Michmershuizen stays positive and helps others through health challenges

by marband19@pceagles.org / Mary Kate Bandstra

Marijka Michmershuizen: literature lover, caramel M&M’s eater, teen pop and Big Time Rush listener, Apples to Apples player, and lover of green. All of these things describe sophomore Marijka Michmershuizen, but none are more important than a “big-hearted helper.” Michmershuizen looks on the brightside of life and has decided that she is going to do everything she can to assist those in need. “I want to help others because of all those who have helped me,” she said.

Michmershuizen has been partnering with the Ronald McDonald’s House in Iowa City to collect pop can tabs at PC. The Ronald McDonald House provides a comfortable and welcoming “home away from home” for families, like hers, who have had to spend time in or near the hospital. They accept donations of pop tabs that are then recycled, and the money is used to offset the costs to house the families. The aluminum in the tab is a higher-grade metal and thus has a higher recycling value, 1 pound = 1267 tabs. The tub of tabs is filling up as everyone at school is contributing and wanting to give. “A lot of people are collecting pop can pull tabs and that’s great to see. If there’s anything I can do to help, I want to do it, because so many people have helped me,” said Marijka.

Marijka poses with her tub of pop can tabs that she is helping raise for the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City.

Appreciative and always smiling, Marijka is grateful for those who helped her in the midst of her health complications and hospital stays. “I am thankful for my friends and family,” she said. “They are always there for me.”  

Marijka is also thankful for the people that just treat her normally. “I like to laugh, go on my phone, and hang out with my friends just like anyone else,” said Marijka. She is a very firm believer that “laughter is the best medicine.”

Around school, it is helpful to her when people hold doors open, carry lunch trays, and shine a smile. “I like to make people smile. If I can show people that I can smile with all of my issues, they know that they can smile too. That makes me happy,” she said.

The next time you get the chance, go talk to Marijka. Her positive attitude, smile, and wit will make your day. Ask her about her love for history, learning about WWII, and her passion for creative writing. She’ll be glad to tell you about these things and more, with an infectious smile on her face the entire time.

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