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We’re happy to introduce you to Eman Faris—our new Prevention Programs Intern! Eman recently graduated from the University of Maryland where she majored in community health and worked as a Health Peer Educator. Learn more about Eman, her passion for health education and her love of thrift stores!

What excites you most about joining the Colon Cancer Alliance?

I love working with organizations that have a positive impact on communities and, as a recent graduate, I'm very interested in learning how nonprofit organizations operate. Plus, everyone here is so friendly!

What sparked your interest in health education?

As a public health major, sometimes I took all of the information I learned in class for granted. However, I soon realized that everyone didn’t have the same opportunity to learn about important health topics like I did. After working as a peer educator on campus, I discovered how much I enjoyed teaching and being a gateway to new information.

Tell us something interesting about yourself!

A lot of people get a small kick out of this, but my name (Eman) spelled backwards is “name.” I promise my parents didn't do that on purpose. 

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go to Ethiopia. That's where my parents are from and a lot of my extended family still lives there.

Give us your top three thrifting tips. 

After years of thrifting experience, here are my top three tips:

  1. Be prepared to spend time at the thrift store—gems are hidden and take a while to find. 
  2. Don't be afraid to buy a few funky pieces. Shake up your wardrobe and have a little fun! The beauty of thrifting is that you can take risks purchasing items that might not seem like something you'd normally wear, because you're not spending much.  
  3. Find out when your local thrift store has major discounts. Most stores have sales on a set day every week. Yes, thrift stores are already cheap, but who doesn't like an extra 50 percent off? 

Don’t forget, the Colon Cancer Alliance serves as a source of information about colon health. If you have additional questions about colon cancer screening or are in need of support, please contact our free Helpline at (877) 422-2030. We’re here to help. 

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