Students of the Year Indianapolis

Katelyn Wang | Katelyn Wang's Campaign Team

Together We Can Make Miracles

Jan 21, 2019

My Miracle

This year I have been given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help join the fight to find a cure for those living with blood cancers. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has nominated me as a candidate in their Student of the 2019 Year fundraising challenge. This fundraising campaign is an intense seven week initiative in which select high school students from around the country compete to raise money to benefit LLS.

Together, we can create miracles

This mission is very personal to me because I’ve received my miracle and want to help others receive theirs. When I was nine years old I was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a pain disorder that resulted in my inability to walk. After a year of chronic pain, crutches, and daily crying, the doctors admitted me to the hospital for a week and performed a continuous epidural to stop the pain which temporarily paralyzed me from the waist down but did not stop the pain. My pain worsened and the doctors feared that my syndrome was irreversible.

I asked them to amputate my leg

I told them that I didn’t want to live like this. Having no leg was better than having a leg that felt like this. I begged and begged. I am so glad that my mother never gave up on me.

Months later, we went to Rhode Island to try an experimental pain treatment. After 4 weeks, on April 27th, my mom’s birthday, I walked for the first time in two years.

I received my miracle, and I want to help others find their own miracle

During this time, my family and I hoped for a miracle, when I received mine, I got my life back. Every day, I wake up in the morning thankful for my miracle, but I know that every child and every family that’s fighting blood cancer is still waiting for their own miracle.

     We, as a community, must work together to give them their miracle

Although I don't have a personal connection to blood cancer, my world was flipped upside down twice, when cancer affected me. On July 6 2014, my life changed forever when my father had to explain that my grandfather had a tumor growing in his lung. After this, I thought cancer was done impacting my life, but on November 12, 2016 my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thanks to modern medicne, my grandparents lived. I get to see their smiles everyday, and I am so proud of their resilience in the face of cancer.


It is thanks to organizations like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society that my grandparents are still here, so please visit my website often to see updates and bring friends who would also like to donate!

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

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Show Comments (3)



  • Howard and Lisa Masuoka

    Katelyn, thank you for all the time and energy you are putting into this cause! Just awesome1

  • Rose Anne M Bozek

    Good luck in meeting and exceeding your goals!!

  • Sabrina Swinehart

    Love always ♥️

  • Elizabeth Giglio

    I know this money will be well spent to help families navigating Leukemia and Lymphoma. Good Luck Katelyn - I hope this helps you reach your goal!

  • Pamela Pitzer

    Peter, You daughter sounds amazing, and it’s lovely to hear the cheers of her supportive family. Katelyn, I wish you all the girl-power in the world!! You are going to do BIG things in life, I can tell. Congratulations on your perseverance in overcoming any obstacles and helping others. I wish you and your family all the very BEST!! Kind regards, Pamela Pitzer

  • Jim Miller

    Keep up the good work Katelyn!

  • Yuhua Hui/Huiyun Wang

    GO, Katelyn! Yu-hua Hui/Huiyun Wang

  • Peter and Carol CzajkowsiR

    We’re sure that your grandparents are justifiably proud of you and what you are doing !

  • Ron & Diane Worzala

    Our grandson endured 3 1/2 years of treatment for leukemia. He is doing great now. Very happy to donate to a great cause. Ron & Diane Worzala

  • Lori and Chuck Lencheck

    Your story is very inspiring. We wish you much success in achieving this goal and many more goals in the future. Chuck and Lori Lencheck

  • Terry & Jeri Eaton

    Proud to support you in such a worthy cause.Terry&Jeri Eaton

  • Bill & Sharyn Sutton

    The world needs more people like you - Bill & Sharyn Sutton

  • Gloria Lopez

    We need more people like you!! (Friend of Missy Bower)

  • Joseph Benitez

    Happy to help and support. We lost our Godson at the age of 6 to Leukemia

  • Laura Witucki

    Thank you for your work in raising money for LLS!

  • Elizabeth Finney

    Good luck, from all of the Finneys!

  • Kathy Bowers - Lealos

    Katelyn, very proud of you.

  • Vanessa Banda

    How wonderful for you to raise money for such a worthy cause! God Bless You!

  • Jamie Anderson

    Katelyn, we are so very proud of you! Keep up the great work!!

  • Robert Runkel

    Good luck and congratulations

  • Maritas Floyd

    Blessings to you Katelyn and your family. So sorry that you had to go through everything, but am so happy that you are doing well. I am a survivor of Hodgkins Lymphoma and I also know your parents; I met them through George Nae. Good luck in helping others find their miracle. Maritas Floyd

  • Tom Fato

    Hope this helps your Grandaughter and her cause. Tom Fato

  • The Rocchio Agency

    Best of Luck

  • Tim Coleman

    Best wishes Katelyn on your goal to raise funds for LLS. This is a very worthy cause.

  • Rob Lehman

    Katelyn, your personal story and dedication to helping others is inspiring! Keep up the great work!

  • John Bisacca

    Way to go Katelyn Wang, Kansas appreciaties your dedication and efforts in this fund raiser

  • Dina Kublick Florida


  • Dina Kublick Tennessee


  • Cheryl Rogers

    Thank you for all that you do.

  • Steve & Jen Oleksiw

    Good luck Katelyn! Thank you for sharing your story and for working hard in the pursuit of helping others struggling with cancer. Jen & Steve Oleksiw

  • Rita Simmons

    Donated from Tennessee

  • The Pellegrini Family

    Good luck Katelyn! We hope this helps you reach your goal. You are making a difference!

  • Cold Spring, Ky

    Cold Spring, Ky

  • Gary Vogel

    Best of luck

  • Trent Nishibun

    Hawaii supports you!

  • Gary Anderson

    from WV Keep up the great work aunt Becky

  • Paul Helman

    Happy to support your cause with a donation!

  • STEPHEN D'Amato

    Miracles happen! We just need to recognize them even when they appear in total darkness. Never Despair. Always have HOPE. Never Fear. HE is with all HIS Children. HE never abandons them.

  • Peter Coleman

    Okay, Katelyn. Now you have Wisconsin covered. Lisa Masuoka is my former colleague and friend. Good luck with your goal and thanks for the effort.

  • Drake's Beach House VRBO

    Congratulations Katelyn. Keep up the good work.

  • TL Barber

    Great cause! Bless you and your valiant efforts!

  • Kelly Family

    Great Job!

  • Greg Sinner

    In support of Katelyn Wang

  • marshall hill

    South Carolina

  • Michael J Clark

    Thank you from Wisconsin!

  • Kirstin Lenhart

    Good luck Kaytelyn!! Your are a true warrior!!

  • Denise Marcum

    Best Of Luck!!

  • Karen and Wayne

    My husband Wayne is a Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor, so I'm happy to donate in his honor.

  • Donna Tuites

    Wonderful way to help others, Katelyn. I heard of your competition through my niece, Jessica, who works with a friend of your Mom's, Julie Beck. I live I Delaware so I hope my donation helps you get all 50 states! Good luck, Donna

  • Bryce Williams

    Best of luck!

  • JoHanna Sestito

    Yay from Alaska!

  • Tom Bundy

    Finally, someone from Montana! Thank Liz Demby.

  • Neil Bleicken

    Hi, I'm supporting the efforts of the niece of my fellow Duke alum, Beth Giglio. I live in Exeter, New Hampshire and very much hope this helps. All best, Neil Bleicken

  • Anonymous

    Donation made from Missoula, Montana.

  • Amy Collins and Stella Duell

    Great job Katelyn!!! What an amazing thing you are doing. Amy Collins (and Stella Duell)

  • Susan Culbert

    Good job!

  • Philip and Pat Gibson


  • Ferguson Enterprises

    Ferguson is proud to be a part of a great cause!

  • Joel & Julie Markland

    Congratulations and good luck! You’re in the home stretch!

  • Diane Pickett

    Congratulations on this opportunity. I was moved by your story and the reasons you are doing this. But even moreso, I’m moved by what you have learned from it. You are never know how strong you can be until strength is your only choice. It’s a blessing and a curse. I’m had to support you. Good luck and tell your mom I said Hi!

  • RDI-IT

    RDI-IT -Chris Anderson

  • Praveen Garg

    Keep up the good work for noble cause.

  • David Beckman

    Wishing you the best!

  • Sue Peoni

    Best of luck, Katelyn!!

  • Kirstin

    Katelyn is an amazing person with an amazing future ahead! Great job Katelyn!

  • wayne hunter

    Thank you for all your hard work.

  • The Konrad Family

    Good Luck on meeting your goal!

  • David Hart


  • Russell Phillips

    I work with Julie Beck. I’m from Utah.

  • Chris & Stephanie Konkoy

    My Grandmother survived Lymphoma at 90 years young thanks to all the treatments available today. Appreciate your support, Katelyn!

  • Gary anderson

    Katelyn, You are so AWESOME! Love you, Aunt Becky & Uncle Gary.

  • Steve & Mari Williams

    Katelyn, good luck in reaching your fundraiser goal! I was glad to hear about your fundraiser through your grandpa.

  • Melissa Bowers

    Keep up the fight!

  • Earl Vogt

    Happy to support Katelyn. Earl & Martha Vogt

  • Mike Miles

    way to go! keep making difference!

  • Larry Benda

    Great cause. Let’s win this terrible disease


    You now have GEORGIA!!! Good luck!

  • Elisabeth Groot

    We are so grateful for the medical research that made it possible for my nephew Marcus Forst to be a lymphoma survivor!

  • Jessica Davis

    Happy to support such a wonderful cause. Thanks Julie Beck for telling me about this!!!

  • Carrie Holle

    Congratualtions, Katelyn!

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