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Welcome to Team Bull Dogs Making Big Changes' SOY Fundraising Page!

Nov 14, 2019

I am honored to participate as a team member for the 2020 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 support my candidate and am raising critical dollars in honor of a young patient hero who is currently battling or is in remission from a blood cancer. Each dollar is a vote. The candidate team that raises the most money at the end of the seven weeks is named Student 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.

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 our 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




  • Seth Muraskin

    Keep up the good work

  • Anonymous

    Good luck reaching your goal! This is a wonderful cause that you have decided to support. Kudos to you!

  • Rachelle Shapiro

    Great cause!

  • The Heller Family

    Yay Syd and Amanda!

  • The Langille Family

    Go Sydney and Amanda!

  • The Grados Family

    Happy to support such a great cause!

  • Samantha Bartels

    Love, Samantha, Eric, Henry, Nathaniel, Carol and Eddie

  • Craig Muraskin

    Keep up the great work!

  • The Steinberg Family


  • The Downes Family

    Good work Sydney and Amanda!

  • Lisa & Jason Cohen

    Thank you for doing this ❤️

  • Edith Pino

    Amanda and Syd keep the great work!

  • Irvington Hardware

    What an amazing use of your time and energy. Grateful for the opportunity to support you in your efforts.

  • Barbara Mahoney

    In support of Julia Lenz & the team's efforts! Good luck!

  • Alan and Janet Arnowitz

    Keep up the good work, Amanda and Sydney

  • Ed Chen & family

    Great cause to support. Here's to more research and medical advances to improve and save lives.


    Your grandma is such a special lady and her upcoming marriage is an occasion to celebrate..Helping this effort is a perfect way to do so. Good luck!

  • Aurora Gelman

    Great cause!

  • Jamie Jessar

    happy to help for a wonderful cause!

  • Elizabeth Harlan

    Thank you, Syd Birkhahn, and all those of you who are working to improve outcomes and save lives. Elizabeth Harlan

  • Dee Cohen

    Amanda, so glad to be able to support you and this great cause.

  • Judy and Bill Abelow

    Bravo Birkhahn/Holland Families! Congrats on your wedding plans and genius way of celebrating! Looking forward to sharing the festivities with the Clan. Xoxoxo Judy and Billy

  • florence kahn

    In honor of the marriage of Cathy Birkhahn and Richard Holland Much health and happiness on the upcoming marriage Love, Steven and Florence KAhn

  • Marvin Kelemen

    Best wishes to all

  • Polly and Dennis Selkoe

    Sydney- This is a great cause and it's great your fundraising for it. Polly and Dennis Selkoe

  • The Boritz Family

    Yay Syd and Amanda...proud of you girls!

  • Ben Gilbert

    Amanda and Syd: so proud of you for doing this! Wonderful organization and mission

  • Alice Siegel

    Good work.

  • Richard Holland

    Dear Syd, I am thrilled to be helping you for this great cause. Love, Richard

  • Catherine Birkhahn

    I am so proud of my granddaughter, Sydney Birkhahn and her partner, Amanda Gilbert for the wonderful fundraising they are doing for this worthy and important cause. Congratulations, Love, Grandma Cathy

  • The Goodman’s

    Best wishes to you!!!! 💚💚💚💚

  • Cynthia Schmitt

    Good luck!!!!

  • elissa kurland

    Best of luck! The Kurland Family

  • Anonymous

    Good luck Sydney & Amanda!

  • Janet Coleman Kirschner

    Good luck with your fundraising goal. Great cause.

  • Susan Wallace

    You girls are amazing and an inspiration!!! Thank you for being so passionate about and committed to this cause!!

  • Joe & Paula Kasell

    happy to support your efforts in this worthy endeavor

  • Lynne and Greg O'Brien

    Great job!! You are making a difference Lynne (Friend of Allie)

  • Dana Crane

    Go Allie

  • Anonymous

    Best wishes, Cathy and Richard, on your new adventure together! Our very best, Jo Ann & Bill

  • Terri & Douglas Hoy

    Tanks for carrying on the Irvington tradition of raising money for a great cause! Terri & Douglas Hoydouglas

  • Sandra Rippe

    It is wonderful that you are supporting this challenging cause. Sandy Rippe

  • The Tuckett Family

    Amazing work girls!! Best of luck reaching your goals!

  • Cory & Stan Schneider

    Amanda, so proud of you for being chosen Irvington High School Student of the Year for LLS!

  • Gayle Ertz

    good job!

  • Karen Blumenthal

    Sydney, what an amazing effort you are undertaking! Good luck.

  • Lori Plotkin

    Good luck!! Great cause.

  • Jen Monness

    So proud of you girls!

  • Kim Ostheimer

    Great work!

  • Sarah LeBuhn

    Good luck in raising money for a great cause!

  • Bernie and Ethel Garil

    Congratulations on the great work you're doing for a great cause Bernie and Ethel Garil

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