• Modesto High Student Organizes HPV Awareness Event Offering Free Vaccinations


    Event named “The Jakshi Project” in honor of student’s late grandmother 


    WHO: Mahima Krishnamoorthi, a junior at Modesto High School, will host “The Jakshi Project,” a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) awareness event, open to the public.

    WHAT: The free, public event will feature presentations by a physician and a cervical cancer survivor, including information regarding HPV and its effects. Spanish translation will be available. Following the presentations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vaccinations for Children (VFC) Program will provide free HPV vaccinations for young men and women under 19 years of age who meet one of the following qualifications: Medicaid-eligible; Uninsured; Alaska Native; or American Indian. Attendees younger than 18 years of age must have a parent/guardian present to receive a vaccination. Students from the Grace M. Davis Health Careers Academy will provide free, basic vital checkups. The American Cancer Society will hand out informational brochures.

    WHEN: Thursday, December 4, 6 p.m.

    WHERE: Little Theatre, Grace M. Davis High School, 1200 W. Rumble Road, Modesto, CA 95350

    WHY: Mahima Krishnamoorthi hopes to build HPV awareness through “The Jakshi Project” event in December. The Modesto High School junior said losing her grandmother to cervical cancer is the motivation behind the event. HPV causes 90% of all cervical cancers and is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). HPV vaccinations are given in three shots over six months; it is important to get all three doses. Mahima plans to organize additional events so those who receive a vaccination at the December event can receive all three shots.

    Mahima is the president of the Modesto High School “Panthers for the Cure” club, which raises funds and awareness for cancer and other health issues. Last school year, the club raised over $3,600 for various health organizations, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society and Free the Children. Mahima partnered with the American Cancer Society to host the first Central Valley High School Relay for Life event, raising $2,700.

    Mahima is a Modesto High School junior, a member of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and has a 4.00 GPA. She plans to attend a four-year college or university, medical school, and pursue a career in oncology.