Susan Marie Kairalla Memorial Fund

Five years ago today (April 6th), our Mommie/Grammie left this world but not our hearts.
We started a memorial fund in her honor that has awarded a scholarship annually since 2017.
The Susan Marie Kairalla Memorial Scholarship is awarded to one student who best exhibits Susan’s dedication to public service, volunteerism, and education advocacy.
Please help us keep her memory alive and continue to allow her to support the education of children.
Please visit the link below to donate what you can.
With your support we can all continue to make a positive impact in her name.

Susan Marie Kairalla (1950-2017), passed away from complications associated with  a three-year fight with pancreatic and then stomach cancer. She was endlessly grateful to the doctors, nurses, medical staff, and everyone who gifted her with the care and love that allowed her the time she gained. Being forced into type one diabetes after the removal of her pancreas she shared an even closer bond with her first born granddaughter who is also a type one diabetic.

She dedicated a significant part of her life to advocating, as a volunteer, for the interests of the students of the Miami-Dade County Public School system.  She spoke regularly before the School Board, worked directly with board members on numerous projects, and chaired/participated in a number of School Board subcommittees, including food and nutrition, audit, attendance/boundary, diversity/equity, among many others.

Her four children — and six grandchildren — are proud products of Miami-Dade schools and take great inspiration from her tireless efforts to make a positive difference for all children.  Despite the many set backs over the last few years, she remained positive and lived life to the fullest — advocating, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.  There is a sizable void in the world now that she is not in it, but that void is filled many times over with the love and inspiration she passed on to those around her.

To continuing her missions of giving and caring for the health and education of the children we have begun this fund in her honor. Please join us as we continue her legacy.

Fund Administrators

  • Lauren Kairalla


CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:

By Mail:
Susan Marie Kairalla Memorial Fund
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane
Truckee, CA 96161

Use credit card by clicking the link below.

The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of Charitysmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer.

For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.

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