Student Visionaries of the Year Greater Philadelphia
Matthew Hauser | Matthew Hauser's Team
I am proud to announce that I am running for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2023 Student Visionary of the Year. I am campaigning for this title even though this past year has been the hardest year of my life.
In 2008, when I was two and a half years old, I was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma. After a year of treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, I thankfully went into remission. Even though I had some side effects from my treatment, I was able to lead a relatively normal life until this past summer. In July 2022, however, I went into heart failure. This heart failure was likely caused by one of the chemotherapy drugs that I took fourteen years ago when I had cancer.
On July 28, 2022, I had open heart surgery at CHOP. The doctors implanted a Left Ventricular Assist Device, which is a device that pumps blood from my heart to my body. This device is really hard to live with. I have a cable that comes out of my stomach, and which is attached to two large batteries which I have to carry around every day, all day. At the end of January 2023, the doctors will decide if my heart has recovered enough to take this device out; however, it is most likely that I will be listed for a heart transplant instead.
I am running for Student Visionary of the Year because I am a fighter and because I am strong. I am determined to do anything I can to help find better treatments for cancer that will not cause terrible side effects like heart failure. The student who raises the most money for LLS from January 19, 2023 to March 9, 2023 will win the title of Student Visionary of the Year, and my goal is to reach $150,000. I have an amazing team who is helping me with my campaign, including Will Hauser, Bill Hauser, Diane Hauser, Sue Rheingold, Barb Craig, Natalie Ely, Jennifer Ely, Scottie Ely, Aaron Levine, Andrea Remak, Jonathan Jones, Morgan Chiazza, and Avery Reigner. Please help me and my team raise money for LLS and help me win the title of Student Visionary of the Year.You can donate to my campaign on this page!