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State Honoree

Marissa Feigelson

Alabama

Marissa Feigelson, 13, of Birmingham, Ala., a seventh-grader at Mountain Brook Junior High School in Mountain Brook, helped prepare for and coordinate Birmingham’s Race for the Cure last year to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Marissa, whose mother and aunt are both breast cancer survivors, had participated in the Race for the Cure for five years, but then decided she wanted to do more. “One of the best ways for me to show support to my mother was to become actively involved,” Marissa said. One of her volunteer responsibilities was to assemble more than 200 gift bags that were presented to breast cancer survivors at the race. She also helped make pink bows that were sold to raise nearly $4,000 to benefit breast cancer research. And after it was all over, Marissa helped clean up the race site. Marissa’s involvement has had such a personal impact that she plans on being even more active next year and has recruited several friends to volunteer, as well.