Students of the Year North Jersey

Isabella Della Pello | BC We Care

Isabella's Students of the Year Fundraiser

Jan 15, 2022

Hello, my name is Izzy DellaPello

I want you to imagine hearing the three words, “You have cancer.”

Sadly, this has been a reality for more than 1.3 million Americans who are fighting or are in remission from blood cancer. More than a million Americans are fighting a battle with blood cancers, and every 3 minutes another person unknowingly joins this fight. Almost every high school student wants the chance to partake in something that will change the world; in 2022, I will have that chance.

I am very excited to share with you that I am participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Students of the Year program. Students of the Year is a 7-week philanthropic competition for high school leaders seeking to make an impact in the fight against cancer. 

Cancer touches many families across the world, as it has to my own family and friends. In 2016, a good friend of my family, Bob Cusimano was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Mr. Cusimano was able to receive his first bone marrow transplant after a year and a half of cancer treatments. About three months after his bone marrow transplant, Mr. Cusimano caught Legionnaires pneumonia, a very rare and severe type of pneumonia, which caused the need for a second bone marrow transplant. Mr. Cusimano serves as an inspiration to me every day through his determination to overcome two bone marrow transplants.  
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.




  • Glenn Stephenson

    Happy to support such a worthy cause. My mother just lost her life after fighting two devasting blood cancers. I truly appreciate your efforts in organizing such an important fundraiser.

  • Lynne Ashkar

    Go Izzy!!! Thank you for supporting cancer patients, so proud of you! Lynne Ashkar

  • John Hanna

    Proud of you Issabella. Keep it up!! We all love you

  • Pontaah Arbtan

    Honored to support you and this great cause!

  • The Righter Family

    Great Job Izzy!!

  • Stephenson

    In honor of my mother in law who passed from Leukemia.

  • Maryanne Haddad

    May you always be smiling from above Daddy. Miss you so much

  • Jamie Vinciguerra

    You, go, Izzy!

  • Frank Bryant

    I am so proud of you. A cause very dear to me.

  • The Davino Family

    Stay inspired Izzy because you inspire others.

Contact us by email or call 888.LLS.7177.