APRIL 22, 2004 — JULY 30, 2015
On April 13, 2014, Angelina was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma. Prior to her diagnosis, though, the only symptom was a stomach pain. After many trips to doctors and emergency rooms, several X-rays, and weeks taking laxatives for what was suspected to be chronic constipation, a tumor was found in Angelina's abdomen, it was wrapped around her intestines and attached to her stomach.
After five months of chemotherapy and radiation, the tumor was successfully removed and her prognosis was excellent. Although Angelina was thought to be cancer free, by March of 2015 a routine check found three more tumors in her abdomen. The tumors were removed immediately, and again, Angelina was thought to be free of the cancer.
In June 2015, nine more tumors were discovered. The doctors had informed Angelina's family that she could no longer receive radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Unfortunately, at the time, there was not much the doctors could do without finding a trial. During the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Angelina received one trial medicine, but it did not effect the cancer.
On July 30, 2015, Angelina lost her battle with cancer. She passed away surrounded by her family and friends.
Angelina had a passion for helping others — especially kids. Before her cancer diagnosis she loved to volunteer at special events and give to kids who were without or sick. From the beginning of her battle, Angelina would ask to buy gifts for the children on her floor at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Spending a long period of time in a hospital is not easy for the children, their parent, or siblings. For the Miele family, one of their comforts during their stays at the Children's Hospital was music.
They knew music moved them, but as they stood together in their own battle they found comfort and motivation in music. Music would get Angelina's adrenaline going prior to chemotherapy or a procedure. She would sing her fight song to get through the long stays. Her family sang together for fun. Her mother and stepmother would sing her to sleep. The days CHOP's music therapists would visit would make a boring day a happy day as they played instruments, laughed, and interacted in new ways.
Angelina's Song provides grants to Children’s Hospitals for Music Therapy and to help grant specific wish items that are music related to children battling life threatening illnesses, while supporting pediatric cancer research.