Amelia Pinsky - Pennsylvania Nomination by Meggie Logue Photography by Tish OConnor Photography Issue 60 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Amelia Pinsky is a senior at Loyalsock Township High School. Throughout the past 2 years she has helped her mother through her breast cancer battle. She used this as an opportunity to give back to the community and designed a service project to make baskets for women suffering from breast cancer. Amelia is involved in many school organizations such as Student Government, Spanish Club, SADD, Interact Club and is a class representative; which she has held multiple positions in throughout her high school career.
What do you wish others knew about having a parent with breast cancer that you think they may not? It takes a toll on the entire family. Although it wasn’t me who had cancer, her treatments definitely took a large mental toll on my sisters and I, overall it is very draining and depressing.
What have you learned about yourself while taking care of your mother? I like helping people. I always knew that I wanted to do something in the medical field; but by helping her it really instilled in me that I would feel “successful” if I was able to consistently help others in some manner.
What is a favorite memory with your mother? My favorite memory with my mother is most likely when our dogs had puppies and we gave them each temporary names. It was really wholesome and even though it was a few years ago it’s still prominent in my memory.
What steps did you use to pursue the basket idea for women with breast cancer? I designed the bags all on my own based on things my mother had used during her treatments. I made a gofundme to raise money for the bags and ended up exceeding the initial amount, allowing me to increase the number of bags made to 30. I have communicated with the hospital and am planning on having them delivered sometime in October, in recognition of breast cancer awareness month.
What do you put in them, and where do you take them? The baskets are taken to the Hillman Cancer Center, part of the Williamsport UPMC facility. They have things to help with nausea, wooden silverware because chemo makes it so you can’t use metal utensils, coloring books for treatments, port pillows for seat belts, and a bunch of other convenient items.
What are you most looking forward to in your senior year? Spending time with my friends, because of Covid I didn’t have the most normal high school experience. I hope that this year brings a lot of fun memories and experiences with my peers.
How did you find and why did you choose Tish O’Connor Photography for your senior photographer? I chose Tish because she’s a family friend and lot of my friends that graduated in previous years had their photos taken by her.
What was your experience like? What did you love most about it? I loved my experience; Tish made me feel very at ease and comfortable. She was adamant about making sure I was okay with the different poses and the angles she was shooting from.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I do my best to give back to my community not just by helping my mother; but by helping the children that I work with advance their learning for school.
Tell us more about the children you help. How did you get started and what do you do with them? For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved working with kids. I mainly work with the families I babysit/nanny for. I try to help them with reading, writing, and basic math skills. I hope that by building up their foundations with these skills will pay off in the future.
What is your best leadership quality in this endeavor? My best leadership quality is the patience I have with kids. I feel like a lot of people get impatient and aren’t able to help teach them without talking down to them.
What else would you like to talk about? My family and the importance they have in my life. They mean the world to me and I don’t know who I would be without them.
Tell us about your family and where you fit in. I am the middle child of three girls. My older sister is a Junior at Penn State and my younger sister is a sophomore in high school.
How would they describe you? They would probably describe me as assertive, I know what is right and wrong and am adamant about speaking up on things I don’t believe are just.
What is a tradition with your family that you hope never ends? Almost every winter we go to New York City and spend the weekend there. This is a core piece of my childhood and is something that I hope continues even when I’m in college.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be? The importance of helping others. I feel that most people of this generation tend to look out more for themselves than others. Although I feel it is important to put yourself first, one shouldn’t forget the importance of helping others in their community.
Look for Amelia in issue 60 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!