Zoe Lalji is being honored for her work in launching and leading the Lalji ALS Foundation and ALS Heroes. She was recognized January 12 at The Mad Hatter’s Luncheon, a Houston fundraising event hosted by Le Jardin de Nicole, and spoke about her business experiences so far.
Zoe is an Entrepreneurship Diploma student at The Village School and created her foundation under the guidance of Christine Galib, the Entrepreneurship and Wellness Director.
In November of 2017, Zoe’s father was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). She spoke at a TedEx event in Sugarland about the difficulty of turning this tragedy into a transformative moment when their family chose to make it their mission and “something gifted to us to make an impact on the world.”
As a student in Entrepreneurship courses at The Village School, she took her natural gift for speaking along with her passion and love for her father, and created the Lalji ALS Foundation and ALS Heroes. The mission is to raise hope and awareness for the disease, as well as to conduct research in pursuit of a cure. Recently, Zoe hosted a Day of Silence at The Village High School, where over 500 students practiced silence for an entire day to raise awareness for ALS. At the Mad Hatter Luncheon, Zoe spoke about the profound impact this had on her, in seeing peers take initiative to help support their family.
The Lalji family continues their tireless work in fundraising, researching and most importantly, Zoe notes, spending time together as a family, battling the disease with all-encompassing, healing love.
Read more on the ALS Heroes website.