Posted by: jaynedearborn | June 19, 2009

One Person Can Make A Difference

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” ~Edward Everett Hale

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Yes it’s true one person can make a difference. I will be profiling individuals who are making a difference in our world. The first person I chose to profile is my wonderful niece, Lauren Weiss. She continues to amaze me at the young age of 18 by reaching out and helping others in a tremendous way. She has a loving and generous spirit and there’s no challenge that’s too big for her “can do” attitude. You go girl!! Lauren is making a difference in this world and here’s how:

What did you do to help others?

For the past 4 years, I have been actively involved in the S.A.V.I.N.G Fashion Show (Saving All Victims In Need Globally) at my high school. It is a fundraiser fashion show that benefits different causes globally and raises awareness. Over the past three years, the show was focused on the victims and refugees of the genocide occurring in Darfur, Africa, and for those who have been struck by hunger and homelessness. This year, the show was focused on raising funds and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer and Research Foundation, and Mattel’s Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Approximately 500 people attended this year’s show which is our largest turnout yet.

What was your role in this event?

In the past, I have modeled and volunteered for the show. This year, I took on the role of event coordinator, spending almost 6 months preparing for it with the help of three other girls. So many steps are involved from managing every aspect of the show to lighting, securing food, vendors and hair stylists and makeup artists…it’s truly is a lot. I had to market the cause and event to gain the interest and support of different vendors and companies so they would donate product for the auction, and let us use their apparel for the show itself. I had many roles to coordinate to really execute an outstanding event–one that not only people would enjoy, but would also serve to educate them. The event took place through the Merage JCC of Orange County, in Irvine.

Why did you decide on donating funds to Pediatric Cancer Research?

As we sat to decide on a cause this year, and discussed certain options, a few really hit close to home. The one that truly stuck was the Pediatric Cancer and Research Foundation (PCRF). One of my partners, who has also been involved with the show, agreed with me. Her cousin, Jared, within the same month we started planning, had just been diagnosed with Lymphoma. It was something that hit rather close to home as my cousin, Max, was diagnosed with Leukemia as well. The PCRF was a great way to not only raise money to support research cures for those like Max and Jared, but also a wonderful way to educate people of all ages about childhood cancers and diseases.

How much money did you raise?

We raised over $7000.

If there was one message that you could pass along to others about doing this type of work what would it be?

There is always a way to help–for any victim of any case. It is never too late to start SAVING.

Who had the biggest influence on you growing up/like your hero?

My Aunt Lisa, definitely. She always has taught me to be the best person I can be. To be involved with everyone and everything.

What three words best describe you?

Driven. Motivated. Spirited

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