Leanna Marie Edward is a teen with a heart for giving back. At just 16 years old, she has accumulated more than 2000 hours of service. She is a volunteer at Elders First, an elderly daycare where she socializes with senior citizens and teaches younger students the ropes of being a volunteer.
Leanna also serves at her local VA hospital in the hospice and palliative care unit. At the VA, she has earned the admiration of both patients and staff by being the only student volunteer who has “stayed more than a week.” Leanna’s also proved to be an excellent recruiter. Following her inspiring example, more than 21 biomed students have applied to become volunteers at the VA hospital.