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Mairéad McInerney McAteer Legacy Scholarship

On February 4, 2024, Mairéad’s husband Michael, her family and her friends lost their absolute favorite human to Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC). 

Mairéad had so many commonalities with the LUCY youth, and she became a “LUCY Loyal” from day one, attending LUCY’s annual fundraising events, speaking and presenting at programs, referring candidates for staff and volunteers, sharing resources and advice.  She and her sister grew up in the Queens, NY. Their parents did not have the opportunity to attend college, so the girls were navigating the application process as first-generation students. They went on to attend LUCY community partner universities, St. Joe’s and Villanova.  She often dreamt of starting a scholarship in honor of her parents, to help youth and young adults as they pursue their own college dreams.

Mairéad’s dedication to social justice began in high school but continued in college, participating in service immersion trips to Northern Ireland, Appalachia, and the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. Following her time on Hawk Hill, Mairéad pursued and acquired her master’s in Social Work at The University of Pennsylvania. She worked in foster care for Presbyterian Children’s Village, Lighthouse Hospice, and the AmeriHealth Community Care Management Team, dedicated to improving quality of life, access, and health outcomes in under-resourced communities. In 2022, she was recognized as a Top 25 Emerging Leader in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare and as a Top 10 Executive by Managed Healthcare Executive. Over the past year, Mairéad has courageously shared her story and her knowledge via interviews with WHYY and on social media to educate others on the challenges, fears, hope, and accomplishments in the fight against Triple Negative breast cancer. Her advocacy will continue to console, reassure, and soothe the journey of those to follow.

Mairéad has always been a huge advocate and voice for immigration reform, racial justice, women’s health, and under-resourced communities, and her voice will be an inspiration and motivation to LUCY staff, youth and alumni, as well as future scholarship recipients to continue her legacy. 

Our mother, Catherine Anne Page, was an amazing role model. Entrepreneur, church deacon, community servant, Girl Scout troop leader. She wore many hats, making friends wherever she went with her easy going, inclusive personality. Yet, her life could have turned out very differently. Growing up, she endured not only the daily strains of poverty, but also the harshness of parental alcoholism. She did not have much, but a kind and loving aunt provided her with a catholic education through high school. Read more…

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