Students of the Year Baltimore
Mackenzie McCarter | Team Rebels for a Cure
Hello all! Kickoff is finally here. We are beginning the journey to raise vital funding for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, an organization that means so much to me and my family. Last night I attended the SOY Kickoff Party at Skyzone. It took me four tries because I apparently have no upper body strength, but I did it! I conquered the wall. Just like last night, I will not stop trying until we raise $50,000 for diagnosed patients who are counting on us.
Wow! I took the photo on the left today and the photo on the right was taken almost ten years ago! It's amazing how things have changed- for the better. I am incredibly thankful for the friends, family, and doctors who have gotten me to where I am today. We are only eleven days away from campaign kickoff, so what do you say? Let's make transformations like mine more possible! Hoping everyone has had a fabulous beginning to the new year. - M
I was sick for a long time! I spent most of my childhood getting chemo and fighting leukemia. I now believe that this prepared me to be a grateful and giving person who appreciates good health and is willing to go the extra mile to try to help others on a similar journey. I also want to help LLS fund research so future children don't have to endure what I did for as long as I did. Will you help me?
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 who is currently battling or is in remission from a blood cancer. Each dollar is a vote. The candidate team that raises the most money at the end of the seven weeks is named Student(s) 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 www.lls.org.