Students of the Year Austin

Ashley Yost | Ashley Yost's Campaign Team

Welcome to Ashley Yost's SOY Fundraising Page!

Jan 08, 2020

I am only 14, but two friends very close to me are fighting for their lives in a battle against blood cancers. My friend Rylie was diagnosed on January 25, 2018 with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and my friend Swassie was diagnosed with Leukemia on June 7, 2018.

Rylie and I have known each other as long as I can remember. Our families are friends from church and our parents used to teach Sunday School together. Rylie is five years older than me, and it's safe to say I've always looked up to her in many ways, but I think one of the things I love most about her is that she has never made me feel like a baby in her eyes. She has always treated me like a friend and spoken encouragement into my life about the many things we have in common, like our faith, singing, and what we look for in friendships. It's the time I spend with Rylie that I love most, just doing things like going to get ice cream or Chick-Fil-A.

Swassie and I met when we were in the same second grade class. We had an instant bond because we both loved to tumble. Through the years, our friendship has only grown, and I consider Swassie one of my closest friends. She is so fun to be around because of her sense of humor and positive attitude. That is actually one of the things that I've noticed most in her journey with leukemia. I've been grateful to be able to visit her multiple times during hospital stays and treatments, and even though I want to cheer her up, I feel like she is the one spreading joy.

So when I was nominated to participate in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) ’s Students of the Year fundraiser this year--to raise as much money as I possibly could for blood cancer research, I didn't hesitate. My goal is to raise $50,000 (and hopefully more) during the 7 weeks from January 8th to February 28th. This is where I need your help. Any tax-deductible donation, large or small, is your pledge to help me achieve the goal of a world without blood cancer. 100% of funds raised through my campaign go directly to LLS. I've learned a lot of things over the past few months about what LLS does. The thing that stuck out to me the most is that, while the fundraiser is directed to blood cancer research, this research has also led to treatments for many other kinds of cancer. LLS does so much good for people fighting something so awful. I want to be part of the good, and I'm hopeful that you'll want to join me!

My second plea to you today is that you help me spread the word. Please share the link to this page, and tell your circles about this mission. Please ask your friends, family and your business associates to donate what they can. Please also see if you work for a business that has corporate match programs already in place. My long-term goal is a world without cancer. A world where no other family has to hear the words, "You have Lymphoma. You have Leukemia. You have cancer." A world with my beautiful friends.

 

45 Comments

  • Jonna Chambliss

    So proud of you and honored to help you!!

  • Chris Almendarez

    Good Luck Ashley!! #BaseballFamily #TeamJanaForever

  • Teixeira Family

    That you for being an amazing friend! We are happy to help!!

  • Allyson and Kevin McBreen

    Good Luck Ashley, I continue to look for other ways to help support your campaign.

  • Blackwell Consulting

    Ashley, I'm honored to help and so proud of your caring and giving spirit! To God be the glory always!

  • Maryann Charlton

    I'm so proud of you "Little Yost"!! You are making a difference!! We are so happy to support your fundraising effort and the fight against cancer!! Love and Hugs! Joe, Maryann and Clayton Charlton

  • Mary Baird

    Ashley, Uncle Tom and I are so proud of how you are using your talents and influence to help others. So glad to be able to help this amazing cause. Thanks for showing the world (as I do) that gingers DO have soul! Aunt Mary

  • Debra Byrd

    Good luck Ashley!

  • Lauren White

    Go team Ashley!!

  • Holly Peterson

    What a great cause, Ashley!! We are routing you on from Arkansas! Love - Holly, Ben & Reid Peterson

  • Tiffani Burris

    You are doing awesome work, Ashley!

  • Kevin & Nancy O’Keefe

    Ash, we are thankful for your servant’s heart and the time and effort you have given on behalf of others. May God bless you, Rylie and Swassie.

  • Brandy Morris & Aubrey Pagano

    You are amazing! Good luck, Ashley!

  • The Mayo Family

    Super proud of your dedication to your friends, Ashley!

  • Michael and Rachel Baird

    Ashley, we are so proud of you and happy to support this very worthy cause! Love, Rachel and Michael Baird

  • Katie Cox

    Proud to know your sweet families and a handful of the lives you will touch through your efforts. Congratulations and best wishes!! The Cox Family

  • Shannon Tucker

    Thanks for bringing this matter to our attention and thank you for allowing us to be part of the solution. You rock!

  • Anonymous

    Your love and passion to help are contagious, Ashley!

  • Karen Confer

    Thank you, Ashley, for all you are doing! As a survivor of NHL, I share your passion for making a difference for those battling blood cancers. Keep on loving others well❤️

  • Melinda Brasher

    Thanks, Ashley for your commitment to this cause! We will fund the cure!

  • Maribel Mcmahand

    Inspiring young lady!

  • Treehouse Pediatrics

    From the whole team at Treehouse Pediatrics. Proud of you Ashley!

  • Kate & Brad Newberry

    I am so proud of the work you are doing! I hate cancer and I am so ready to see a cure! God bless your precious heart! It is as sweet as your beautiful mama’s! Thank you so much for your hard work, dedication, and love for your friends!

  • Lucas Vines

    So that I personally have at least $150 of a legacy.

  • Laurie Kriegel

    Thankful to be able to give to this cause! Way to go Ashley! Laurie and Kirk Kriegel

  • Lizette Martinez-Perera

    Thank you for making a difference!! :) My beautiful friends lost their sweet 5 year old son to leukemia 16 years ago, so I always think of him when given the opportunity to donate! ❤️

  • Katharina Williams

    Such a good cause to fight for Ashley. You are such an amazing role model and it is because of kids like you that makes our future looking brighter. The Williams

  • Robert Page

    Gladly supporting our church youth for such a nobel cause.

  • dave patterson

    ashley, so proud of you

  • Jennifer Taylor

    Chad Taylor

  • Amanda Loeffler Juren

    We love you Dad!

  • Matt Groff

    Keep being an amazing person, Ashley.

  • Melinda Brasher

    Ashley and Swassie, two brave young ladies who are paving the way to fund the cure.

  • Joseph Ellis

    For Leukemia’s and Lymphoma Society

  • Geneva Walker

    Keep going Ashley!! -Geneva

  • Jen Moore

    Thank you, Ashley for all your hard work!

  • Amanda and Michael Carson

    You are doing amazing things Ashley!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for doing this Ashley.

  • Mary Murphy

    Ashley, your family in PA is very proud of your efforts. Keep up the good work.

  • Mandi and Cody Savage

    Ash, we are beyond prooud of you! Thank you for letting us be apart of your efforts to make such an impact. We love you!

  • Aunt Katie and Uncle Stefan

    Love you Ash! Sooo proud of you!!!

  • Edward Youmans

    Edward Youmans and Pizza Delight are proud to help Ashley and support cancer research!

  • Courtney Moeller

    So proud of your dedication Ashley!

  • Card My Yard

    Let's find the cure!!

  • Jon Rolph

    Way to go!

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