Andrea Dinardo is the newest Comfort and Care Counselor. Andrea ensures patients and families receive timely, complete and accurate information so they can take part in care and decision making. She is responsible for psychosocial assessment and treatment of patients and their families; referrals to outside counseling agencies as appropriate and makes recommendations to the healthcare professional care team on the plan of care.
Andrea earned a master’s degree in social work with a specialization in trauma, children and youth in 2015. She became a licensed Social Worker in 2016 and is a grief professional with extensive training in trauma, suicidal ideation and crisis counseling. Andrea has worked with children, adolescents, families and adults in private practice schools and hospital settings.
Juliana Metcalf has become part of the AHRA team in her position as Volunteer Coordinator. Juliana works with all team members to create volunteer tasks and shifts based on the needs of the office and the availability to supervise the in-office volunteers as well as coordinate large volunteer group events.
Juliana previously held positions social services and behavioral health and was employed by Mesa Fire & Medical Department and Valleywise Health. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Arizona State University in 2020 and has her certification in Crisis Prevention from the Crisis Prevention Institute, received in 2021.
ABOUT AMANDA HOPE RAINBOW ANGELS
Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels is a nonprofit, support and educational organization. Founded in 2012, Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels is a celebration of Amanda Hope’s life.
During Amanda’s three-year fight with leukemia and nine-month battle with a brain tumor, Amanda dreamed she would one day design a fun clothing line for children like her that would provide comfort and dignity during chemo treatments. Amanda's life ended all too soon, but her dream lives on through AHRA’s Comfycozy's for Chemo apparel and Amanda’s legacy continues with AHRA expansion of programs and services.
AHRA’s Comfort and Care team of licensed counselors, coaches, and mentors provide free counseling, play therapy, and supportive services to families impacted by childhood cancer or another life-threatening illness.
While insurance may cover a portion of the medical expenses, it does not cover additional ‘Here and Now’ needs incurred because of treatment. AHRA relieves the financial burden of those ‘Here and Now’ needs by paying for gas, groceries, and utility bills for families.
The AHRA Financial Assistance program is available to qualifying Arizona families with a child battling cancer or a life-threatening illness. Arizona warrior families in need, should ask their social worker for requirements and the AHRA application.