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Madison Cavanaugh

At just 7, Madison Cavanaugh has endured more than her youth belies. She battled cancer at age 4, enduring chemotherapy for two years. Now cancer free, she says she is trying to “fit in everything I missed out on when I was sick.” She’s a Girl Scout, and takes dance lessons and plays softball. “I really enjoy being around other people.” While she still visits All Children’s Hospital every other month to “make sure I am OK,” Madison sees a bright future ahead.

Extraordinary Girl – Maggie Westlake

Violin player, excellent student, animal lover, Girl Scout — these descriptions all fit 16-year-old Maggie Westlake, the only girl in a family with four boys. She has five dogs, two cats and a rabbit so it should come as no surprise that she’s in the veterinary assisting magnet program at Tampa Bay Technical High. She’s also the concert master for the school’s orchestra. She also has been a Girl Scout for 10 years, earning Bronze and Silver Awards.

Extraordinary Girl – Madison Lynn

Madison Lynn, 12, is in the seventh grade and plays for the Lady Bandits Travel Softball Organization. At a young age, she has already learned the importance serving her community.

Ampy Suarez

Born in Cuba, Ampy Suarez emigrated to the U.S. with her family in 1967, settling in the Miami area. Early on, Suarez knew she wanted to work with abused children but it wasn’t until her then 8-year-old daughter brought home a friend from school who was in an abusive situation that her call to work with abused children came to fruition.

Extraordinary Woman – Pam Iorio

From a young age, former Tampa mayor Pam Iorio, who grew up in Temple Terrace, knew she wanted to be a public servant. The woman who would one day lead the city realized her dream at a young age, serving as a county commissioner at age 26. She was the youngest person ever elected to the Hillsborough County Commission and was on the board from 1985-1992. Iorio was elected three times to the office of Supervisor of Elections for Hillsborough County, serving from1993-2003).

Ashlie McFarland Fulmer

Born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, 29-year-old Ashlie McFarland Fulmer graduated from USF and worked as an elementary school teacher for six years before becoming a stay-at-home mother, her dream job.

Extraordinary Woman: Darci Glazer Kassewitz

Darcie Glazer Kassewitz is passionate about helping others. As co-president of the Glazer Family Foundation, established in 1999, she is dedicated to improving the lives of residents across the Tampa Bay area. The foundation is dedicated to assisting charitable and educational causes in the West Central Florida region.

Extraordinary Woman: Aymee Brace

Born in Scotland, Aymee Brace is practically a native Floridian, moving to the state when she was 3. The mother of three boys, she’s busy not only as a special events planner helping Orlando’s Puff ‘n Stuff Catering expand into the Tampa market, but also with her work with the National Association of Catering Executives.

Extraordinary Woman: Andrea Graham

A native New Yorker, Andrea Graham knew early on that she wanted to be part of the theater.

Extraordinary Woman: Patricia O’Leary

Driven to help children and their families succeed, Patricia O’Leary has been working to fulfill this calling for decades. For 10 years, she owned a Huntington Learning Center, an accredited school that offers remedial and enrichment services to students.

Extraordinary Woman: Carolyn S. Hennecy

Carolyn Hennecy is a survivor and now the Lakeland native is helping other women, telling her story in Orange Blossom Wishes: Child Molested, Woman Abused – Her Victorious Journey to Freedom. The 2008 memoir, available at Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.com, takes readers through her childhood and a nearly 16-year marriage filled with emotional, verbal and physical abuse to her escape.

Extraordinary Woman: Margarita Romo

On the other end of the phone line came the words, “Are you really coming?”
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