Komen’s Fabulous Intern

This summer we had Alexis Lehrman come and intern with us for a few weeks at our office, and in May Alexis won the Prudential Spirit of Community Award!  Here is what was released about her by the Prudential Spirit of Community Award:

“Alexis, a freshman at Design & Architecture Senior High, has raised more

Imagethan $50,000 over the past five years for the fight against breast cancer by recruiting friends and professional artists to help her create paintings that are then turned into posters and sold at Susan G. Komen for the Cure events. When Alexis was 8 years old,

she spotted a pink donut in a Dunkin Donuts shop and thought the store should use the colored donuts to raise money for breast cancer. That’s when she realized she, too, had the power to make a difference. “Ever since that day, I have asked for charitable donations instead of birthday or holiday gifts,” said Alexis. “Save a life or get a present I will barely remember? That was a no brainer!”Alexis 

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Alexis meeting Senator Nelson

contacted her local Komen chapter for information and then decided to have birthday parties “with a purpose.” An avid artist, Alexis invited her party guests to create paintings based on the pink-ribbon symbol for breast cancer awareness. She also recruited renowned artists to paint alongside her. After the paintings are completed, they are mass-produced and sold at Komen events. Alexis also displays her posters at events throughout South Florida, works to secure support from corporate sponsors, mentors other young women at Girl Scout jamborees and speaks at a wide variety of charitable events. In the five years since Alexis began her project, women on both sides of her family have been diagnosed with breast cancer. “When I began, I thought I was fighting for other women’s lives,” she said. “Today, I realize I may be fighting for my own.”She was named Florida’s top high school youth volunteer in February, and was officially recognized in May at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History along with the top two youth volunteers in each other state and the District of Columbia. At that event, each of the 102 State Honorees for 2013 received $1,000 awards as well as personal congratulations from Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix. The honorees each also received engraved silver medallions and all-expense-paid trips with a parent to Washington, D.C., for this week’s recognition events.” Image