As I've sat and edited this website for several months now, this page has always stopped me in my tracks. I always struggle to encapsulate with words who Nina was, and I always fear I will never do her justice. Nina, was and is such an influence in my life. Since meeting her, I strived to have even a fraction of her intelligence, work ethic, and passion for everything she did. I believe that to best explain Nina's Legacy, would be through the words of those she loved, and who she was loved by.
I met Nina last year at one of our first DM meetings of the year but it was at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital where our friendship grew. Nina was a Family Relations Captain with me and she was being treated for leukemia herself. Nina’s unique experience made her an exemplary Family Captain - she knew firsthand the experiences many children go through at the hospital. But Nina was never defined by her illness. Nina was a natural people person with a compassionate heart. She was an athlete and a scholar. She loved theatre and she excelled in all she did. She was a genuine friend and she never failed to brighten everyone’s day. Nina passed away in May but she fought her battle with strength until the end. Her friendship was the most amazing gift and she will forever be one of my greatest inspirations.