As a social work intern the services I help provide span across social support for people facing cancer and their loved ones. I engage with patients by learning about them and their needs while also making sure to understand where they are at. My role includes outreach to patients and their support systems, one on one support, connecting them with resources that can help with their needs and advocating for patients within the health system.
I received my B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Social Justice and Social Welfare at the Cal State Northridge in 2017. After graduation I worked for a non-profit Bone Marrow Registry helping blood cancer patients find their life-saving marrow matches. I ran fundraising events, bone marrow drives, and even helped assist with a celebrity PSA. I was able to help add over 3,000 individuals to the national registry and have found 15 life-saving matches for patients from marrow drives I helped run.
Currently I am in my final year of getting my Master’s in Social Work from the USC Suzanne-Dworak Peck School of Social Work. During my first year of training I was placed at Tarzana Treatment Center where I worked in an out-patient mental health clinic. I saw a range of patients with different mental health diagnoses and worked to help deal with them. I have long been passionate about Oncology causes and have been involved in fundraising, volunteering, and working with organizations since I was in high school. When my grandfather was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, I knew it was my mission moving forward to help patients and their families deal with such diagnoses.
In my spare time, I am an avid concert-goer, traveller, and reader! Living in Los Angeles, my favorite music venue would definitely be the Hollywood Bowl! I also have recently started collecting Vinyl Records and enjoy playing all kinds of music on it, but am partial to my Beatles records.