My name is Rachel Jordan and I am the current Miss New Jersey U.S. International. I am excited and honored to be working with the Enright Melanoma Foundation in order to help spread skin cancer awareness and education, in the hopes of preventing the most common form of cancer in the United States.

Here is a little about me: I am 22 years old, hail from South Jersey and I am a very recent Rutgers University graduate. When I am not busy with school or my sorority, I love to go running, bake and travel. This past May, I graduated with a Journalism and Media Studies degree and hope to one day work as a broadcast journalist. 

My love and appreciation for charity and volunteer work started in high school, but it wasn’t until my freshman year of college that I truly learned how beneficial volunteering and spreading awareness could be. I worked very closely with the Susan G. Komen Foundation through my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, but I also worked with several other organizations, including Children’s Miracle Network and Embrace the Kids. Spreading awareness and providing education is an easy and worthwhile way to help prevent any form of cancer. I learned that a single pamphlet or a quick information seminar can truly go a long way and could even be the first step in early detection. 

In December of 2012 I was crowned Miss New Jersey for the Miss International Organization, the third largest pageant system in the world. For those of you who are not familiar with the pageant world, titleholders are usually required to have a “platform” or a cause that she will work to promote, through volunteer work, during her reign. Skin Cancer Awareness is a cause that is near and dear to my heart, as I have witnessed close friends and family members struggle with skin cancer. 

I wondered if these people in my life would have had to experience the adversities of skin cancer if they were educated on the risks of UV rays and how to detect skin cancer in its earliest stages. I also worked in a tanning salon for several years during high school and college, and I witnessed the aesthetic and health-related damage that indoor tanning provokes.

I am excited to get started working with the Enright Melanoma Foundation and will frequently update everyone with my experiences! Thank you and I will post more very soon.

Goodnight all!

Rachel
 

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