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February 12, 2017 – CAF is happy to welcome Maiya Baum, who is joining us as an intern. Maiya will be working with National Communications Director Mary Woldegiorgis and National Development Director Henry Ackermann on a variety of projects.
CAF asked Maiya to share a little about herself with our friends:
“I am a recent college graduate from the University at Albany with a major in Communications and a minor in Africana studies. I have always had a strong passion for helping others in my community. During my college years, I have participated in countless volunteer opportunities some of which involved serving the homeless at soup kitchens, promoting and organizing awareness walks, and empowering young girls in the Albany community. I traveled abroad for a semester in Nairobi, Kenya. During this experience, I volunteered in Maasai Mara where I helped prepare nutritional meals for the locals, worked with the clinic to provide medical assistance for the locals, and I participated in environmental cleanup. After my visit abroad, I fully understood the importance of not only being proactive in my community but becoming proactive globally.
“My desire to help others and to learn new things is what led me to Cooley’s Anemia Foundation. I enjoy working in a setting where I am being challenged and pushed to be innovative. That’s how I knew that this foundation was the perfect fit for me. After discovering that thalassemia is so rare, I was very eager and excited to be a part of this initiative to help find a cure. I find it extremely important to promote awareness about this disorder and to educate the public in hopes of saving lives. In the future, I hope to have a strong platform to speak on issues that are important to me, my community, and worldwide.”
CAF welcomes Maiya and thanks her for so generously donating her time and talent to the fight against thalassemia.