Student Visionaries of the Year South Bay

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Team for a Brighter Future

Feb 19, 2023


Our names are William Corry and Christine Xie, and we are running as co-candidates in the Student Visionaries of the Year Campaign to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the leading nonprofit in the world supporting blood cancers. Our mission is to support cancer patients and their families, who are fighting for their lives and their loved one's lives, through financial means and patient support and education. With the funds we raise, we hope to not only relieve patients' families from the financial burdens that rest heavily on their shoulders but to also help patients by creating a positive and supportive community to give them hope, strength, and encouragement during their fight for a brighter future of being cancer free.

Our team, TEAM FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE, has set a goal to raise $150,000 in the period of seven weeks (February 21-April 14). We are running in honor of William Corry, Daniel Dreiling, and Stephen Kroger.

I, Will, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in April of 2021. It was my freshman year of high school, and I was living a normal life as a student and athlete. One day, my legs started to feel heavy, and I was constantly fatigued. I got bloodwork done, was rushed to the hospital, and was diagnosed with cancer the same night. My white blood cell count was 114,000 compared to a normal 10,000, and my hemoglobin count was at 4,000 compared to a normal 15,000. I immediately started chemotherapy and was in the hospital for a total of 4 months. I received three chemotherapy cycles, each lasting about a month, and a bone marrow transplant. Throughout the whole process, I was unable to see friends and my sister, lost all my hair and muscle, and was stuck in the same room. It was a very tough battle but after over a year of recovery since my transplant, I am now back in amazing health, in complete remission, and back to doing the things I love like playing soccer! I am so grateful to be in good health and want to help other blood cancer patients going through things similar to what I did.

Daniel is a middle school student and friend of ours. He was living life as a normal middle school student, playing baseball and hanging out with friends. Out of the blue, he was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in February 2022. He has received a lot of chemotherapy to get rid of the cancer, but still needs to receive another 2 years of chemo. Unfortunately, he has faced many complications, including going into septic shock, but he has bounced back from each one with determination. Daniel’s courage is remarkable, and he is an inspiration to all of us.

In 2017, Stephen was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes, a type of pre-leukemia cancer. I met Stephen's mom Dorsey, a ninety-year-old woman, through church and started to write letters to her during the pandemic. To get Stephen the blood transfusions and weekly checkups he needed, Dorsey drove over an hour at least two times a week to Cedars Sinai, which was very hard on her. She did everything she possibly could to support Stephen, even when he got pneumonia and when he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Because the blood transfusions were temporary fixes, Stephen needed a stem cell transplant to get better, which he got in May of last year. Ever since, he has been recovering and is now in remission. However, he is still struggling and suffering from low blood pressure problems and cannot walk stably.

These stories strongly show that anyone can be affected by cancer, and patient support is crucial for both cancer patients and their families. WE NEED YOUR HELP. As the leading blood cancer nonprofit, LLS offers the unique opportunity to help by:

  • Funding cutting-edge research leading to breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine that are improving and saving the lives of patients

  • Providing free education and support for blood cancer patients and families, including personalized, one-on-one support, assistance with identifying and enrolling in clinical trials, and more.

  • Mobilizing thousands of advocates to drive policy changes that accelerate the development of new cancer treatments and break down barriers to care.

We would greatly appreciate a donation in any amount to support Team For a Brighter Future. If you would like further information about our cause, we would be happy to schedule a meeting.

Striving for a brighter future,

William Corry and Christine Xie

Team for a Brighter Future

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  • Maily Huynh

    My cousin, Maggie, lost her battle to leukemia at the age of 13. I know what it’s like to see someone you love struggle with blood cancers. It is wonderful that you are fundraising for LLS, and making a difference for the many people that are continuing to fight blood cancers.

  • Suzanne Rothman

    You are amazing young leaders. Keep up your amazing work. Suzanne and Lola Rothman

  • Kristin Giordano

    My cousin is the real MVP So much love ❤️

  • Heart & Mind

    Way to pave the way for more and more healing to more and more people!

  • Christen Todosiev

    So great to see you out playing soccer again and living your life to the fullest! Thinking of you and Daniel. 💜? It’s been good to have him back in my classroom. Strength and healing to you all. Bright futures await. Always consider my door open, Mrs. Todosiev

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