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June 19. 2017

West Roxbury student selected for medicine global youth summit


Johanna Brait, of West Roxbury, will represent Dexter-Southfield School and Massachusetts at the Brandeis University Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine.

Brait has aspired to become an oncologist since surviving stage 4 Burkitt’s lymphoma at age 7.

“The next generation of health care providers will practice in an environment hard to imagine just a few years ago. Leading-edge science is rapidly changing the daily practice of health care” said Steven Goldstein, chairman of the Global Youth Summit at Brandeis University and dean of the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago. “We are in the midst of the most significant and fundamental change in health care delivery in our lifetime, and young people who start now will be the future leaders in the field of medicine.”

Aligned with Brandeis’ elite admissions standards, only students with exceptional academic records and test scores as well as documented interest in a medical or health career were invited to apply. Out of the hundreds of applicants, Brait is one of only 230 delegates selected for the program.

According to Andrew Flagel, senior vice president for students and enrollment at Brandeis: “The delegation comes from across the country and around the world. I am very proud to be welcoming this incredibly talented, diverse and passionate group of young leaders to Brandeis.”

Delegates to the summit will gain behind-the-scenes insight into the world of health care through experiential learning, guest lectures and networking opportunities with leaders and innovators in the global medical community in order to build upon their already significant abilities and chart their path to becoming leaders in medicine.

“Soon it will be routine to order the complete map of each patient’s genome, and the staggering potential of truly personalized medical treatments for both chronic and acute illnesses will be in our hands, as will be the responsibility for handling this powerful information in an ethical manner,” Goldstein said.

Delegates will hear from prominent Brandeis faculty members including fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and medical researchers and innovators. The summit’s keynote addresses will be delivered by Dr. David Roberts, dean of external education at Harvard Medical School.






Hanna’s Community Service Speech – February/2016

Hanna’s 2nd degree black belt test – May/2015

Hanna’s Joins with String Theory Quartet concert to benefit MAWF – October/2013

Hanna sings with the Jimmy Fund Chorus at Red Sox Opening Day 2013

Channel 7 Giving Back Video
Channel 7 Giving Back Video


Channel 5 Heroes Among Us


Heroes Among Us State House Ceremony


Celtics Heroes Among Us at
4/17/2010 Play-Off Game


Hanna on stage at the 2010 MAWF Gala


Spreading love: Cancer survivor sells hearts for hope.


Spreading Love: Cancer Survivor Sells Hearts for Hope


2009 Indomitable Spirit Award Ceremony

Wish child wins national award for "Indomitable Spirit"
Massachusetts girl honored by Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America for "Hanna's Hearts of Hope"


Hanna proudly accepts the Indomitable Spirit Award When Hanna was just seven years old, she was diagnosed with stage four Burkitt's lymphoma.  Hanna fought through months of chemotherapy and persevered all the way to the gates of the Magic Kingdom , where her wish to visit Disney World® was fulfilled.

Hanna returned home with a heart full of hope and a new dream to fulfill.  She felt inspired to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, to help other children with life-threatening medical conditions experience hope.

With help from her dad, Hanna filled a heart-shaped walnut shell with melted crayon to create a beautiful necklace.  She decided to make and sell more necklaces - and donate the proceeds to the Foundation.  Hanna created a website to share Hanna's Hearts of Hope with the community!

Recently, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America presented Hanna with the Lori Schultz-Betancourt Indomitable Spirit Award.  To date, Hanna has raised over $12,000 for Massachusetts wish children.  This national award honors Hanna's creativity and courage, as she shares the power of the Make-A-Wish mission throughout our community!

Pictured left to right; Bob Bigler-Former Chairman of the National MAWF Board, Charlotte Beattie- CEO of MAWF of Massachusetts & Rhode Island, Johanna Brait-2009 Indomitable Spirit Award recipient & David Williams-President and CEO of the National MAWF
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