LEXINGTON, Mass. — Serena Hajjar is not your typical teenager.
While other girls her age are busy working on their tans or shopping at the mall, she is out winning gymnastics championships, writing articles for publication, maintaining stellar grades and volunteering her spare time at one Armenian organization after another.
On her immediate agenda is not a state title for which she is capable of earning, but an Armenian Bone Marrow Drive in September. As of March, she has been on a committee that is planning a walk September 28, starting at the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center (ACEC) at 10 a.m. and ending in Watertown Square.
“Fortunately, none of my friends or family needs the services provided by this group,” she said in a recent interview. “I enjoy making a difference for the people whose life may depend upon finding a bone marrow match. I did the Walk for Life last year and I got involved.”
Closer to home was the money she raised for “MySchoolPulse,” a charity based in Lebanon that aims to provide gravely ill children with tutoring and other resources to continue their studies while being hospitalized.