The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Western & Central New York Chapter has announced the 17 candidates who have signed up for Students of the Year. During this innovative and fierce seven-week fundraising competition, they appeal to family and friends to raise critical funds, which the society deploys to advance breakthrough treatments and to support the more than 1.3 million blood cancer patients in the U.S. The candidates/teams who raise the most money at the end of the competition earn the title Student(s) of the Year.
Students of the Year is a philanthropic leadership development program for exemplary high school students. During the campaign, participants foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management in order to raise funds for the society.
Top local fundraisers become eligible to win the national title. The students raise money in honor of a local patient hero who is currently battling or is in remission from a blood cancer.
“It’s amazing to watch these young men and women work so hard to fundraise and help us cure cancer,” said Michael Crisona, the society Western & Central New York Chapter executive director. “Students of the Year resonates with generation Z, who want to leave their mark in the world. As the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to fighting blood cancers, LLS has a legacy of innovating in the fundraising category, and Students of the Year is our newest addition. The one-of-a-kind program brings together students from diverse backgrounds and experiences who are compassionate and driven to reach their own personal fundraising best.”
For motivated high school students, Students of the Year ensures they stand out among their peers when engaging with colleges and future employers. Through guidance and mentoring from experienced professionals at the society, they can make a lasting impact in the fight against blood cancers. To learn more about the Students of the Year program, visit www.studentsoftheyear.org.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, LLS has chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients can contact the information resource center from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET weekdays at 800-955-4572. For additional information, visit lls.org/lls-newsnetwork. Follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.