-being of their families. In this charity spotlight, I spoke with the Executive Director of The Davies Project, Pamela Miklavcic.” Read the full article here.
Dr. H. Dele Davies, MD, Vice Chancellor University of Nebraska Medical Center and former MSU pediatrician and executive director Dr. Pamela Miklavcic spoke with WKAR’s Mark Bashore about how The Davies Project is helping break through the significant isolation families feel when trying to care for a seriously ill child; and our kick-off “Friend-raiser” event at which the 2015 Help Drive Change Campaign will launch and run through the end of the year. Listen to the full interview here.
The Davies Project founder and executive director Pamela Miklavcic spoke with Fox 47 News’ ‘Morning Blend’ hosts Bob Hoffman and Mary Turner about services available to local families, how to become involved with The Davies Project as a driver, and other opportunities to support its work. Watch the full interview here.
The Davies Project founder and executive director Pamela Miklavcic, and Dr. Roshni Kulkarni, director of Pediatric and Adolescent Hematology and Oncology at MSU’s College of Human Medicine, spoke with WKAR’s ‘Neighbors in Action‘ about how the project is developing in Lansing and how everyone can become a part of The Davies Project. Listen to the full interview here.
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