Michaela J. Gagne
(born September 23, 1982) was crowned Miss Massachusetts
in June 2006. She is a resident of Fall River, Massachusetts
. She received her BFA in art with a minor in psychology from the University of Massachusetts
. In 2006, she completed her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counselling and Art Therapy from Lesley University.
As Miss Massachusetts, her Platform Issue was Heart
Health: Listen, Learn, and Live, which was a reaction to having been diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition and having undergone surgery for an internal cardiac defibrillator at the age of 17. She is currently a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association
’s Go Red for Women campaign, and she has traveled to Capitol Hill several times to speak with members of Congress regarding the work that must be done regarding heart disease.
Gagne is a national spokesperson for the SADS (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome
) Foundation, as well as Parent Heart Watch, a group of parents making great strides in legislative and national awareness in memory of the children they have lost to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Gagne also serves as an international spokesperson for Heartbeat International, an organization that provides surgery and the means for pacemakers, defibrillators, and other devices to be implanted in some of the one million people who are dying every year without these procedures. In addition, Gagne continues to... Read More