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The Meadows School Alumna Megan Alexander Wins Kirsten Frohnmayer Research Prize in Human Biology
The Kirsten Frohnmayer Research Prize was started by David and Lynn Frohmayer in honor of their late daughter, Kirsten Frohmayer who died in 1997 at the age of 24 from Fanconi Anemia, a genetic disease that causes bone marrow failure, leaving one vulnerable to life-threatening bleeding, fatigue, and infection. The prize is intended to help recipients further their accomplishments and research in human biology so that their efforts can improve the human condition. For more information on the Frohnmayers or the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, please visit www.fanconi.org.
Her father, Dr. George Alexander, a Las Vegas plastic surgeon and former president of the Clark County Medical Society, inspired Alexander to pursue a career in medicine. While a student at TMS, Alexander was passionate about improving children’s health. She devoted herself to work with Create a Change Now Foundation, a local non-profit, to help youth learn about developing healthy eating habits early in life to stave off serious health issues like obesity and diabetes. In her senior year at TMS, Megan received the Class of 1997 Scholarship, which was established in 2007 to recognize a senior who has demonstrated an exceptional academic record, has been involved in varsity athletics for two years as well as other organizations, and has displayed determination, character, and extracurricular pursuits outside of The Meadows School.
In addition to her studies at Stanford, Alexander currently works as a health educator at Arbor Free Clinic in Menlo Park, Calif., educating and counseling patients of the Cardinal Free Clinic on proper nutrition, physical activity and other components of well being. She is also the current president of the Stanford’s Health Advocacy Program, designing and teaching nutrition cooking classes to local middle school students.
In 2014, Alexander received Stanford University's Roland Longevity Fellowship through the Haas Center for Public Service for designing and implementing a physical activity initiative to complement The Health Trust's successful Meals on Wheels program.
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