As the Founder and President of Heart2Heart, Hilary Gushwa’s mission is to expand the National Marrow Donor Program and to raise money to teach others about the causes and treatment of Leukemia. Since founding the charity in 1999, Hilary Gushwa has raised more than $55,000 through a wide variety of fundraising initiatives. The donations have been used primarily for bone marrow testing and the registration of volunteers in the National Marrow Donor Program. As a result of Hilary Gushwa’s diligent work, hundreds of names have been added to the bone marrow registry, giving hope to current patients and increasing the chances future patients will find a match. More information about Heart2Heart can be found at www.hilarysheart2heart.org. One of the most creative programs Hilary Gushwa helps facilitate in the name of fundraising is the “Human Sundae Program,” a donation drive that provides information to children in elementary schools about blood related cancers and how they can make a difference by donating their change. The program culminates in an assembly, during which the children get to decorate Hilary as a “human sundae.” Through imaginative campaigns such as the “Human Sundae Program,” Hilary Gushwa’s efforts yield great rewards for leukemia patients in both funds and in the education of the public. Hilary Gushwa has the honor of being Miss California International 2009. Hilary’s duties include being a spokeswoman for both the California International Pageant and the American Heart Association’s “Go Red” campaign, which is dedicated to informing and protecting women from the effects of heart disease. As the newly crowned Miss California International, Hilary Gushwa is often a featured speaker at many public appearances to promote the “Go Red” campaign, and she is honored to play this important role in spreading the word to women of all ages to safeguard their cardiovascular health. For more information about Hilary Gushwa's events and appearances in her own words, visit misscaliforniaintl09.blogspot.com. In addition to her philanthropic work, Hilary Gushwa is currently a student at California State University Northridge where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. The California native is also a member of the Swarovski Crystal Society and enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.