Students of the Year Chicago

Ashley Woltman | Team Ashley

My Cancer Story

Jan 18, 2020

As many of you know, I am a survivor of childhood leukemia.  I was diagnosed on 1/1/14 at age 11 and fought hard to win the battle.  I spent 160+ days in the hospital that year, was given total body radiation, and received a life-saving bone marrow transplant in June 2014 from a total stranger.  I was in isolation for 9 months and missed 20 months of school.  Today, I continue to battle with the lasting effects of the toxic treatment, including chronic kidney disease which will require a kidney transplant in the future

I have been nominated for Students of the Year for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  During the next 7 weeks my team and I will be seeking out as many donations as possible to help kids like me and their families.



  • Anonymous

    Keep up the good work! You're my hero!

  • Kathryn Transue

    A great cause. Wea re happy to support you, and so happy to see the beautiful young woman you’ve become. We love you Kathy, Ralph and Lani Transue

  • Wendy Tresouthick

    Student of the Year! AWESOME!

  • Penny

    Such a worthy cause. We must fund more research! Go Ashley!

  • Karen and Martin Staff

    Hard to find the right words to say. You are an inspiration to many, your efforts are so valued, and your strength along with positive attitude so greatly admired.

  • Teresa Johnson

    You are amazing Ashley!!!Thank you for being a voice for so many struggling with this horrible disease! Proud to help in any way we can!!! So proud of you!!! Teresa, Anson, Nick and Luke Johnson

  • Anonymous

    We’ve never met, but I applaud your efforts, especially for continuing to fight for those who need a real live hero- like you! God bless you and thank you for being an advocate, as well as a role model.

  • Michele Rosado

    You go girl!! Champion in all you do!

  • Sandy Pakula

    Ashley... I am so proud of the young woman you have grown up to be and for your efforts to give back to others. Love you so much! Sandy Pakula

  • Melissa Yarosz

    So happy to see you championing this effort! You are a fighter and survivor for sure and inspiration to many!

  • Susi Pihera

    Congratulations Ashley on all of your successes thus far, especially beating cancer! Best wishes to you and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with meeting your campaign goals!

  • Fonda & Lauren

    Ashley- We will always be on Team Woltman! Congrats on your SOY nomination! You are an amazing young woman from an amazing family. You are an inspiration. Fonda and Lauren

  • Amanda & Eric Szos

    Love you Ashley!

  • Donna C Ludwig

    Good Luck and Stay Well !

  • Allison Mizener

    For Ashley Woltman

  • Lynnette Arendt

    So proud of you and happy to know you and your family! Go Ashley!

  • MardelLe Gundlach

    Way to go!

  • Sharon Mulder

    You are strong, and smart, loving and beautiful.....inside and out! Noah and I feel so lucky to have you in our lives!

  • Cindy Demos

    Ashley, you are an amazing person. I am lucky to have you as a student. Keep being awesome!

  • Jennifer McNeer

    Way to go Ashley! I am so very proud of you.

  • Anonymous

    Go Ashley, what a great campaign you have put together. Hoping for the best for all! Rudy's Mom, Nancy

  • Robin Hulshizer

    You are a genuine inspiration to everyone - beloved. Don't ever forget that!

  • brian wojtun

    You are an amazing young woman. Your story inspires me each day. I am so thankful for you sharing this with me and so many others...not to mention trying to help those who are dealing with this same issue. Thank you for being you!

  • Anonymous

    All things are possible with Jesus!

  • Richard Weinberg

    Wishing you all the very best, today and always!!! Richard W.

  • Nikki Dahlin

    You're an inspiration Ashley!

  • Carey Fredrick

    Ashley, You are an inspiration! Good luck to you in this challenge and the challenges that lay ahead. I know you will face them with courage and grace!

  • The Knight Family

    Your strength, determination and attitude through all you've endured are an inspiration to many, Ashley! Congratulations on your nomination for Student of the Year. We love you!

  • Courtney Erickson

    Best of luck Ashley!


    Good job.

  • gina hamann

    Ashley You are amazing! Our inspiration for sure!

  • McGinnis family

    Proud of you Ashley!! Way to make a difference!!

  • Suzanne Giffey Molitor

    Ashley, Thanks for all that you’re doing to move forward in a positive way. Sra. Giffey Molitor

  • Anonymous

    God bless you!

  • Kristina McLachlan

    Way to go Ashley!!

  • Dale & Sandy Woltman

    Way to go Ashley!

  • Friends of Minnihans East, Hampshire

    Nice job, Ashley! HERO!

  • Beth & Peter Zeuthen

    We wish you a bright and happy future

  • Scott Meister

    Stay strong!

  • Steve and Carola

    Congratulations for Student of the Year!! Very glad to support this very effective cause and hope others can benefit going forward.

  • Rev. Julie Bergdahl

    Ashley, you beat Cancer!! You're a real champion in my book. Thanks to LLS for the life-saving research that came just in the nick of time. Thanks to Tom, your bone marrow donor, who did what he alone could do as a "match" for you. Thanks be to God for bringing everything --research, donor, medicines, medical people -- together at just the right time! Love, "Aunt" Julie PS: Thanks for the best birthday present ever -- you got to remission on my big birthday!! And your mom's, too!

Contact us by email or call 888.LLS.7177.