JCI News Dalilah Kalla of Mauritius selected as one of the 2011 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World
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For her extraordinary work in disease awareness and patient advocacy, Daliliah Kalla of Mauritius was named a 2011 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership. After being diagnosed with lupus at the young age of 13, Kalla embarked on an arduous journey of perseverance and survival. Lupus is a presently incurable autoimmune disease where the patient’s immune system produces excess antibodies, which instead of protecting the body from bacteria viruses, attack the person’s own body tissue. Her emotional and physical strength led her to an outstanding contribution to others living with lupus. In 2000, Kalla founded Lupus Alert, a nonprofit organization providing moral, emotional and financial support to people living with lupus as well as spreading awareness of the disease to the public. Kalla’s goal is to provide lupus education to others including teachers, friends, family members and even health and government professionals who are not aware of its symptoms and complications. Lupus Alert also provides patient services and community awareness promotion to advance research initiatives. Thanks to Kalla’s efforts, Lupus Alert, in partnership with other lupus groups around the world, is working to create worldwide recognition of the disease. Her leadership and passion make her a source of support for other lupus patients and their families. JCI TOYP JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impacts in their communities. These ten young active citizens will be honored at the 2011 JCI TOYP Ceremony and reception Wednesday, November 2 at the JCI World Congress in Brussels, Belgium. About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5,000 communities across more than 100 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a global impact. Visit www.jci.cc to learn more. Contact: Krissy Durant, Programs Manager, JCI (Junior Chamber International) programs@jci.cc
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