Students of the Year Chicago

Kennedy Pemberton | Team Beverly and Kennedy

Kennedy's Students of the Year Fundraiser

Feb 20, 2022

My name is Kennedy Pemberton and I am a junior attending Lake Forest Academy. I am excited to partner with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to save lives 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?

My commitment to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is extremely important and personal. You may be aware that I lost my beautiful Grandmother, Shirley Bush, to Leukemia on August 4th, this past summer. My Grandmother had acute myoid leukemia (AML) and was 76 years old. Sadly, this disease took her from us four months after her diagnosis. If you had the opportunity to meet my grandmother over the years, you had a chance to feel the love she was able to surround others with. Like many others battling blood cancer, she left us far too soon. I miss her terribly and wish she was physically still here with me. I can’t bring her back but I can help make a difference for others by raising money and awareness to find a cure. And, I am determined to do just that!
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



  • The Cooke Family

    Great Work Kennedy. We are proud to support the effort to help end this terrible disease. Cancer is awful, but you are taking action. Love, The Cookes (Brandon, Michelle, Kal-El)

  • Dina Lissner

    Shirley Bush ??

  • Colleen Cassell and Bob Barrett

    Kennedy, we are Very supportive of raising money to defeat cancer! Colleen Cassell & Bob Barrett

  • Shelby Smither

    Good luck Kennedy ! Mrs. Shelby Smither & Family

  • Nagawa Kakumba

    Happy to support your generosity and service??

  • Debra Greene

    Good luck with your fundraiser. I knew your grandmother growing up with your mom and I know that her loss has been hard in her loved ones. She was a beautiful and kind person who was always gracious to me . ???? Debra Greene

  • Mary Lightfoot

    Best wishes, Kennedy, . Continue to do your best. ~ Mary Lightfoot

  • Rena Jackson


  • Windy Bogan

    Great job, Kenny! Your grandmother would be/ is so proud of you! ❤️

  • John Kee

    Great Job Kennedy Your Grandmother, my sister Shirley was one of a kind, a truly great lady and she would be very proud of you. :-)

  • Robert King Kee

    😊😊😊😊 Good luck, Kennedy. So very proud of you 👏❤

  • Margaret McLaughlin

    Shirley Bush 😘😘😘😘😘

  • Wrenn Family


  • Candice Hardiman

    Together let’s make a difference. Love the Hardiman’s

  • Tjuan Dogan

    Great job, Kennedy! Bless the memory of your grandmother, Shirley Bush! Keep shining! Tjuan Dogan

  • Patricia Martin


  • Verna Bousis


  • Alisa Briggs

    Shirley Bush, a beautiful, kindhearted and fun loving person.??

  • Steven Vernon

    From the Vernon kids (Siena, Steven IV, and Sabrina).

  • Kijsa Phillips

    Kennedy, I’m so happy to support you in this effort (as this is a cause that is near and dear to my heart)! I know that your grandmother is smiling down on you with great pride. I wish you the best of luck in achieving your goal 😊! ~Kijsa and Richard Phillips

  • Anonymous

    In loving memory of Galina Mann who passed away 4-8-2021. May she Rest In Peace

  • John and Nicole Smith

    Congratulations Kennedy on such a wonderful commitment and cause to help! Proud of you! You’re an inspiration to many - young and mature! I’m sure this will not be the last way in which you have an impact on the lives of others! Press on!

  • DeRonda & Vincent Williams

    Kennedy so proud of the fundraising you are doing on behalf of this great cause.

  • Tamara Fountain, MD

    Great cause Kennedy.

  • Michele Payne

    Keep fighting!

  • The Laurent Family

    Kennedy: Congrats on the success of your fundraising efforts for this very worthy cause! Much Love from The Laurent Family

  • James and Robyn Alexander

    Kennedy, we are so proud of you for raising money in support of a cure for this important cause!! James and Robyn Alexander

  • Sheryl Wilbon

    Congratulations Kennedy on all of your hard work! Fondly, Sheryl, Michael and Matthew Wilbon

  • Greg & Sonja Pemberton

    We are happy to donate in honor of Shirley Bush. Shirley was an extraordinary woman!

  • Jeffrey Michnowski

    Great cause Lake Forest!

  • Dr. Russell & Dierdre Jackson

    Dearest Kennedy, We are so very proud of the way GOD is using you for His glory. Your heart to serve is a blessing to so many! Always remember "to whom much is given, much is required". May GOD bless you for the grace and mercy you continue to always demonstrate. We love you and loved your precious grandmother, Shirley. Gloria was Nana D's best friend in the 7th grade. Thank GOD for precious memories and for all you are doing to help discover a cure. GOD is faithful. Love, Strength, Peace, Joy, Courage and Wisdom in JESUS always, Papa Doc & Nana D

  • Anonymous

    In honor of Kennedy Pemberton’s love and my Aunt Nellie’s bravery.

  • Michael Cohen

    A worthy cause. Much success. Patty & Mike

  • Livatino Family

    So proud of you Kennedy! Keep up all the amazing work!

  • Darlene Weber

    My daughter who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma during Covid pandemic a bad time for all. Doing great today. Keep the faith❤️

  • Dr Keith Magee

    Amazing Kennedy!!!! Much love, Uncle Keith

  • Beverly Raudabaugh

    What a beautiful tribute to your grandmother. Hope you reach your goal! Beverly & Joe Raudabaugh

  • Kim Ware

    Good Luck Kennedy!

  • The Palmer Family

    Happy Birthday Kennedy, Your Grandmother's spirit resides in you so she will always be with you.

  • Kimberly Baker

    Great Job Kennedy & Beverly!! Continue to make your family proud

  • Nadia & David Rawlinson

    Happy to support these efforts

  • The Casey Family

    Best of luck, Kennedy! - The Caseys

  • Cory Garcia, Esq.

    Job well done Kennedy and Beverly.

  • Monique Brown

    This gift is in memory of our parents, Henry T.Brown, who died from Leukemia and Melinda Wells Brown, who died from Multiple Myeloma. May cures be found for these devastating diseases, so we can continue to enjoy our loved ones.Blessings, Monique and Gregory Brown

  • S. Wallace

    I will always cherish the fond memories of Aunt Shirley, who we recently lost to Leukemia. I am making this donation on behalf of my family. I applaud the Lake Forest Academy team’s efforts to raise funds and awareness for continued research & effective treatment against these conditions.

  • Carlos Cubia

    Good luck Kennedy

  • Sharon & Jay LeCoque

    Kennedy, You’re an amazing young woman which is no surprise considering your wonderful parents 🤗 Wishing you all the best and we hope you exceed your goal! Sharon, Jay & Connor LeCoque

  • Rocki Hunter

    So proud of the work you’re doing, Kennedy! Love, the Hunter Family.

  • Michael Burger

    We hope you and the team can reach your goals.

  • Doug Bush

    I miss you every day

  • Debbie and Bobby Goldstein

    Thank you Kennedy for sending your letter. Debbie and I are delighted to donate to this very important society. Congrats on the funds raised to date . We are very proud of you and your friends and positive you will smash your goal. Warmest Regards , Debbie and Bobby Goldstein

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