Connecticut Westchester Hudson Valley Students of the Year

Gammy's Angels

Welcome to Our SOY Team Page!

Jan 19, 2018

By way of introduction, we are Hannah Cleary, a senior at Holy Child in Rye, NY and Brian Dervin, a senior at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, NY. We are co-candidates in the 2018 ‘Students of the Year’ fundraising campaign to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This is a seven week initiative in which select high school students from around the country participate in a fundraising competition and the candidate/team who raises the most money is named ‘Students of the Year’. Our mission is not only to raise the most money, but also to bring attention to blood cancers which affects people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds every single day. We have chosen to run for ‘Students of the Year’ because both of us have been affected by blood cancers in different ways.

In Hannah’s personal experience with blood cancers, she lost cherished family members that she never had the opportunity to meet in person. Three women in her family: Her Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and Great Aunt, lost their lives too soon to leukemia. This year marks the
20th Anniversary of Hannah’s Grandmother’s passing. Her Grandmother, (Marian Elizabeth O’Keeffe) was a loving, generous and selfless person. By participating in this campaign, it allows Hannah to honor her grandmother’s memory in a very personal way.

Brian’s personal connection to LLS began when he witnessed a close family friend, June Burke, participate in the LLS fundraising campaign, ‘Man & Woman of the Year’. She was raising funds in honor of her sister, Susan, who unfortunately lost her battle with leukemia last July. Brian has known June for most of his life and was inspired by her consistent impact on her community and her passion for LLS. He loves to help others and when this opportunity was presented he felt compelled to act and help find a cure for patients battling blood cancers.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share our stories. We are motivated to do our best to raise funds for this worthy cause and we hope you will consider joining us in our efforts. We have been working hard to prepare for the next seven weeks. We have put together a Team of volunteers who have generously agreed to donate their time and resources to assist us in our endeavor. We would appreciate any contribution that you are willing to donate to this campaign. Any and all donations are tax deductible.

In addition, we will be hosting local community events in the upcoming weeks to raise awareness about blood cancers and to give people an opportunity to donate in other ways. We look forward to making a difference in the lives of so many. We hope you will join us in our
efforts. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to us.


Hannah Cleary:

Brian Dervin: 



  • Anthony and Hope Justic

    Great work Hannah and Brian!

  • Adriana & Mike Berlingo

    So very proud of you Hannah and Brian! This cause is near and dear to my heart. I lost my mother to leukemia and want nothing more than a cure to be found for all cancers.

  • John Bucchignano

    Great work for a great cause

  • Susan Doherty

    Keep up the good work !!

  • Betsy Post

    Best of luck to you both for a good cause.

  • Jennifer and Michael Stout

    Brian and Hannah, Best of Luck! Michael and Jennifer Stout

  • Rossana Valentino

    Best wishes Hannah and Brian! Many thx for all your hard work! The Valentinos

  • Robert Walker

    Good luck! Cynthia & Bob Walker

  • Francis & Lisa Colucci

    So great to see Brian & Hannah get involved with raising funds and educating us all on this dreaded disease. The youth is our future and Lisa and I are proud to donate to your efforts! Wishing you both all the best!!

  • Hannah Cohen

    Good Luck!

  • Linda Whelan

    Best of luck to Hannah and Brian. Linda Whelan

  • Sue and Jim Malley

    Good luck Brian and Hannah!

  • Joan Buelow

    Thank you for your efforts towards this amazing cause.

  • Gerard Daley

    Good luck Brian!!

  • Richard Murray

    Hi Brian and Hannah, Fantastic job. Keep up the great work! Rick Murray CUA '85

  • Rich and Liz Walsh

    Brian, great work on such an important health issue.

  • Lisa Henderson

    Great work for an amazing cause ! Happy to support you!! Lisa Sean and boys

  • Filomena Valente

    Great Job Hannah. Such A great cause.

  • Lars and Diane Storm

    Here's to you Brian and Hannah for all your hard work. Keep it going!

  • Dennis O'Connor

    Great work and a worthy cause. Good luck. Dennis and Iris

  • Anna Yang

    Keep fighting!

  • Monteleone Family

    Monteleone Family

  • Lanice Sputo

    Great job!

  • Ricardo Sime

    In memory of Sharon Michel

  • Thomas Ulrich

    Brian Fervin

  • Patrick Maxey

    Great work Bri!

  • Patrice & Wally Halas

    Great job Brian and Hannah! So proud of all your efforts for such an important cause.

  • Adam & Meg Benjamin

    Good Luck to Brian & Hannah!

  • Ed and Liz Johnson

    Way to go, Brian and Hannah!!!

  • Deanna and Bill Falvey

    Best of luck to Brian and Hannah!

  • Susan Williamson

    Good work Brian and Hannah.

  • Jonathan and Kristin DeMarco

    Way to go Brian !!!

  • Theresa Maguire

    Good luck with this campaign, Brian and Hannah. You are both such an inspiration. This work is so important and will impact so many lives. The Maguire Family

  • Joseph Gallin

    Brian and Hannah- Good work for a great cause!

  • Eileen and Mike Henderson

    So proud of both of you!

  • Stephen J. & Mary Broderick Ryan

    Thank you and God bless you in all you do. xo

  • Lindsay Vacca

    Good luck Brian!

  • Dawn Diforio

    Good luck Brian!!

  • Mary O'Keefe Young

    What a wonderful cause Brian & Hannah! See you at the Reunion Brian - all the family is so proud of you!

  • Tracey Mahoney

    Good luck Brian! I work at PC and have worked with your parents over the years. I was so proud when your dad mentioned you were participating in this campaign. I wish you and Hannah all the best in the coming weeks! Thank you for bringing awareness to and raising funds for this terrible disease.

  • Kerry Maxey

    Way to go Brian and Hannah! You're both making a huge difference!

  • Barbara Maxey

    Way to go Brian & Hannah, very proud of my godson! Keep up the hard work, Love Aunt Barbara & Uncle Mike

  • Chris Hillebrecht

    Good luck!

  • Kate & Howie Eaton

    Way to go Brian and Hannah! Good Luck!

  • Patti Avezzano

    Proud of you Brian and Hannah!!??

  • James Scully, Jr

    Good Luck Brian and Hannah!

  • Lady Crusaders

    Thank you Brian Dervin & Hannah Cleary for your dedication on such a great cause! Regards, The Lady Crusaders

  • Kerry Keenan

    Thank you Hannah and Brian for your hard work and dedication!

  • Helen & Mike Daly

    Great job!

  • carla nolletti

    Wonderful cause!! Keep up the good Brian & Hannah!

  • Karen Giustino

    So proud of you Brian Aunt Karen and Uncle Glenn

  • Linda & Jason Blank

    Good Luck Brian & Hannah!

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