Supporter Spotlight: The Cadets

The Cadet family
The Cadet family: Marcus, Claudia, Edwin, and Sofia (from left to right)

How did you first learn about the Me Fine Foundation?

I attended a fundraiser where all proceeds went to Me Fine. Joey Powell described the mission of the organization and I fell in love with it immediately. Serendipitously, Me Fine started working in my hospital (WakeMed) a few months later.

What about Me Fine’s mission most resonates with you?

I love that Me Fine strives to meet family’s needs no matter what they are. The Foundation tries to fill gaps not served by other organizations and gives families hope at a time of crisis. Given my direct involvement caring for families in the WakeMed NICU, I often see the direct impact the organization has on lightening each family’s burden. The relief Me Fine provides fuels my passion for the organization, not to mention the wonderful people that work so hard behind the scenes to make everything possible!!

What is the greatest influence for you when choosing a particular nonprofit organization or cause?

I believe in sustainable and efficient organizations that are deeply passionate about their work and stay true to their mission. As I work with critically ill children and their families, I strive to support organizations that alleviate their suffering and support research and training focused on childhood illnesses.

Growing up, who did you look up to and why?

My mom and grandmother because they were such incredible role models as intelligent, strong, independent women.

Claudia as a young girl, dressed in a t-shirt with giant fruit in front of a background with neon lasers
Claudia bringing her A-game to school photo day

What are you grateful for?

The opportunity to wake up every day and do what I love with the people I love.

The toy/activity that brought you the greatest joy as a child was:

Barbies and their related accessories (ice cream shop, beauty shop, car..)

What other community-based or nonprofit organizations do you support as a donor, volunteer, board member, etc.?

Manos de Ramon Foundation, WakeMed Foundation, Maracas Parent Association, Friends of St. Timothy’s, World Pediatric Project

What does being a part of a community look like for you?

Being part of a group of people who support each other while striving for a common cause.

What makes you laugh?

My children! My son’s jokes and my daughter’s infectious laugh.

If you could have any meal delivered to you right now, what would it be?

My grandmother’s fried fish with plantains, rice, and beans.

What are three words you would use to describe yourself and/or your family?

Curious, tenacious, and loving.

What would you like us to know about you/your family that we haven’t asked yet?

I am from the Dominican Republic and my husband’s family is from Haiti, so our household represents and blends two sides of the same small Caribbean island. Needless to say, we LOVE the beach and all things Caribbean!