A life too short

2012---15-settembre-3On December 2, 2012  at the age of only 29,  Michela Dorigo passes away due to a tragic car accident in San Vendemiano (TV) .

Michela was a promising young architect and lived in Conegliano (TV ), where she worked at the studio Pool Engineering for  Eng. Antonio Cancian for over three years .

Every weekend she came back home to Caorle to visit her family : parents Marco, Marina and her brother Ruggero.

At the young age of only eighteen she became type 1diabetic, and then insulin – dependent.

However, with her animated spirit and a great desire to always learn and never give up,     she graduated as a land surveyor with top honors ( 110/110 ) and then received her  Bachelor’s degree in Production Building and Science in Architecture, both obtained at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice.

After  passing the State examination for the exercise of the profession , she then enrolled in the Order of Architects of the Province of Venice.

Michela had acquired some professional experience at design studios in Italy and abroad in Rome at  the studio of the architect  Massimiliano Fuksas; San Donà di Piave at the studio Pro.Tec.O. architect  Valter Granzotto; Toronto (Canada) at the studio Onespace Architects + Interior Designers.

She was fluent in English, both spoken and written.

She traveled halfway around the world , even by herself , and had been able to cope with her illness without it ever weighing on the people that were closest to her.

Shortly before the tragic event, she dedicated her time as a volunteer for a clown therapy group called, Vip Claunando in Pordenone.

Soon after she began to collaborate with the Association of Voluntary Vip Venice Onlus San Donà di Piave , taking the name of “CICCICOCCA”.

In times of difficulty , to give herself courage and strength, she loved to repeat the ending of a poem by William Ernest Henley, very dear to Nelson Mandela :

I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul .

For all this and more, on December 1, 2013, at the initiative of her loved ones and friends, an association was formed in memory of Michela.

 “LA VITA : GIOIA DI VIVERE Michela Dorigo”

The association is non -profit , and pursues exclusively charitable purposes within social health .

The association pursues the following aims , directed to the care of young people with diabetes:

  • promotion of prevention activities , with the aim of spreading the knowledge of lifestyles, habits , food choices and remedies against the onset or aggravation of the disease in the young
  • provision of support for diabetes care , including providing material aid and organizational young people involved in treatment programs challenging
  • collection of funds for the purchase of materials and tools to support the care of young diabetics

For the first term of the Board of Directors,  5 women were elected : Claudia Dorigo , President ; Valentina Marchesan , Vice – President ; Milena Sira Zanon , Valentina Pizzolitto and Genny Marcolongo , Councillors.

Please be informed that registrations are open to the association and the cost of the annual pass is € 10.00. For further information or if you have any questions, please contact Michela’s dad Marco Dorigo at 0421 84174.