The Health Advocacy award winner, Rachel Friedman, is a junior at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. She is being recognized for her work in a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Perform For A Cure, that she started when she was eight-years-old. Inspired by her mom’s three-time struggle with cancer, Rachel and Perform For A Cure raise money for community cancer programs in Maine. Each year, Rachel helps to organize and lead hundreds of youth in her variety show. She performs, works backstage, choreographs and speaks about the importance of cancer awareness. To date, her fundraising efforts have totaled over $50,000 and she has given hundreds of children an opportunity to share their art with the community.

Congratulations to Rachel for her commitment and activism to make Maine a healthier place for girls and their families and for winning this year’s Girls Rock Award for Health Advocacy!  Hear the rest of her story and her advice to girls, below!

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Maine General

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