Atlanta Students of the Year

Ross Ashby | Team Fo Co Cure's Campaign Team

Jake Hale, Watson Kimel and Ross Ashby

Jan 11, 2018

We are honored to have been accepted to participate in the 2018 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 raising $50,000 for people like Connor McMahon, our classmate who has won his battle against cancer; and our Honored Hero, Alyssa Howell, who is currently in remission from Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Our mission is to not only meet our financial goal 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 and we need your help! 

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. And to learn more about the treatment that cured Connor, please click here:

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere we thank you for your support!

For more information about LLS, please visit




  • South Forsyth High School

    This donation is made by the students, faculty and staff of South Forsyth High School!!!

  • Jo Ann & John Walter

    Ross, you brought this to our attention. Good luck to you and your friends who are helping to fight the fight. John and JovAnn Walter

  • Jason Sims

    A little bit goes a long way!

  • Simy Carvalho

    Great job, boys! So proud of you three and this great cause.

  • Sonja Bullard

    I am so proud of these young men for championing such a worth cause as eradicating cancer. We lost my mother-in-law after years of battling her form of cancer, and support this cause to help find a cure!

  • Ed and Kathryn Hayes

    Good Luck Watson from Kathryn and Ed!

  • Venkat Krishnamoorthy

    Very proud of your team's efforts towards a good cause!

  • Sheryl Falls

    This is an awesome thing for the guys to do, it is so important for us to keep spreading the word

  • Frida's restaurant

    Proceeds from spirit night

  • David Saltarelli

    Great job boys....or should I say men. Look forward to seeing you you all on lacrosse field!

  • Sandra White

    In Memory of C.W. White

  • Kori Anderson

    We so wished that a cure was available when my Mother-in-Law was diagnosed with Leukemia back in 2003. She fought valiantly, but sadly, there was no treatment available to her. It is my hope that through your efforts, and those like yours, a cure might be found. Thank you!

  • HS Anonymous

    An anonymous donation from South Forsyth High School.

  • Rob and Laura Bunker

    Great job, Jake, Ross and Watson! The Bunker Family

  • Debbie young

    Way to go Jake, Watson and Ross. This is a great thing that you are doing. Keep it up.

  • John & Barbara Lawless

    Great job boys.

  • Sara & Bert Bacchus

    Watson - your parents are so proud of you and its no wonder why. Hoping to see you and your team hit your goal!

  • Lacy Hernandez

    Good luck Watson!

  • Keely Smith

    Team FoCo Cure is amazing!

  • Mike and Diana Parker

    Watson, Best of luck to you and your friends in your fundraising efforts. So glad you thought to contact us. Diana and Mike

  • Ben Shiptenko

    Hope this helps you guys out.

  • Bridget Shipley

    I am happy to support Jacob Hale and his team, FoCo Cure.

  • Amy Shiptenko

    Watson - thank you for your efforts to help fund cancer research! Aunt Amy :)

  • MaryAnn Barnable

    Keep up the good work boys.

  • Jay & Debbie Fox

    So proud to see young people involved in such a great cause. We have lost a loved one to Leukemia and currently have a family member being treated with immunotherapy. We are sure you will reach your goal for this great cause.

  • Jake Shiptenko

    Hey Watson.

  • Marilyn Kimble

    So proud of our nephew, Ross Ashby, and his friends for contributing their time and effort to this worthy cause.

  • Beverly Heslin

    Fantastic to see young men involved with a great cause. You are an inspiration to all.

  • Natalie and Dan Ziegler

    Proud of you, Luke and your friends, for doing your part to make a difference!

  • Michele Wyckoff

    So proud of these wonderful SOFO students! Great job everyone!!

  • Joseph FIGLOW

    Ross, you and your friends are doing a great job! And I wish you all the best. Whether leukemia, lymphoma, or any of the many forms cancer takes, we've all lost loved family or friends to this disease, so I say thanks for the hard work and dedication! Bravo!

  • Valerie Musial

    Thank you for helping raise money to help people with LLS! ??

  • Melinda Doolittle

    Good luck Ross.

  • Mary Donovan

    I am proud to support such a worthy cause. My own mom died of non hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1984. It was at a time when there was only a 20% survival rate. Two years after her death the survival rate went to about 80% due to ongoing research.

  • Tom Connolly

    Well done!!! Keep up the great work!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Good Luck in your efforts, very commendable and it's great to see the youth of America doing great things like this thinking of others.

  • Lloyd Penn

    Good luck on reaching your goal towards a great cause. Thank you for all the hard work.

  • The McKenzie Family

    Great job, keep up the good work!

  • Ron Young

    Well done, Ross! Never stop doing for others.

  • Kristi Hollister

    Thank you for making a difference, Watson!

  • Kelly & Rob Hays

    Jake, we are so very proud of you and the effort you are making to support the research into finding a cure for blood cancers. We watched our dear friends lose their amazing 9 yo daughter to leukemia in 2006. Then, we watched a very close college friend lose her vibrant dad a few years ago. Thank you for working hard to cure this awful disease. ~Kelly & Rob Hays

  • Karen Hale

    He is smiling from heaven :)

  • SFHS

    This is from SFHS....thank you again!

  • SFHS Raffle

    Raffle sales from SFHS!

  • SFHS

    SFHS students!! Thank you!!

  • Adrienne Opdyke

    Proud of you Jake and your whole team Love you- Aunt Adrienne

  • Stewart - table purchase

    Table from yard sale

  • The Poteet's

    Watson, it's great to see what a great young man you've become and your parents should be very proud of you. We're happy to contribute to this worthy cause and to support you and your teammates. The Poteet's - Lewisville, TX

  • Anonymous

    May the cures to eradicate these diseases forever come soon and hope and healing to all affected by it.

  • Donald Fowler

    We wish you success with the fund raising but more importantly, we pray that the money will assist in the treatment of many.

  • Joe Baker

    Make it happen men!

  • Jonathan Fink

    Great Cause Guys as thanks for leading the charge!!

  • Erik Newby


  • John and Donna Shiptenko

    Nonna and Papa are very proud of you, Watson. This donation is from them:)

  • Richard Ashby

    Donation from JT's dad; youth Lacrosse coach

  • Mike Cassidy

    Great cause. Good luck!

  • Carl S Hale

    Thank you Jake and gentleman for your work and heart for people with cancer. We are praying today for those who are diagnosed with these conditions, for their healing and strength and salvation! Ephesians 2:8-9

  • Leigh Caulfield

    Atlanta student of the year

  • Kevin & Melinda Nourse

    Proud of all of your hard work for such a great cause!

  • Kelly Moore

    Thanks for making a difference in the lives of all the people your fundraising campaign will support.

  • Michel T

    Great cause by some great kids (young adults I guess). Keep up the good work and let’s all find a cure.

  • Whitney Lyons

    Thank you for your efforts to help find a cure and better treatments!

  • Heather Binkley

    I’m proud of you Ross!

  • Richard Ashby

    Sale of air hockey table

  • The Warners

    Thanks for making a difference!! We are proud of you! The Warner Family

  • Chris Cardwell UF ZTA

    May your goals be reached and cancers be cured!

  • Hennessy Lexus of Gwinnett Rob Hays

    Hennessy Lexus of Gwinnett supports Jake Hale's effort to cure blood cancers.

  • Richard Ashby

    Raffle tix sales

  • Michael Turner

    This is in memory of my friend Tim Bowman who had non Hodgkin lymphoma and passed. Thanks for all you do to raise money to help!!!

  • AutoIMS

    This is the generous matching from the team at AutoIMS.

  • Grub Burger

    Proceeds night at Grub.

  • Aaron & Karen Hale

    Thank you for all the excellent work you've done over the past 3 months for LLS, Jake, Ross, and Watson! Your efforts will not only help to save lives, but will improve the quality of life for the many who do survive blood cancers. You are all fine young men and we know you will continue to help others throughout your lives.

  • South Forsyth High School

    Thanks again South Forsyth High School....raffle money.

  • The McBrides

    Keep up the great work, Ross!

  • Matthew Wells and Family

    Watson and friends- I applaud your selfless efforts to raise money for such a great cause. A cancer free world is that much more of a reality because of your efforts!

  • Brent Sergot

    Great cause. Good luck, boys. The Sergot’s.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Ross for including me.

  • Susan Shiptenko

    Love Aunt Susan Jake and Ben

  • The Mangums

    Keep up the good work Ross. We hope you reach your goal.

  • Vince and Terri Golletti

    Jake, We are proud of you and your friends, and the dedication you have put forth serving others. God bless you!❤️

  • Virginia Hennigar

    Congrats on a successful campaign! Thank you for helping to beat cancer!

  • Raffle donation

  • Raffle donation

  • Ruchard Ashby

    Raffle donation

  • Shari Christiansen

    So proud of you Ross. Take Care and look forward to hearing about the difference you will make for so many people suffering with these horrible diseases. Best Regards, Shari, Eric,Tore,Owen & Corin

  • Amy Moreau

    Talk of the Table event

  • The Brown Family

    Your hard work raising money and awareness of LLS will make a difference! Happy to help and proud of these boys for their commitment and efforts.

  • Laura Vittitow

    Great job boys! Good luck raising funds for a worthy cause. The Vittitows

  • John Harris

    This is a great thing you're doing Watson! I know you've made mom & dad very proud as they should be. If you guys want to do more fundraising like this in the future, let's talk about utilizing my facility to help.

  • Jennifer Mahota

    Very proud of Jake Hale and his classmates for giving their time to help raise money for this great cause. I appreciate being asked to be a part of it.

  • Guy Tully

    Good Luck on this great cause!

  • Michele and Kurt Niermann

    We applaud your hard work! This is an amazing project. We wish you all the best! The Niermann Family

  • David Sutton

    From one lacrosse family to another. Go Team FOCO! Ross Cammarata - your efforts do not go unnoticed. D. Sutton

  • The Ashby's

    Ross, Watson and Jake - these past 6 months have been such an amazing journey. We've seen each of you grow beyond anything we could have imagined. We've loved working with all of you and we'll never forget this experience. We've all experienced cancer in our lives and like you, we want to see it GONE forever. Congrats on a well run campaign. We could not be more proud to have been part of Team FoCoCure. Someday really is today!

  • Don McMahon - The Joint Dacula

    Amazing work boys. So proud to have been a part of this.

  • Don McMahon - ETF Fitness - Eat the Frog Fitness

    Inspirational - one of the many words that can describe all that have been a part of this wonderful cause

  • Don McMahon - ETF Fitness - Eat the Frog Fitness

    LLS has been there through Connors 12 year fight with leukemia. They have even helped put with his own foundation, Connors Hope. I am so glad to surround myself with such wonderful people.

  • Bolanos Family

    Great cause!

  • Ann Kimel

    We are donating in honor of Joe Mizereck and pray for his continued health overcoming leukemia. We are so proud of our nephew Watson Kimel for giving to much of his time this year to raise funds to find a cure.

  • Linda Kimel

    Watson, Jake and Ross and Hale and Ashby family this has been an amazing journey. You should be so proud of the money you raised to eradicate cancer!!! We are so proud of you boys and know we will spend a lifetime of friendship and building more memories together. Love you all!!!!

  • Tobin and Jaime Mercer

    Thanks for pushing this great cause. Tobin and Jaime Mercer

  • Bobby and Sarah

    Awesome work you're doing, Jake! Proud of you cousin! Love, Bobby and Sarah

  • Torchia Family

    Awesome effort, Awesome job!!! The Torchia Family

  • Michelle Cripe

    Good luck boys!

  • Natalie Wright

    It's wonderful to see young people making a difference. Thanks for your hard work.

  • Heather Rudd

    We are so proud of our Forsyth LLS Team!! Good Luck from The Rudds'

  • Melody Lidvall

    You guys are so admirable for taking the time and effort to do this project.

  • Angela OSullivan

    Awesome cause!!

  • Cammarata Family

    Today's leaders step out of their comfort zone, commit to a cause and make a significant positive impact on other peoples lives. That's what you have done and that's why you are leaders in your school and in your community. Congratulations and Thank you.

  • Frank Jackson

    Such a good cause for students to take up. Keep up the good work.

  • Sean Carpenter

    Good luck to all those students raising money for this cause. #FCancer

  • John Manchin

    It is encouraging to see young people involved in such a great cause.

  • SFHS

    South Forsyth High School Donations.....thanks again!

  • William Neal

    Great to see young adults take the initiative to bring people together and contribute to a great cause!

  • Brent Morgan

    Great work boys!

  • Justin Clayvon

    Good work Jake! Go Connor! - Justin Clayvon

  • Allison Carter

    Good luck, Watson! You are doing great work! Allison, Jackson and Jared.

  • Leslie Messer

    Great job. In a world of negative, it is so nice to see this wonderful display of positive.

  • Kathy and Tim Logan

    Go Watson!! So proud of you and the boys for doing this!

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