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Welcome to Team Freshman Knights' SOY Fundraising Page!

Jan 30, 2019

Dear friends and family, 

I am Jonathan Merlin, a former student at the Epstein School and a current freshman at Pace Academy. Last year, one of my close relatives was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. We are very lucky that the doctors at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory were able to catch it very early. We are blessed that the cancer has remained asymptomatic. Thank you so much for your support.

-Jonathan Merlin, 9th Grade 

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Gabriel's Story

Jan 30, 2019

Dear friends and family, 

I am Gabriel Kadoori, a former student at the Epstein School and a current freshman at Pace Academy. Unfortunately, my family and I have had numerous ties with cancer in recent years which have inspired me to join LLS and their mission to beat cancer. In the last year, my cousin, late aunt, uncle, and another immediate member of my family who prefers his/her name not to be disclosed have fought cancer. My cousin was diagnosed with leukemia a little over a year ago and is doing much better now, but still has a long battle ahead of him. My uncle was diagnosed with cancer in November of 2017 and is now cancer free.  Another immediate family member of mine was able to beat lymphoma in just three months in the summer of 2018. Unfortunately, my aunt died of lymphoma last March. I am dedicating our campaign to my late aunt, Dalia Kurt, whose life was cut short at age 66. Jonathan and I want to do everything we can to help LLS in their mission to ensure that other families do not have to go through the hardships that both of our families have, and I am sure many of yours have as well. Thank you for your support.

- Gabriel Kadoori, 9th Grade


Welcome to Team Freshman Knights' SOY Fundraising Page!

Jan 30, 2019

We are honored to participate in the 2019 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. We are proud to be raising critical dollars in honor of a young patient hero who is currently battling or is in remission from 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(s) 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




  • Melissa Silver

    So proud of you, Jonathan and Gabriel! -Mrs. Silver

  • Justin Jacobs and Family

    Wonderful job boys! You’re making this this world a better place already!

  • Hadas Sadero

    Gabriel and Jonathan, So proud of you taking on this initiative. Yishar Koach,

  • Philip Rubin

    Nice job boys. Doing good stuff like your parents! Philip, Amy, Jake, Zach and Hailey

  • Robin, Darrin, Bradley and Stevee Friedrich

    Really proud of you guys! Robin, Darrin, Bradley & Stevee

  • Andrea shalinsky

    Best of luck with your fundraiser ??

  • Cole Kaplan and Family

    Great work boys! Happy to support you to achieve your goal. -Cole and the rest of the Kaplan Family.

  • Rachael, Jay, Eden & Avery Abt

    Amazing job, guys! You're both impressive leaders.

  • Anonymous

    Great going Jonathan and Gabriel!

  • Kate Lipton

    Way to go Jonathan! Keep up the drive, hard work and passion! Proud to know you and witness your growth

  • The Meyerowitz Family

    Go Team Freshman Knights. What an amazing goal and endeavor!

  • Beatriz Alvarado

    Thanks to my former students Gabe Kadoori and Jonathan Merlin for raising money for this cause, which also happens to be close to my heart. My father is a retired pediatric blood-disease and -cancer specialist who worked for decades to help cure patients with these diseases.

  • Andy and Erica Cozewith and Family

    Thanks so much for the hard work and raising awareness for such a great cause.

  • Alyson Lapes

    Way to go guys. Best of luck to you for an amazing cause! The Lapes Family

  • Miriam and Haim Haviv

    Good work!

  • Janel Margaretta

    Good luck! All the best, Janel Margaretta

  • Kelly Family

    Great work Jonathan!

  • The Katzman's

    So proud of you Jonathan!! xoxo

  • Touran& Neil Weissman

    Dear Jonathan Touran and I are so proud of you and all your Friends who are part of this special Endeavor to raise money for this wonderful cause. Good luck to you all. See you soon. Love Touran & Neil Weissman

  • The Kogon 6

    Amazing project! Mazel tov!

  • Erica Groschler

    Good luck with this xo

  • Avner Silberman

    Hi Gabriel - what a great cause to get behind. Wish you great success in your fundraising. We miss you guys - love, the Silbermans

  • Jessica & Andrew Levinson

    Dear Jonathan, We are so proud of you! Kudos on the great work you are doing. We love you. Love, Aunt Jessica, Uncle Andy, Charlotte, & Sabrina

  • The Shelton Family

    Good luck with your fundraising efforts!

  • Allison & Adam Abramson

    Great job, Jonathan!

  • Steven and Delilah Cohen

    Great job for a great cause! Keep up the good work!

  • Adam & Vanessa Leibowitz

    Kol Hakavod Gabriel & Jonathan.

  • The Posel Family

    Keep up the good fight! The Posel Family

  • Faith Baron

    A worthy cause! Faith Baron

  • Jonathan Berzack

    congrats and well done

  • Dara Wassersug

    Way to go, Jonathan! We are happy to support you and this wonderful cause.

  • Laurie, Michael, Eve and Leah May Kogon

    Keep up the good work!

  • Robert Leven

    Jonathan We are really proud of the incredible campaign you have put together . You may be a better fundraiser than your dad. A very high bar. Good luck on reaching your goal. Rob and Michelle Leven

  • Elizabeth Cleveland

    great job boys! keep helping fight cancer.

  • Linda Shohet

    Gabriel, We are all very proud of the caring and leadership you show every day and the promise you carry to the future. Yasher koach Grandma Linda

  • Radhika Behl

    Great effort, boys!

  • Brad Rosen

    Great work Gabriel!

  • Emily, Ramin & Bennie Borna

    Kudos on this meaningful project. May the memories of those we have lost to cancer (including my father) continue to be a blessing.

  • Becky Colker

    I’m proud of you, boys! Thanks for your efforts. Becky Colker

  • Kelly, Craig, Abigail & Daniel Richman

    Thank you for supporting this wonderful cause, Gabriel and Jonathan! So proud of you both.

  • Dana Shapiro

    Great strides fir a great cause!

  • Amy Zeide

    So proud of you guys!

  • The Skor Family

    Amazing job Boys!!!

  • Jodi, Ben, Ellie, Ava and Ethan Halpert

    So proud of you boys!

  • Dana Rosenberg

    Thanks for bringing awareness to such an important cause!

  • Julie-Anne Wohlberg

    SO proud of you Jonathan and Gabriel.

  • The Fox Family

    Way to go Jonathan and Gabriel!

  • The Perlsteins

    Way to go guys!

  • Diana Margolis

    Great job Gabriel! - Diana and David Margolis

  • Bonnie Marmor

    What a great cause! Good job Gabriel and Jonathan!

  • Nancy Wiesenfeld

    Way to go!

  • Robert, Jacky, Jasmine, Arianna & Sienna Shapiro

    Great cause and Yasher Coach for your efforts! xo

  • Judy & Stan Fineman

    Kudos to Jonathan & Gabriel for advocating for LLS.

  • Joyce and Ramie Tritt

    Gabriel and Jonathan, Thank you both for your hard work to raise money for research to combat these terrible diseases. My mom succumbed to Lymphoma and we are supporters. You are both amazing! Joyce and Ramie Tritt

  • Miriam Rosenbaum

    Very proud of your work!

  • Jeffrey Ackemann

    Good luck in the fund raising effort Gabriel. The Ackemann family is making this donation in memory of Stan and Paul Ackemann

  • JoLynn & Steve Merlin

    Congratulations for all of your hard work and success. You have made all of us very proud.

  • Candy & Stephen Berman

    We're excited to see the new generation make a difference in the lives of those who need help. Candy and Steve Berman

  • Abusch-Magder Family

    Thanks for helping beat this terrible disease!

  • Tapper Family

    Happy to support you and this great cause!

  • Ken, Lauri, Ally and Max Winkler

    Congratulations on your campaign and efforts to help find a cure for blood cancers!

  • Ofra Sheetrit

    Way to go Gabriel and Jonathan. So proud of your efforts. Morah Ofra

  • Stacy Bardo and Scott Rosenblatt

    Keep up the fantastic work! Sending best wishes on your amazing effort - Stacy and Scott

  • Gary, Liz and Spencer Lieberman

    There are too many people for me to name in memory of and in honor of - sadly

  • Cathy & Morris Borenstein

    So proud of both of you for your passion & dedication !

  • Mitch Weintraub

    Great job guys!

  • Temi, Evan, Annie and Elisabeth Levy

    Wonderful work, Jonathan and Gabriel!!

  • The Janko Family

    Great Job boys for fundraising for this important charity! Love the Janko Family

  • Cindy and Jeff Hopkins

    Way to go!

  • Karyn Watkins

    Way to go Freshman Nights!! So proud of your leadership on this worthy cause!!

  • Malcolm McComb

    Gladys McComb

  • Gary Margolias

    Great job Gabriel!

  • Rhonda Stark

    Great work! Lily and Ava Stark

  • Jessica Bradley

    Never give up...Never give in!

  • The Mendelson Family

    Great job! Love, The Mendelson Family

  • Kerri & Erez Katz

    What you're doing is a truly wonderful mitzvah. Yasher koach!

  • The Snyder Family

    Proud of the work you are doing!

  • Marvin, Kerry, Amanda, & Aaron Solomiany

    Sko Gabriel! You’re doing great things bud:)

  • The Israel Family

    You are doing a great mitzvah!

  • Randy Weisburd

    Great work for a great cause! Keep up the good work.

  • Connie Grigsby

    What a wonderful effort, Gabriel. Way to go! Your work will help many people, and helping people is of the highest calling. All the best to you and your teammate!

  • Puja Singh

    Good luck! Puja Singh

  • Amy Fingerhut

    You have rocked this!! Awesome job!

  • Regine Basha

    I love you!!!

  • Marni & Daniel Bekerman

    Proud of you boys for making a difference!

  • Daniel Simes

    Congrats on raising so much!

  • Jodi Firestone

    Way to go Jonathan!

  • Finkelstein family

    Great job Jonathan and Gabriel!

  • Tami Shaoul

    Good luck with your fundraising Gabriel! xxo, Tami Shaoul Weiner

  • Elayne and Ron Gabbai

    What a great cause, best of luck!

  • The Cullinane Family

    Good Luck!

  • Lori Miller

    Jonathan and Gabriel, So proud of both of you for stepping up to raise funds to combat this terrible disease. Keep up the good work~ Lori Miller

  • Robert LaChapelle

    Glad to have this opportunity to participate in your efforts. Push hard boys and you will meet or exceed your goals.

  • Michelle Young

    Great job, so proud of both of you!

  • Renee and Searle Videlefsky

    Way to go Gabriel and Jonathan on raising money for such a worthy cause! Proud of you boys!

  • Julie, Gregg & Max Porter

    Great work boys! A cause near and dear to our family as we have a dear family friend who has been battling this disease for 20 years.

  • Yvonne Tropp

    In honor of Jonathan Merlin.

  • Alan Epstein

    In honor of Jonathan Merlin!

  • Spencyr & Eddi Aronson8L

    Spencyr & Eddi Aronson

  • The Holzer Family

    Very proud of you, always.

  • Les, Barbara, and Matthew Steiger

    Gabe and Jonathan, keep up the good work.

  • Luci, Stan, Maya, Michael, Ethan & Leo Sunshine

    Way to go Jonathan! Best of luck to you and your team for an amazing cause! Love, Luci, Stan, Maya, Michael, Ethan & Leo Sunshine!

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  • Jolynn Merlin

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  • Anna Pfohl

    Good luck Jonathan!!

  • Margo, Doug, Ryan & Alanna Diamond

    Job well done! Congratulations

  • Camp Manitou

    Great work Jonny! Keep up the efforts supporting such an important cause. JD & Your Manitou Family

  • Osnat Soffer

    Dear Gabriel We’re so proud of you Love , the Soffer’s

  • Scott & Deborah Arant

    Gabriel we are so proud of all your hard work.

  • Mateo and Luna

    Good work Gabrile. We hope you reach your goal! Good luck - Mateo and Luna

  • Mary Roos

    Hope you have had a good campaign.

  • Lori & Allan Peljovich

    Thank you Jonathan and Gabriel for raising money for such a great cause!

  • Alex Spinelli

    Love u Gabe

  • Ella, Avery & Davis Berman

    Your hard work and determination will make a difference in people's lives. We wish you much success!

  • Sheryl and Greg Bluestein

    Great cause

  • Ula Zusman

    What an amazing thing you’re doing. May you go from strength to strength.

  • Laura Schilling

    Proud of you for doing this!!

  • Aaron and Bobbi Griffin

    Keep up the great work! It is great to see you both have such a drive and passion for a great cause!

  • Elana Yoels

    Good luck to both of you on this incredibly important campaign!

  • Brandi and Shai Kattan

    HI Gabriel, Keep up the great work. Brandi and Shai Kattan

  • Kia Oates

    Great job guys! I'm happy to support a worthy cause.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for taking the time to fund raise for this worthy cause.

  • Neill and Andrea Videlefsky

    Amazing work, Gabriel. You are an inspiration! You are making a true difference for those with leukemia and lymphoma!

  • Keri L Greenwald

    Great initiative Gabriel and Jonathan!

  • David, Abby, Eli and Remi levinson

    Jonathan- we are so proud of you!

  • Jill and DannyLeshtz

    Great job Jonathan! So happy to support such a great cause!

  • Ben, Nadine, Brad & Dani

    Amazing work boys!

  • The May Family

    We hope you reach your goal! Good luck!

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