EVENT DATE: May 14, 2016
My Mitzvah project is raising money for The Naya Foundation to fight pediatric cancer. When I heard Naya's story, I was really inspired to help make sure no other kids have to go through what she went through.
Naya was a kid. She was my age. She was just like me...
Naya was a courageous, sweet, intelligent and funny 11-year old with a brilliant energy that rubbed off on anyone who knew her. She was diagnosed with high-risk medulloblastoma (brain cancer) when she was nine. She endured brain surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, only to relapse one year after her diagnosis. A cure didn't exist for Naya. In less than two years, her disease overtook her body and her brightness and smile left the world.
She strove to enjoy every day in a manner that was full of grace, love, happiness and laughter, and her determination to enjoy life didn't change even as she fought to overcome cancer. Her love for life continues to inspire thousands every day through her spirit and now The Naya Foundation. Naya's efforts have raised nearly $400,000 for pediatric cancer research and cures.
The Naya Foundation exists to create cures for childhood cancer. We contribute 100% of donations to advanced research, targeted treatments and clinical trials that accelerate the discovery of safer and more effective treatments for children with cancer.