How long have you been a champion?
I’ve been a champion since spring of 2017 (5 years).
Why is advocating for malaria important to you?
Since I was a child, I have always been interested in infectious diseases, and specifically, those caused by the mosquito. The idea that something as tiny as a mosquito has such a profound impact on humanity and history is fascinating to me. I advocate for malaria because I refuse to accept that this disease, which is both preventable and curable, continues to be one of the deadliest diseases on the planet.
Describe a memorable moment from your time advocating with United to Beat Malaria.
I have a few favorite memories – it’s hard to choose among them. One of my most memorable moments was meeting in St. Louis with Congresswoman Ann Wagner, who was involved in the creation of the Presidents Malaria Initiative. I was only 12 years old, and that was my first experience as a champion and a great introduction to advocacy. Another of my favorite moments was when I delivered the introduction for Peter Yeo, President of the Better World Organization and Senior VP of the UN Foundation, at Beat Malaria’s Leadership Summit Meeting in 2018. That was my first Leadership Summit, and I haven’t missed one since. At my high school, my most memorable advocacy moments were the two (and soon to be three) dress down days that I organized to raise money in support of Beat Malaria and the fight against malaria. Finally, reuniting on Capitol Hill in 2019 with my previous 2018 Capitol Hill Advocacy Day team (our “Dream Team”) – even just for a photo before we went our separate ways – willalways be a great memory for me!