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Putting Health First at Miss NJ USA 2020

$1,380 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 3 months
Hello! 

My name is Kavya Srivatsa and I have been selected as an Official State Finalist to become Miss New Jersey USA 2020. If I were to win (and I'm putting in my 100% to make that happen) I will be representing New Jersey at the prestigious Miss USA Pageant. 

I'm  raising money because there are several expenses that need to be met before the competition in November 2019. There is a $1295 sponsorship fee and a $195 registration fee involved, along with several other pageant-related costs. The good news is that my top sponsors get featured in the official pageant programme booklet and buinesses can write the sponsorship money off as a  tax deductable advertising expense. (details in photo attached) 

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This is about more than a just a crown
It's about starting important conversations and representing women on the mainstage who want to see a bit of themselves in the women they look up to. It's about finding meaning in the glamor and sharing the spotlight with the truth. 

Here's my truth.

I have endometriosis. So do 1 in 10 women. It is a chronic condition that arises when endometrial tissue grows outside of the uterine lining and sheds during the menstrual cycle without an outlet. 

It is excruciatingly painful and has robbed me of a lot of time, energy, and well being. But as much as it has taken from me, it has also given me something beautiful - a purpose. There is very little awareness surrounding this condition although it impacts the lives of so many women. I was a young girl in so much pain without an explanation for so many years. Knowledge is power, and the minute I was made aware of my diagnosis, I had the strength to push through and move forward with my life. I want to use the Miss New Jersey platform to share this power with others and to build a community of support and acceptance. Shining light on a plant in the shadows helps it grow, and that is what I hope to do by putting mental and physical health in the spotlight. 

We tend to take our health for granted, and my diagnosis has encouraged me to take steps to be the healthiest version of myself. Empowered women, at the most fundamental level, derive their strength from their bodies and their minds. In this fast paced result driven world, it becomes easy to forget that. I want to bring it back to the forefront and give it a moment to shine on the mainstage along with me as I compete to win the crown not for myself, but for my message. If you believe in my message too, please support me. I can't do this without you.  
 

With love and gratitude,
Kavya
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Thank you for helping me reach halfway to my goal ❤️ So grateful for everyone who has contributed to help me make my dreams a reality. Your encouragement keeps me going. Prep is in full swing for Miss NJ USA 2020! But I can't do this alone. Your support would mean the world to me and every single penny counts. If you own/know of any local NJ businesses that would be willing to sponsor me and be my partner in this journey, please reach out! #blessed #roadtomissnjusa
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