Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning


Anita Virani

Anita Virani
Health Systems Management

Through my first service-learning course, I completed my engaged learning requirement by working with Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. This is a non-profit organization located in Chicago that offers an unforgettable experience to young children who have been diagnosed with cancer. They also provide financial support to the families of these children, and funding for further research on pediatric cancer. There, as a Special Events intern, I was responsible to assist the Director of Special Events in managing projects and organizing charity events that are set up to raise money for the foundation. I was also able to attend some of these events and administer the activities that were planned. Being able to see how my work impacted the lives of young children was the most satisfying feeling about this internship. My involvement with Bear Necessities (BN) helped me serve for a purpose that I am passionate about, advocating for the health of those who need it the most. In return, I learned about how the existence of these types of non-profit entities is necessary for our nation to meet its goals of improving the overall health of our society. My Bear Necessities reflection document further explains the wonderful opportunities BN opened up for me right at the start of my academic career at Loyola University Chicago.

See Anita's ePortfolio here.