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Kostkas Continue's Students of the Year Fundraiser

Dec 09, 2020

Welcome to Team Kostka's Continue Katie's Quest for a Cure!

Back in April 2020, when the world was under lockdown and many people were lacking hope we, Hannah and Meghan Kostka, were presented with an opportunity to bring some positivity back into a world clouded with a shadow of negativity. Our high school algebra teacher, Ms. Tricia Brown presented us with a huge undertaking; a nomination to continue her daughter, Katie Brown’s, quest for a cure for leukemia and lymphoma through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year Campaign. 

Katie Brown, while on the surface appears to be an ordinary teenage girl, was unfortunately diagnosed with leukemia as a young girl. Her story, however, has a happy ending as she won her battle against cancer. Furthermore, she used her difficult experience to make her stronger. Last winter, she signed up for the Student of the Year Campaign, hosted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, to raise money for the society. 

The Student of the Year Campaign is an annual 7 week-long fundraising event that begins in January and ends in March. High school students from all across the state develop their own campaigns and compete against other students in their county with a goal to fundraise the most money. During the 2020 Student of the Year Campaign, Katie Brown ran a fantastic campaign with her team, Katie’s Quest for a Cure, and raised over $30,000 for the society. However, her contribution and impact within the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is not finished yet, as she sought out another team to continue her legacy and further promote the cause.

This year we will be picking up where Katie left off and lead our own campaign in 2021, The Kostkas Continue Katie’s Quest for a Cure. We both believe in supporting the mission of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and truly believe that our contribution and fundraising efforts will benefit our world significantly. The funds accumulated over the duration of the 7 weeks not only goes to supporting further research of blood cancer, but also supports those individuals and their families who suffer from the effects of blood cancer.

Most people do not realize how extensive the effects of blood cancer can be. There is a great chance that there is someone in your life that has been affected by blood cancer in one way or another. The two of us did not realize the effect it had on our own family either, until our mother brought to our attention during the planning of our own campaign. Her oldest sister, our Aunt Toni, passed away from leukemia before either of us were either born. My mom described her as a smart and caring individual, which is the type of person we both strive to be. As candidates for the 2021 Student of the Year campaign we are raising money for LLS this year to honor the memory of our Aunt Toni and to continue the legacy of Katie Brown. 

Thank you for contributing to our campaign and helping to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!

Don't forget to like and share us on social media to help further the success of our campaign!


For more information about LLS, please visit



  • Steve & Chris Venice

    Thank you for helping raise money for this worthy cause.

  • Chris Velleca

    Thank you for supporting this cause! Good luck!

  • Lisa Hribko

    What a great cause! Good luck ladies! In memory of your Aunt Toni.

  • Thomas Prefontaine

    Anything to support a good cause and the Kostka girls.

  • leslie

    Good luck with your fundraiser.

  • Camryn Gaudett

    Good luck, girls!!

  • Joseph and Diane Gaudett

    Congratulations, Meghan and Hannah!

  • Sharon Brenton

    Good Luck!

  • Jennifer and Mark Ignace

    You girls are awesome for helping raise money for this cause! Your Aunt Toni I am sure is very proud of you young ladies!


    Great job, hope you get your goal.

  • Rowland Family

    Best of luck with the campaign! (Courtney’s mom and dad)

  • Meghan Goletz

    Good luck Camryn! This is an amazing cause to support!

  • Matthew and Tina Mouland

    Good job for a good cause!

  • Donna and Gene Cybart

    Thanks so much for raising money and awareness for this worthy cause!! Donna and Gene Cybart

  • Sue Paddock

    This is a great way to remember your aunt and all those who struggle with this disease. Awesome effort-good luck!

  • Lauren Castagnola

    Thank you for raising money for such an important cause! And thank you for offering to partner with Westover School on this project!

  • Elissa Evanauskas

    Great cause! Good luck girls!

  • Arnold and Eileen Thorpe

    Way to go Meghan and Hannah...such a worthy cause!


    Sending support from a fellow St. Thomas parishioner. Great job girls!!

  • Sean Michael Valencia Monte

    I hope that this little donation helps! Thank you so much for doing this.

  • Westover School

    Supporting all those whose lives are affected by cancer.

  • Kathi Cianci

    Good for you, great job!

  • Tom and Leslie Assheton

    Thank you for all of your hard work. God Bless!

  • Walter Hamerski

    Thank you Megan and Hannah for you fundraising efforts.

  • Sean Fredette

    Great campaign for a great cause. Thanks for your efforts! Love always, Sean and Lori Fredette

  • John Snabaitis

    Good Luck

  • Stephanie Maynard

    For Hannah and Meghan Kostka, wishing you sucess

  • Macero Family

    Good Luck with your campaign. Matching Donation coming your way.

  • Jennifer Babb

    Saw your flyer at Southford Pizza in Oxford. Glad to be able to help.

  • Anonymous

    5K Venmo Registration $$

  • Monique Gaudet

    Way to go Meghan and Hannah.

  • Jacob Carson

    Great Job Katie! From Jacob Carson

  • Cate Lyman

    Congratulations Meghan and Hannah on all your hard work! Mr. & Mrs. Lyman

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