Elizabeth Melachrinoudis - Top 5 Under 25

Both of Elizabeth’s parents lost their individual battles to cancer, but she now uses her story to inspire others. Elizabeth has worked with the Gift of Life Marrow Registry where she led a team of other interns and in just six months registered over 300 new marrow donors- one of which went on to be the life-saving donor for a 60-year-old woman battling leukemia. By registering that donor, Elizabeth was able to provide a family with a happy ending that her family never experienced, and she “will be chasing that feeling for the rest of her life”.

Because of her success as an intern, Elizabeth was honored to be offered the position of Director of “Hero” Recruitment for a Bone Marrow Transplant Advocacy program called Marrow Mates. She was tasked with overseeing their groundbreaking Extended Family Donor Search program which helps minority patients seeking marrow transplants find their “hero” donor. Elizabeth’s life motto is, “be the kind of person that you needed when you were younger”, and she is extremely proud to say that she believes she is accomplishing that every day.

What motivates you?

"I am extremely motivated by the amazing support system that I have behind me and watching over me. If I can make those who believe in me proud, I can do anything."

What is your favorite book?

"My favorite book and podcast are coincidentally by the same person, Nora McInerny. Her book, “It’s Okay to Laugh: (Crying is Cool Too)” is a must-read for anyone experiencing loss or grief, as well as anyone that may be supporting a loved one through grief. She also runs a podcast called “Terrible, Thanks for Asking”, where she talks to people with complicated stories about their real and honest feelings. I recommend both to anyone who has ever felt like they are the only person in the world who is feeling the way they feel."

What is your favorite quote?

"Be the person you needed when you were younger” Ayesha Siddiqi

What is one piece of advice you would give our readers?

"When you have an idea, be passionate about it and make your voice heard. Never allow the fear of failure to keep you from pursuing and achieving your dreams."

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