Students of the Year Baltimore
Olivia Hatcher | Team Harry's Hope
Why We Need Your Help
My name is Olivia Hatcher. I am sixteen years old and a sophomore at Mercy High School in Baltimore. My grandfather, Harry LeBrun (who we call "Papa"), is one of the strongest people I've ever met. He worked hard all his life to create a good life for our family, who I know he loves more than anything. But, nearly 2 years ago, Papa was diagnosed with stage IV non-hodgkin's lymphoma. Ever since he's been doing all he can to fight for his life so he can be here to see me and my brother Simon grow up, and finally get to enjoy the retirement he deserves with my grandmother. I decided to join the Students of the Year campaign to help raise funds and awareness for blood cancers because I really want him to be able to do that.
Though I believe Papa can overcome any obstacle, I also know that cancer is a different kind of challenge that affects millions of people of every age every year. Approximately every three minutes, someone in the US is diagnosed with a blood cancer, and every nine minutes, someone in the US dies of a blood cancer. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society wants to change these numbers.
As a candidate for the Students of the Year Campaign I am working to raise money for LLS that will go towards the research into treatments and cures for the hundreds of thousands of people battling blood cancer. Our goal for our 7-week fundraising period beginning January 19th and ending on March 9th is an incredible $25,000. However, we cannot reach our goal without people like you!
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 my grandfather, and the thousands more suffering from 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 by sharing the link!
On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support!
For more information about LLS, please visit www.lls.org.