Students of the Year Fresno

Kylie Hurd | Anne's Warriors

Kylie Hurd's LLS Student of the Year Letter

Dec 29, 2021

Dear Family and Friends,

I am thrilled to announce my nomination by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as a candidate for the 2022 Student of the Year campaign. I have accepted this amazing opportunity, and I will proudly be honoring my Nana, Anne Groefsema Hurd.

Watching my Nana battle Leukemia for 4 years was the hardest thing that I have ever had to go through. Although my heart shattered, my Nana’s willingness to survive and the amazing doctors at Stanford and UCSF gave her 4 more years of life. She continued to give me hope that she could beat this disease and always told me “don’t worry, be happy”. With determination, courage and ongoing strength my Nana fought and beat Leukemia. Sadly, two years ago, my Nana passed away due to the side effects from her blood cancer. Still to this day I can hear her voice in the back of my head, saying, “Hi Doll,” like she did every time she saw me. A day never goes by where I don’t think of her contagious laugh, delicious cooking, and her determination to live life to the fullest. My Nana was a true warrior in her battle every single day, giving us all a true lesson that you only live once, so leave no regrets.

Now it is my turn to fight like a warrior for the patients and families who have or are going through these awful diseases. The LLS Student of the Year campaign is a 7 week long fundraising opportunity from which all proceeds will go towards research and finding a cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma. With your help, from February 24 – April 15th 2022, it is my goal to raise as much money as possible for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and honor my Nana, Anne Groefsema Hurd, with a research grant in her name.

If you would like to join my campaign and help find a cure for Leukemia, checks can be made payable to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and can be collected beginning February 24, 2022. Please note Anne’s Warriors on the check. You can send your donation to: 1350 E. Pacheco Blvd B225 Los Banos, CA 93635. All donations are tax deductible. You can also visit my website or scan the QR code, to make a donation online or to get information on my future fundraising events.

Please join me, my Pops Chris Hurd, my family and my 2022 LLS Student of the Year team as together we become Anne’s warriors. I know my Nana would be very proud of me and our community for giving back to such a special cause like LLS to help find a cure.

With Love,

Kylie Hurd



Kylie's Students of the Year Fundraiser

Nov 17, 2021

I have signed up to save lives with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and am working to raise as much as possible over the next 7 weeks. Every dollar raised counts as one vote for my campaign. The candidate(s) whose team tallies the most votes earns the prestigious title of Student or Students of the Year. Will you help me earn that title?
As you know, everyone wins when cancer loses. Thanks to your support, my efforts will help fund therapies and treatments that are saving lives. Over the years, support from people like you has been responsible for the blood cancer advancements that have doubled, tripled, and in some cases quadrupled the survival rate for some blood cancers.
Many LLS-supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are also now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers and are in clinical trials for patients with lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. And LLS-funded drugs like targeted therapies and immunotherapies are now saving thousands of lives every day.
We really are getting close to our goal of a world without blood cancers!
All donations are greatly appreciated and tax-deductible. They'll not only support LLS research, but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.
Please visit my website often and tell friends who would also like to donate!
On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support! For more information about LLS, please visit



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