Ocean Drive Magazine’s Miami Hero Award at The Limited at Dadeland Mall on Tuesday, August 10, 2010. Â Kristen Kenney, founder of Malaika For Life (www.malaikaforlife.org) has been awarded Ocean Drive’s “Miami Hero” award for her philanthropic efforts to fight malaria and dedication to saving lives and empowering communities one bracelet at a time.
The award, which seeks to honor Miami natives who are making a difference in their communities and beyond, includes a $2500 donation to Malaika For Life and the opportunity for the organization’s signature “save a LIFE” bracelets, to be featured and sold at The Limited in Dadeland Mall.
Kristen Kenney contracted severe malaria in Africa in 2009 while filming a documentary on global peace. She survived the life-threatening disease with the proper medication, and as a result, started Malaika For Lifeâ„¢, to raise funds through the sale of handmade bracelets to purchase and distribute malaria medication to vulnerable communities. Â Â Kristen graduated from University of Miami in 2006 in Broadcast Journalism. She worked on-air for Public Broadcasting (PBS) and SEC Sports before running Malaika For Lifeâ„¢ full-time.