Students of the Year Indianapolis

Ava Connell | Ava Connell's Campaign Team

Welcome to Ava Connell's SOY Fundraising Page!

Jan 23, 2019

I am 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. I am proud to be raising critical dollars in honor of a young patient hero named Riley, who is currently battling blood cancer. I am also proud to be running for many family and friends who are affected by this awful disease. 

Each dollar is a vote. The candidate team that raises the most money at the end of the seven weeks is named Student 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


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  • Susie and Gary Rozanczyk

    So proud of a Ava for taking on this project to help find Treatments and hopefully a cure for this dreaded disease. Great job and good luck iin your efforts

  • Kassy Mcpherson

    Proud of you!!

  • Livia Klain Russell

    Ava, Thank you?? Good luck ??

  • Linda Cohen

    Way to go Ava!

  • Allison Hargrove

    From your B2 US History class! Good luck!

  • Suzy & Larry Falender

    Good luck!

  • Phyllis Vernick

    Ava, I am so happy to support you in Student of the Year for LLS. Good luck!!

  • Christi Watson

    Good luck Ava!

  • Ann Clark

    Good Luck Ava!!

  • Miller family

    Way to go Ava!

  • Brendan and Emily Frank

    Very impressive young woman raising money and awareness for a very important cause.

  • Angela Clark

    Great cause

  • The Felix Family

    Good luck! We are proud of you!

  • Michele and Matt Cohen

    Go Ava!!!

  • Ruthie Myers

    Proud of you, Ava!

  • Sue and Elliott Levin

    Good luck In your endeavor....Way to go!!!!

  • Karen Jacobson

    Good Luck Ava!

  • The Davidoff Family

    We are so proud of you, Ava!

  • Altschule Jody and Joel

    As a your efforts succeed in bringing hope to all of those affected by cancer, we applaud your continued dedication. Ava, thank you for your kind heart.

  • Jeff Smulyan

    Good luck Ava!

  • William And Vicki Baker

    Good luck..Ava

  • Judith Libby

    Ava, how wonderful to support this organization, and we are glad to lend you our support. Judy and Justin Libby

  • Caryl Shideler

    Great job! Ava

  • Megan Flom

    Go Ava! We are so proud of you❤️

  • Judith Engelman

    Dear Ava, It was wonderful to meet you with your Grandma Wendy at her Bexley Girls' Reunion in October. You are clearly an amazing young woman and I am so proud of you. As a physician, I have seen far too many people perish from these terrible diseases AND I have witnessed firsthand the progress being made in developing amazing treatments. Genomics has made personalized treatment a reality and there has never been a better time for research and abundant hope. Bless you. Judy Engelman

  • dr carol traeger

    what a pleasure to support this worthwhile cause,Aunt Carol

  • Fran Orlofsky

    Good luck Ava.! It takes a special person to take on this responsibility..

  • Linda Kerr

    Thanks for taking a stand for these kids, Ava! ❤️

  • Roberta Dakich

    Keep up the great work!

  • Robert Murphy

    Cancer sucks

  • Mimi and Papa Billeeeee

    Your great grandpa Ira must be so proud of you he was the best fun raiser in the whole wide world. Always know we are proud of you each and every day Love Mimi and Papa Billereeeee

  • Stephanie Cassman

    Way to go, Ava! - The Cassmans

  • Brian Monroe & Joel Markovits

    Thanks for doing this Ava! Cousins Joel and Brian

  • Max Watzman

    Dear Ava, wishing you all the best in your important endeavor, in honor of your great grand-dad Ira, a very special man who brought your wonderful family into ours! Hugs, Uncle Max Watzman

  • HotBox Pizza

    Keep going Ava! We are all proud of your hard work!

  • Deena Rosenstein

    To Ava, Good luck reaching your goal !!!

  • Julie and Josh Greenlee

    Good luck Ava! Proud of you! The Greenlee Family

  • Maria Kleiman

    Way to go, Ava

  • Patty Parrish

    Good luck!

  • Aaron and Kristen Kopel

    Good luck, Ava.

  • Kelly Hendricks

    Good luck!

  • Laura & Dennis Carafiol

    Way to go Ava!

  • sablosky Sablosky

    Hope you raise lots of money. Good job!

  • Carol Weiss

    I'm grateful for this opportunity---to contribute to such a wonderful cause.

  • Feitel Family

    So proud of all that you do Ava-- XOXO

  • Jill Batler

    Good luck Ava!

  • Susan Garelick

    We hope you reach your goal!!!

  • Melissa Daniel Jack and Jolie Segal

    Good luck Ava! The Segals

  • Lois Kahan

    Good luck, Ava. Love you!! Cousin Lois

  • Kate, Josh & Ayla Traeger

    This is awesome, Ava! Good luck! Much Love from Kate, Josh and Ayla

  • Jill and Matt Burnett

    Good Job, Ava!

  • Becky & Scott Sherwood

    Thank you Ava for supporting and advocating for Leukemia and Lymphoma!! Love, The Sherwoods (Becky & Scott, Will and Nick)

  • Brooke and Chris Keaton

    We love that your doing this!!!! Good luck!! You should feel so proud of yourself.

  • Andrea and Howie Parnes

    Go Ava!! Happy to support this wonderful cause.

  • Morris Meshulam/Office360

    Office360 applauds the volunteers for such a great cause.

  • Brandon Behrstock

    Thank you for dedicating so much time and effort to such an excellent cause. - The Behrstocks

  • Leah Brumit

    Good luck, Ava! So proud of you for doing this. You are always thinking about others! ❤️

  • Winnie Goldblatt

    In honor of a super fundraiser for a wonderful cause.!!

  • Lauren R Blanco

    We are proud of you Ava!

  • Balanoff Family

    Ava, you are awesome! Good luck!

  • Lauryn Roberys

    Go Ava, Go!!

  • Cloran Family

    Nice job Ava!

  • Clair & Brian Jacobson

    Happy to support you Ava. Great job!

  • Vince Todd

    Good luck Ava. Thank you for committing to the fight against cancer. As a blood cancer survivor myself, I greatly appreciate what you are doing.

  • Scott and Michelle Himelstein

    Good luck Ava!

  • Abraham Family

    Great work!

  • Josh and Wendy Connell

    We are so proud of your hard work!!

  • Abigail Solomon

    Proud of you, Ava!

  • Shoshana Vernick

    Good luck! You are doing something special!

  • randy weiss

    best of luck with your wonderful initiative!

  • Robyne Schuchman

    Great endeavor

  • Susan Saxbe

    Ava, You go girl! What a great thing you’re doing by making a difference. We’re happy to support the cause. xo Suzy & Rocky

  • William Carlstedt

    from a friend for David Klapper good luck with your fund raising

  • Douglas Blacklidge

    Great work for a great cause. Good Luck.

  • Rachel Winer

    What a great cause you are supporting. Rachel Winer

  • Gloria Gutter

    I think it is very special what you are doing. Love Cousin Gloria

  • Gary Schahet

    From Phyllis & Gary Schahet

  • Mela and Drew Miroff

    Good luck Ava

  • Steve & Lainie Hurwitz

    Happy to help in the fight against cancer Ava. Good work!

  • Joanie Waldman

    I am so proud of you Ava. What a good cause!!

  • Christopher Day

    Go Ava! Impressed with your initiative and thoughtfulness!!!

  • Snider Family (Tonna, Duane, Téa, Zane, Drake)

    The Snider family is proud of you Ava!!

  • Kathy Renas

    In memory of Gail Gulinson

  • Norman Gurwitz

    Thanks to people like all of you who fight the fight

  • Mike

    Good luck Ava. What you are doing is awesome.

  • Jason and Buffe Challand

    Way to go Ava!

  • Lori Sullivan

    Good luck, Ava!!

  • Judy Cohen

    What a wonderful mission you are on! I know your family is so proud of you.....keep up the good work!!

  • Paula Goldberg

    Go Ava!

  • Tigon Dausman

    Good luck Ava!!

  • Emma Cohen

    So proud of you Watusi!!

  • Katinka Sweet

    Go Ava!

  • Katinka Sweet

    Go Ava!

  • Marty Brownstein

    I love you Ava

  • Jane Safrin

    Great job Ava!! HOpe all of this helps find a cure!!

  • Adam and Biana Sharp

    Mazel Tov on your success raising money for such a wonderful cause.

  • Amy Klooster

    Ava.. thank you for dedicating your time and talent to the LLS. You are making a difference in so many lives.

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