Students of the Year Columbus

Briana McNeal | Warhawk Life Savers

Only two weeks left!

Feb 25, 2019

Hey everyone!

Myself and everyone on team Warhawk Life Savers are working hard to reach our fundraising goal, and we've got two weeks left to do it! This is a photo my team and I got to take with the Honored Hero Behren, and since he has been our motivation, I thought he might also be yours :) 


Welcome to my SOY page! :)

Feb 25, 2019

I am honored to participate in the 2019 Students of the Year program, a seven-week initiative in which select high school students from around the country participate in a fundraising competition to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I am proud to be raising critical dollars in honor of a young patient hero named Behren. He is three years old and lives in Ohio. He is battling T-call Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and this has fueled me to raise as much as I can for LLS. 

The candidate team that raises the most money at the end of the seven weeks is named Student(s) of the Year. Our mission is to not only raise the most money but also to bring attention to blood cancers like leukemia, which is the most common form of cancer in children and teens.

Three years ago, I lost my grandmother to cancer. She was my role model and I have always strived to be someone who would make her proud. When this opportunity came for me to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, I knew right away it was something I wanted to do. I was given the chance in the past to volunteer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year Gala and Man & Woman of the Year Gala. Both experiences were incredible, and meeting the Honored Hero at the events, someone battling blood cancer, made me want to help even more.


As a senior in high school this year, I want to do as much as I can for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and I plan to take this ambition with me through my college years and the rest of my life.


Since the early 1960s, five-year survival rates for many blood cancer patients have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled. And many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are helping patients with other cancers and serious diseases. In fact, drugs first approved for blood cancers are now approved to treat patients with stomach cancers, skin cancers, and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

We really are changing the face of blood cancer!

All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. They'll not only support LLS-funded research but will help provide critical information and support for patients, and support advocacy for laws to ensure patients can access the care and treatments they need.

Please visit the LLS website often and bring 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




  • Amy Girvin

    Happy to join in the fight against cancer! Best of luck to you, Briana, in reaching your goal.

  • Leslie Tanner

    Thanks lori

  • Sandra French

    I wish you much success in your fundraising in memory of your Grandmother. I know she would be so honored and pleased for your hard work. Good Luck in your Student Candidate of the year! Go Warhawks!! Sandy French

  • Leslie And Bill Lenhart

    Thank you for your fundraising efforts! We especially appreciate that you are fighting for this cause because of how it has personally touched us.

  • Lisa Kuhar

    Good luck Briana. I am a Westerville teacher and a Central Ohio Woman of the Year Candidate in 2013. I did not win, but what a great experience.

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