THE BOON PROJECT
COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
We have exciting news! We believe that community is healing, and we have launched a new program to help grow that community! Our honored "Community Ambassadors" will act as representatives for The Boon Project and those we serve. Our 2021 class of Community Ambassadors will participate in a 7 month fundraising and awareness campaign where they will highlight issues facing young adults impacted by cancer, share resources and information to serve the demographic, and strive to meet fundraising goals to support the programs and services of The Boon Project.
Individual Ambassador Pages are available below
Or give towards the general goal fund here!
Meet the 2021 Boon Project Community Ambassadors:
Kara Williams, 23
Kara was born and raised in Charleston, SC. She is a 2019 graduate of Clemson University where she earned her degree in Recreational Therapy. Kara is a CTRS and is working to become a Certified Child Life Specialist. She was drawn to the Boon Project Community Ambassador program as she wanted to be a part of such an important organization and cause! Donate to Kara's campaign here!
Kevin Meadows, 36
& Nick Bianchi, 40 (team) Mount Pleasant and Charleston
Kevin is originally from Charleston & currently lives in Mount Pleasant where he works remotely for a technology company based out of Chicago. Kevin has been a part of Cancer to 5k as a running guide and is an active member of The Boon Project's Fitness Force where he inspires cancer survivors to find fitness again through his sweaty selfies! He is a graduate of Clemson University.
Nick is excited to help The Boon Project grow by being a Community Ambassador on a team with Kevin. He is also a native of Charleston and currently works in the area as an attorney. He has been active in helping local cancer survivors train and run a 5k through two seasons of Cancer to 5k. He has also been involved in The Boon Project since it started in 2017. He resides in Charleston with his wife Brenda and their three daughters. Give to Kevin and Nick's Team here!
Muskaan Makkar, 17
Muskaan is currently a senior at Ashley Ridge High School where she is a member of the Ashley Ridge Choir, Student Council and various honor societies. She is also the founder and president of the school’s Cultural Appreciation Club. As Miss Dorchester County Teen she advocates for diversity as her platform. She says she is honored to be a Community Ambassador because “Cancer patients and survivors are some of the strongest people in this world. It’s a terrifying disease and it takes a great deal of strength to get through it. If I can gain even an ounce of their bravery through the Boon Project, I would be ecstatic. They need all the love and support they can get, and I want to help in any way I can, as should other teens my age.” Give to Muskaan's campaign here!
Rachael Swiantek, 36
Rachael is a young adult cancer survivor who is passionate about using her story to help and inspire others. She is a Multiple Myeloma survivor and received a bone marrow transplant in the summer of 2019. She currently works as the Quality Manager for the Bone Marrow Transplant unit at Roper Downtown. She is involved with The Boon Project's Courage Club and has also been involved with the Charleston Chapter of LLS. She lives with her husband and 3 children in Summerville. Support Rachael's campaign here!
Sam Eby, 29
Sam is a Stage IV breast cancer thriver who uses her young adult cancer experience to help others. With a Bachelor's degree in psychology, focus in neuroscience and chemistry, she works as a mental health case manager. In addition to being a Community Ambassador she is a member of The Boon Project Courage Club and Fitness Force. Support Sam's campaign here!
Vanna James, 24
Vanna is a recent breast cancer survivor who underwent a double mastectomy in February 2020. She shares her story to help others who may face breast cancer and to spread awareness. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Limestone College and currently works in digital marketing for Fortibus Marketing. She is the current Miss Summerville and volunteers with Children’s Miracle Network, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Komen SC. To donate to Vanna's campaign click here!
Shelby Hagan, 21
Shelby has called Charleston home her whole life and is currently studying Sociology at the College of Charleston. She is pursuing a career in Child Life and is actively involved in her church, Christ’s Sanctified Holy Church. She has volunteered in the past at the Ronald McDonald House and with Camp Rise Above. She currently volunteers at the MUSC Children’s Hospital in the atrium (although that has been paused due to COVID-19). She was inspired to get involved with The Boon Project after seeing her dance teacher (and current Boon Project Board member) Susan Cram-Smith fight cancer as a young adult. Support Shelby's campaign here!