When she was just 11-years old, University of Maryland senior Ola Ojewumi was diagnosed with a rare heart condition. She just collapsed one day and woke up in a hospital—with a new heart and a new kidney.
“It’s a miracle to get one organ, but I’ve gotten two. I’ve received the opportunity to live an extraordinary life and give back to [the] community,” Ojewumi said.
The, now 21-year-old, gives back through two non-profits she started herself: Sacred Hearts children's transplant foundation and Project Ascend. Both organizations have raised awareness for organ donation and funds to help young girls in the D.C. metro area. Because of her hard work, this college student is nominated for a BET “Making a Difference” Award.
“I was in complete shock, they said I was on their radar and I was like oh my gosh. It was mind-blowing,” she said.
If she wins, Ola says she would like to use the $2,500 prize to create a scholarship fund for students who have received a transplant.
“A lot of people don't understand how hard it is to be sick and in college and sometimes you need extra assistance,” Ojewumi said.
The winners will be chosen based on nation-wide voting results. Ola hopes the D.C. area comes out in a big way to support her.
“I've faced the impossible and I've sat at the doorstep of death and I've used my story to impact the lives of others. You can help me continue to help me change the world by voting for me to receive the BET making a difference award,” Ojewumi said.