Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur is Nara Abrams, Founder of Imagine A Cure for Leukemia. Since the charity’s inception, Nara has committed to raising money and awareness for leukemia research until there is a cure; find out her inspiration in today’s profile…
Elevator Pitch: Describe your charity in a nutshell.
I started Imagine A Cure for Leukemia when my Mom completed her first round of chemotherapy for leukemia. I wanted to celebrate the success of her treatment. When you are dealing with cancer, things can change all the time and without signs. It was important to me to celebrate every “win” she had through her cancer journey.
Why did you start your charity, what was the inspiration?
The inspiration for “Imagine,” my Mom, always and forever.
What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The best part and the most challenging parts are the same. Connecting with families who have been touched by leukemia. The best part is giving them hope and inspiration. The most challenging part is when we lose someone to leukemia.
Where do you see your charity going in five years?
I hope to be “retired.” I hope there is a cure for leukemia (and all cancers). I have committed to raising money and awareness for leukemia research until there is a cure.
What does success look like to you?
Success is something that comes from within – your goals, aspirations, and positive influence. In my eyes, I feel very successful. I am grateful for the support that Imagine A Cure for Leukemia has received since day one. It’s allowed me to reflect, and say that I have been successful.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
The first cheque Imagine A Cure for Leukemia donated to research. Our goal was to donate $50,000. The cheque we wrote was for $80,000.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Think through your plan, and grow slowly. If something works, don’t fix it; rather, find a way to be innovative.
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
Imagine A Cure for Leukemia. I also have a strong connection to breast, ovarian and melanoma research.
What is Notable to you?
People who do what they say, and say what they mean.
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How do you keep active, energetic, and vibrant?
I teach spinning 4+ times a week, I do yoga at Spynga, and I don’t sit in the sun.