Every day, the lives of women and girls are threatened by menstrual toxic shock syndrome (mTSS) due to tampon use and lack of education regarding the associated risks, dangers, signs, and symptoms of this serious and preventable illness.
Our mission is to make the world safer for our daughters, sisters, friends, and wives. Our foundation has been making a difference worldwide from speaking engagements and articles in international publications to working with legislators creating bills that change women's healthcare. We will not rest until women have been empowered with the necessary, life-saving educational materials to help prevent complications and needless deaths from mTSS.
The Maddy Massabni Foundation for Toxic Shock Awareness was founded in honor of Maddy Massabni, who died at the age of 19 from menstrual toxic shock syndrome on March 30, 2017. We have made it our lives' work to increase awareness of menstrual toxic shock syndrome (mTSS) through education and legislative advocacy to save lives.
ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
Dawn Massabni obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has managed over 100 interns and developed several training programs that were implemented and still practiced today throughout her former organization. During that time her article on a management training program was published in R&D Army Magazine. Dawn has dedicated immeasurable volunteer hours over the past 20 years to community organizations including schools and youth programs.Today, Dawn is an EMT, founder and CEO of the non-profit Don't Shock Me - Maddy Massabni Foundation for menstrual Toxic Shock Awareness (MTSS). She travels worldwide on speaking engagements, has given many public and personal interviews, has articles published throughout the world, spoken on podcasts, and is currently working with local and federal legislators in changing women's healthcare policy and educational requirements.
George Massabni attended The University of Tampa, earning both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Criminology and Criminal Justice. He is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and is skilled in management, leadership, communications, writing, and research.
George has always been passionate about helping others. This is evident in his willingness to volunteer with numerous local organizations, doing everything from working in the kitchen to coaching lacrosse for underprivileged youth.
In the summers between college, George assisted in managing a local, growing, family-owned restaurant, and since graduating he coached a successful college lacrosse team before finding a home at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.
George has found his passion for making the world a better place by dedicating his life to the students at RFH High School as a Special Needs Teacher. It is here that he feels he can make a positive impact on the students' lives and future. In addition, he is the Head Coach of the RFH Junior Varsity Lacrosse and Junior Varsity Soccer teams, as well as the Assistant Coach of the RFH Men’s Swim Team.
In the summers, he coaches The Team 91 Club Lacrosse travel team, where he continuously inspires his middle school players to strive to be their best each and every day.
No matter where life takes him, George will always have Maddy, his sister and best friend, by his side. They are always and forever each other's world.