Michael is an atypical meningioma brain tumor survivor. She volunteers at Springfield Neuro and Spine Institute and the Neuro Trauma ICU at Cox South Hospital where she spends time with brain injury patients and their families offering emotional support and other important resources. After a few months of her volunteering, Michael and Adene decided to have a walk to honor survivors and those lost to traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, and brain cancer. Shortly after Grey Matters Fund of SWMO came into being.
Michael has always enjoyed helping people, and felt called to help others with brain issues after her surgery and radiation. With help from Adene Smith, Neuroscience Nurse Manager at Springfield Neuro and Spine her volunteer work was born.
Michael has been married to her high school sweetheart since 2011, and has three sons. She enjoys baking, gardening, and reading.