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Miss Connecticut 2017 Eliza Kanner

Eliza Lynne Kanner

When asked what inspired her platform, "For The Kids," Eliza Lynne Kanner said that the kids she has met from Connecticut Children's Medical Center are her heroes. Eliza, 21, is from Hamden, Connecticut. Eliza and her family understands what is it like to be a patient, as she was a patient at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in 1996, and Connecticut Children's Medical Center's quality of care allowed for Eliza to live a childhood free of serious illness, and her platform celebrates the 350 dance marathons that are held at colleges and universities nationwide that raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, like Connecticut Children's. Eliza is a senior at the University of Connecticut, where she is the Co-Executive Director of HuskyTHON, a year-long fundraiser for Connecticut Children's that culminates into an 18-hour dance marathon. Patients refer to HuskyTHON as a day that is "better than Christmas," and HuskyTHON 2018 is on the road to raising $1,000,000, For The Kids. 

Although born and raised in Connecticut, Eliza's grandmother is from Mississippi, so many summer memories growing up were from visits down south, including swimming with the gators in the bayou. Eliza was awarded with the StandWithUs "Leaders of Tomorrow Award" in 2016 in recognition of her Israel advocacy work on college campuses in the Northeast. Eliza aspires to travel the world as a broadcast journalist, and give a voice to those who have a story to share.

 
 

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