Summin is exploring her many passions, including social entrepreneurship and social work. Over the last five years she has completed a business degree at Simon Fraser University and volunteered/worked with over eight non-profit organizations. At the age of 13 she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and since then she has been diagnosed with celiac disease, fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis.
Summin has struggled with chronic pain, depression, and unaesthetic symptoms, often leaving her feeling trapped and alone. The idea for LUMEN arose from her choice to use her strength and courage to share her story, with the goal of inspiring people to discover their own power. She has taken on this project with the belief that every individual matters and as long as LUMEN changes one life, then it is successful.
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Balraj is working towards completing her business degree at Simon Fraser University. Throughout her time at SFU she has developed passions for social entrepreneurship and helping others, which shows through in her commitment to LUMEN. Although she has not overcome an illness physically within herself, she is a close supporter of someone who has and believes this is equally challenging.
Balraj works towards overcoming the adversity attached with alcoholism and depression without letting it define or confine her. She is a strong believer of being comfortable in one’s truth and owning your own story. One of her main motivations within LUMEN is to provide support for anyone who is either primarily or secondarily affected by an invisible illness.