Woodland Hills, CA | 16
2014 Award Recipient
As a child, Morgan Davidson was a firsthand witness to her grandmother’s battle with and ultimate death from aggressive lymphoma. Before her grandmother died, Morgan made a commitment to do all she could to give hope to others suffering from the disease. Her initial one-day event, Cuts for a Cure, successfully raised $29,000, recruited 25 people to sign up for the National Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Registry, and set Morgan on a new tikkun olam journey. Inspired by her initial success, Morgan launched the Ambassadors for Hope Club and engaged other teens to help her on her journey to save lives. She set out to pursue the education she needed to become one of the youngest trained volunteer recruiters for Be the Match National Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Registry as well as a City of Hope volunteer recruiter for blood, plasma, and platelet donors. After four years of fundraising and hosting donor drives, Morgan has now successfully founded two high school chapters of the Ambassadors for Hope Club, recruited more than 250 donors for Be the Match, is personally responsible for matching four individuals in need with donors, and has raised more than $45,000 for City of Hope, a leading cancer research center.
Ambassadors for Hope Club – high school clubs that raise awareness about blood cancers through community blood drives, fundraisers for critical research, and bone marrow/stem cell donor recruitment.