Students of the Year Atlanta

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Carly, Courtney and Barri's Students of the Year Fundraiser

Jan 03, 2021

Thank you for visiting our fundraising page!

As we begin our 7-week campaign, we wanted to share a little bit more with you about our team, Secure the Cure 2.0 and our motivation to raise these life-saving funds for the mission of LLS.

As co-candidates, we are leading a team of our peers. From January 3rd to February 20th, our team is seeking to raise $250,000 for LLS. This is an ambitious undertaking, but we are incredibly passionate about this cause and know our team members will help us rise to the challenge. 

Like many of you, all three of us have close connections to cancer. Each of us has a parent who has won the battle against cancer. We want to make sure that we are the last generation that endures the difficult challenge of cancer, and we want to make a change in honor of our parents: Evan Appel, Sharla Kahn, and Tracy Seitz. With that being said, we view Students of the Year as an opportunity to stand up in the fight against cancer by raising funds for such an amazing organization that is at the forefront of the cancer-curing game. 

We are so excited to share our SOY journey with you. Visit our website as often as you can and share it with everyone you know who would also like to join us in the fight against cancer. All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. We believe that, together, we have the power, the passion, and the resolve to achieve a world without blood cancer.

On behalf of cancer patients and their families everywhere, we thank you for your support!


Carly, Courtney & Barri


A Pre-Kickoff Message

Dec 29, 2020

Thank you for visiting our fundraising page!

As we approach our kickoff date of January 3, 2021, we wanted to share a little bit more with you about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Students of the Year and our team, Secure the Cure 2.0.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: A global leader in the fight to end cancer, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is committed to blood cancer patients and their families. LLS's mission is "research, education and support, and policy and advocacy" and the organization works tirelessly to put blood cancer patients and their families first. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested nearly 1.3 billion dollars in cutting-edge blood cancer research, funding breakthroughs that have advanced lifesaving treatments and cures that now help patients with other cancers and diseases. Through their signature fundraising campaigns, like Students of the Year and Person of the Year, LLS is able to raise both support and awareness for their mission. 

Students of the Year: Students of the Year (SOY) is a leadership development program for high school students seeking to make an impact in the fight against cancer. Set as a seven-week philanthropic competition that begins January 3rd, students lead a team of their peers to raise awareness and funds for blood cancers. The funds raised directly support LLS. Prior to the kickoff date, students have been learning leadership, business and fundraising skills.

Our Team: As co-candidates, we will be leading a team of our peers. From Janurary 3rd to February 20th, our team, Secure the Cure 2.0, plans to raise $250,000 for LLS. This is an ambitious undertaking, but we are incredibly passionate about this cause and know our team members will help us rise to the challenge. 

We are so excited to share our SOY journey with you. Visit our website as often as you can and share it with everyone you know who would also like to join us in the fight against cancer. All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. We believe that, together, we have the power, the passion, and the resolve to achieve a world without blood cancer.

On behalf of cancer patients and their families everywhere, we thank you for your support!


Carly, Courtney & Barri



  • Stacey and Stuart Shapiro

    We love you Barri!! You are amazing!

  • Julie & Brad Allison

    Way to go!

  • Jason Smith

    Go team go

  • Angela Santone

    Way to go Carly!

  • Vicki Appel

    Keep up the great work Carly!

  • Nancy Amato

    A worthy cause and Barri is an amazing young lady! Proud to support .

  • Ashli Breen and Jon Eisenstat

    You are an inspiration Barri!

  • Mindy Feinstein

    Congratulations Barri!! We are honored to support you in your mission, and we will donate in honor of your wonderful, sweet, and brave Mom :) XOXO, Mindy, Larry, Sam and Leah Feinstein

  • Maggie and Will Kearney

    Proud of you, Carly! You go girl.

  • Amy Haney

    good luck!

  • Caren Merlin

    Great job Barri! XO The Merlins

  • suzanne moore

    Very impressive Carly and team

  • Marla Snyder Barkoff

    Sending Barri (and Tracy!) a big hug! xoxo, The Barkoffs in Chicago

  • Andrew Berg

    This donation is for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Student of the Year Program which Carly Appel is participating in. This donations is from Homrich Berg Wealth Management and Andy Berg. Homrich Berg is locate at 3550 Lenox Road, NE, Suite 2700, Atlanta, GA 30326.

  • Hayley Kahn & Adam Levinson

    Great job, Courtney! Excited to support you and help you reach your fundraising goal!

  • Alicia Ford

    Good luck Carly! A great cause!

  • Paige Sachs

    Way to go! Love, The Sachs Family

  • Ron Lipsitz

    Happy to help.

  • Julie Royal

    Yeah Barri!!! We love you!

  • Dina Gerson

    Courtney- SO proud of you. Honored to be on your fundraising journey with you. #yougotthis

  • The Perlsteins

    Great job Barri!

  • Roslyn and Darryl Konter

    Thanks for fighting the good fight!

  • The Oshins Family

    The Oshins Family

  • Lori and Kevin Rubin

    Our warmest support Lori and Kevin Rubn

  • Arin & Lorne Tritt

    So proud of your hard work Barri for this important cause.

  • Cara and Shaun Traub

    Way to go Barri!!

  • Laurie Galanti

    Courtney ... so proud of you and your friends! What a wonderful program for a wonderful cause! I'm happy to support you! Love you!

  • Tova & Brad Glenn

    Good luck Barri!

  • Pam Mason

    I am so proud of you Carly!!

  • Mara and Justin Berman

    Congratulations Courtney on your leadership

  • John and Tish Inman

    Courtney - Congratulations on your nomination and acceptance of your leadership position to help out LLS. We love your family very much and are happy to support you and this wonderful cause. Best of luck for a successful campaign and a safe healthy and happy 2021. Cheers! The Inmans

  • Stanley Appel

    This is certainly a worthwhile cause, and Carly Appel's leadership is commendable. Stan Appel MD

  • Dori Haberman

    Good luck Barri! We are so grateful for your mom’s good health

  • Philip Rubin

    Great Job Barri!

  • Tricia and Nicole Katz

    Great job, Barri! Love, Tricia and Nicole

  • Lindsey and Michael Kuniansky

    So happy to support you, Barri!

  • PRUMC Sports and Recreation

    Good Luck!

  • Jeffrey Sugarman

    Secure the Cure

  • Carla Silver

    In memory of my Mother who died from Lymphoma

  • Beth Plummer

    I'm donating in honor of my father, Charles Gardner. Good luck in your fundraising efforts!

  • Vanessa and Isaac Frank

    Barri- thank you for raising awareness and funds! Xo The Frank family

  • Valerie and Peter Weitzner

    Great work! Very Important cause! Dear friend's son is currently undergoing lymphoma treatment so this really hits home.

  • Caroline Crawford

    Good luck!

  • Carol and Donald Herman

    Barri.....Sending Love, Carol and Donald Herman

  • Amie Herbert

    Good luck, Courtney!!

  • Casy Walters

    Good luck with your fundraising! What a great cause.

  • Joan and Gerry Berger

    Congratulations, Courtney! We could not be more proud of you!

  • Iris and Isaac Avigal

    We are so proud of you Barri!!!❤️

  • Diane Withers

    This is such a worthy cause, and I wish you the very best of luck in meeting your very lofty goal!

  • Betty Albert

    This is close to my heart as I lost my brother 22 years ago...wishing you all much success in your fundraising efforts!

  • Susan Londe

    Good luck Barri!

  • The Abt Family

    Very proud of this rock star team! Barri and Courtney: Our family has known you both since you were infants/toddlers, and you both are continual bright lights of positivity and change. Carly: While we haven't met you or your family, we know being paired up with Barri and Courtney means you are a strong force of nature as well. Your collective letter was beautiful and thank goodness your parents are such strong, special warriors. It's an honor to go through this campaign at the same time as your families. Rachael, Jay, Eden & Avery Abt

  • Cindy Hyman

    Keep up the great work!!!

  • Mark and Dimitra Moraitakis

    Carly - congratulations on this effort. You and the team are doing a fabulous job of raising awareness and money!

  • Anonymous

    I’m proud of you, Carly!

  • Meredith Forrester

    Barri, we are so proud of you!!!!

  • kenny silverboard

    Way to go Barri. Keep up the important work.

  • The Richmond Family

    Go Barri!

  • Rabbi Bradley Levenberg

    Happy to support your efforts, Courtney!

  • Rick and Michelle Young

    Way to go Barri!

  • Mark Pye

    Proud to support Carly Appel and Team, Secure the Cure 2.0 in this most worthy cause.

  • Alyson Lapes

    Way to go!!

  • Kimberly, Marc, Jonah, Asher & Bella Glenn

    Good luck on this great cause! Kimberly, Marc, Jonah, Asher and Bella Glenn


    Mu uncle Robert also beat his lymphoma and has been good for several years thanks Barri for your good work love Carol and Warren Fogel

  • lisa and evan toporek

    Great job and proud of you for doing this for such a great cause!

  • Patricia & Seth Reeves

    Proud of you for all your efforts towards this great cause!

  • The Colkers

    So proud of you, Barri! We love you!

  • Debra Brown

    Great job Barri!!

  • Shauna & Steven Grosswald

    Love, The Grosswalds

  • Natalie and Seth Toporek

    Keep up the amazing work for this great cause!

  • Kornblum Family

    Congrats on making a difference! Way to go!

  • roy adilman

    So glad you are doing this we wish you our best Phyllis and Roy Adilman

  • Shane and Leah Whigam

    Good luck, Carly! You’re doing amazing work!

  • Radhika Behl

    Happy to contribute. Thank you!

  • Alana & Marc Sonenshine

    Way to go Barri! So happy to support you and this important cause.

  • Allison Boaz

    Great work, Barri and team!

  • Jessie and Michael Rosenberg

    Keep up the good work!

  • Kimberly Maki

    Good luck Carly - in appreciation for all you do. Plus your mom Kellie is amazing !!!

  • The D'Agostino Family

    For our dear friends, the Seitz Family!

  • Roz and Stephen Harris

    In honor of Barri and team's work, and in honor of Tracy's good health.

  • David Linch and Nancy Grace

    Good luck Carly!!!

  • Merrill Wynne

    Parents Brian Seitz

  • Lyle Green

    Thank you for your willingness to serve.

  • David Abusch-Magder

    Thank you Barri, Courtney and Carly for helping fight this disease

  • The Suddeth Family

    This is such beautiful work Barri. You are a blessing and we are proud to support your goals. With love always, The Suddeth Family

  • Clemmie Jordan

    Good luck Carly...believing your goal will be met because all you girls do is amazing!

  • The Backofens

    Love you Barri - happy to support you and your mom :) Sending lots of love from NY! xoxo, The Backofens

  • Mary Ellen Ladieu

    Thank you for fighting to find a cure!

  • Mike Shapiro

    Way to go “Baramiah”!

  • Cheryl, Phil and Ian Yagoda

    Way to go Barri!!

  • Aunt Sica, Mike, Emerson and Oliver

    We love you so much Barri! You are so special and have a heart of gold. You are a shining light!!! We love you and your family! There’s nothing you can’t do. We can’t wait to see what you do next. Love Aunt Sica, Mike, Emerson and Oliver

  • Leila and Jay Bressler

    Great Job Barri!

  • Debra & Philip Siegel

    Way to Go! Proud of you

  • The Altmann family

    Great job Bari!

  • Michael & Leigh Schiff

    Great work on raising money for a great cause. The Schiffs

  • Ronald Seitz and Karen Eddy

    What a great effort Barri. So proud of you.

  • Plymouth Funding

    Congrats on your amazing efforts! We love you!!

  • Jane Nations

    Thank you for raising money for such an important cause!

  • Eddie Birnbrey

    Great Job Carly!

  • Kadoori Family

    Way to go! The Kadoori Family

  • Donna W Pottorff

    Proud of you, Carly!

  • Berke Family

    So proud of you!

  • Alisa Alloy

    What a great cause!

  • Amar Singh

    Great work!

  • Bonnie Marshall & Dylan Teplis

    Thank you for supporting such a great cause!

  • Bonny Marshall and Dylan Teplis

    This Donation is made in Memory of my brother, Rick.

  • DJ & Christy MACKOVETS

    Thanks for your work on this great cause! Christy &DJ

  • Peachtree Presbyterian Church

    We are grateful for the healing Evan Appel has received and recognize that all of life is a gift of grace. May God continue to heal those who are sick and encourage those who seek cures in all forms.

  • David Weinandy

    Always a pleasure to support you and a great cause!

  • Stacie Buckley

    Nice work Carly!

  • Kirsten Travers-Uyham

    Good luck with your team supporting such a good cause. Thank you for including us!

  • Richard Eydt

    God speed to find a cure!

  • Catherine Steiger

    Hi Carly, I'm happy to support your efforts for such a worthy cause. Best of luck! Kate Steiger

  • Sheila de la Cruz

    Donating in honor of my brother-in-law who lost his battle with leukemia. Good luck!

  • Robert and Allison Beldick and Family

    Great job Barri! Happy to support an important cause!

  • Susan Grant

    Happy to support you, Carly! Glad to hear your Dad is doing well!

  • Robin & Lance Lourie

    Great work Courtney!! We are very proud of you!! Robin & Lance

  • Barbara Pomerance

    Tracy, We wish you continued good health. Best regards, Barbara and Leon Pomerance

  • Todd and Brandi Decovsky

    My mom passed away with Pancreatic Cancer. Great cause you are doing.

  • Stacey-Ann Walford

    From The Walford’s

  • Suzan Satterfield

    Best of luck

  • Anonymous

    in Honor of Evan - praying for strength for all of those battling and their families who support and care for them. God bless!

  • Beth Hanssens

    Carly, I am your mom's "Betsy Sister" (she knows what that means). LLS is near and dear to my heart. I also raise funds each year for the Big Climb here in Philadelphia. Wishing you and your team Good Luck! All my best, Beth Hanssens

  • Kim McQuilken

    Happy to support Carly and her great parents!

  • Dan Briggs

    Speedy recovery. Prayers for your father and family

  • Wiiliam Muller

    On behalf of the wonderful Appel family!

  • Michelle Odom

    Hope you meet your goal sweet girl. Michelle Odom

  • Wayne Bradley & Ann-Marie McGaughey

    Carly-You are doing a great thing. Wayne Bradley and Ann-Marie McGaughey

  • Jack Womack

    Great job Carly!!

  • Alison and Jonathan Levine

    Way to go Courtney!!!! Our favorite cause! So happy to support you and LLS!!

  • Adeline Lambert

    We are proud of you and your efforts to raise money for such a worthy cause!

  • Joy Kenerly

    Proud of you, Carly. We need more people in this world like you. Mrs. Joy Kenerly and Adeline and Jameson

  • Jodi Friedman

    Best of luck with your fundraiser Carly. I will be participating in the BIG Climb virtually this year in the Philly area. Your mom's betsy magness sisters are cheering you on!

  • Elizabeth Mulholland

    Good luck Carly! Great cause

  • Dawn Simonton

    Thank you for reaching out and raising money to end such a heartbreaking disease! My father lost his battle with esophageal cancer over a decade ago and I know how important research is to cure our loved ones.

  • Frank Buonanotte

    Always happy to support Pace students doing great things for the community. Frank and Jenn Buonanotte

  • Adam & Jen Freeman

    Great work!

  • Jennifer Anderson Gragg

    Congrats Carly, on your amazing effort for such an important cause. I’ll be cheering you on! ~Jenn Anderson Gragg

  • Cathy Harper

    Nice work Carly! You are all making a great impact!

  • Rich Warren

    Terrific cause and great work!

  • Janet Abbazia

    Love seeing the energy these students are putting behind a great cause!

  • Veronica Sheehan

    Way to go Carly!

  • Valerie Hartman

    Thanks for making a difference!

  • David Stremba

    Fantastic story and cause Carly! Happy to support your cause and an Appel!

  • Darrett Amyx

    Thanks for your efforts to eradicate cancer, Carly! From Darrett & Brian

  • Fred Ulreich

    Another step so we may have more cancer survivors. Keep it going!

  • Minnich Family

    Barri, We are so proud of you for doing such a great job raising money for LLS. The Minnichs

  • Shanka Manawadu

    Good luck!

  • The Dickey Family

    Keep up the great work Carly!

  • Mike Pine

    Great job Carly!

  • Wendy Roddey

    Donating for Carly Appel

  • Dennis Quinn

    Great cause; thanks for your efforts!

  • David Roemer

    This is awesome!

  • Jon, Julie, Brenner, Max Appel

    We hope this helps you meet your goal, Carly!

  • Brian & Sharla Kahn

    Congratulations Team Secure the Cure, 2!!

  • Lori and Mark Zwecker

    Way to go Courtney, so proud of you for raising $ for such a worthy cause!

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