Journalist, Blogger, Women’s Health Advocate
At age 22, less than a year after graduating from Princeton with highest honors, Suleika Jaouad was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia. At that moment, Suleika realized life is not about the interruptions, but how we cope with them. Suleika (born July 5, 1988) is a young journalist, blogger, and women’s health advocate who has become a prominent public figure for cancer survivors across the globe. She became one of the youngest Emmy Award-winning New York Times journalists in the spring of 2012, when she started her column “Life, Interrupted,” from the bone marrow transplant unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Her engaging column, video series, photography, and social media attracted the attention of major publications and media outlets including NPR, Glamour Magazine, Women’s Health magazine, The Huffington Post, and NBC’s TODAY show. We first met Suleika at Cooking Live! New York in 2012. She instantly captivated us with her intelligence and deep compassion for everyone around her. She is now an irreplaceable asset to our National Advisory Board and a valuable mentor to children, teenagers, and young adults dealing with the tribulations of cancer. Suleika is currently teaching and lecturing at universities and conventions around the country, as well as working on her first book.