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Jan 11, 2020


Team Fly4aCure, 2020 Students of the Year Co-Candidates, Neelam Shah and Naggena Ohri


Dear Friends,


Today, almost everyone in the US knows someone who has been affected by blood cancer. On average, every 3 minutes someone unwillingly joins this arduous fight. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) sponsors a fundraising competition for high school students to make a difference and help those in need. We have the greatest honor and pleasure to be a part of this amazing “Maryland Students of the Year” fundraising campaign.

Touched by friends and family members who bravely battled blood cancers, we felt the need to give back to the organization that helped our loved ones during the most difficult time of their lives. We also realized that our rural community of Southern Maryland has been instrumental in shaping our futures and that of our entire family. Therefore, we wanted to develop a community event that would allow families to get together, enjoy good entertainment, and raise awareness and funds for a great cause.

In 2018, Samir and Saar Shah took part in this campaign and were named National Students of the Year. The cornerstone of their efforts was focused on creating the Fly4aCure Kite Festival, an opportunity for all Southern Maryland community members to come together to raise awareness of Blood Cancer and honor those who have bravely fought the battle. Despite cold and rainy weather conditions, we saw over 1200 participants gather to support their community. We even managed to capture Fox 5 DC News coverage of our event.  But most of all, we made many blood cancer patients happy, by renewing the faith that a cure is possible.

We would like to continue the tradition started last year but add our personal touch. As dancers, we would like to showcase young local talent found in Southern Maryland and host Rhythm 2020 on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Chopticon High School in Mechanicsville, Maryland. We hope that this event will allow families to get together, enjoy beautiful performances, and raise awareness and funds for a good cause.  Entertainment, music, food, and fun awaits.  Please check out our website at and help spread the word. Large or small, your support of this worthy effort will be greatly appreciated.  Sponsors will be recognized in our program, with banners and social media presence.

In 2020, we plan to run for the title of Maryland Student of the Year on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. LLS has nominated us as a candidate team in their “Students of the Year” fundraising campaign, and we have put together a team of individuals and friends from schools throughout Maryland. Our team aims to raise $200,000!  In order to do that, we need your help. We cannot begin collecting donations until January 17, 2020. However, there are many ways to support us in our efforts to cure blood cancers right now.  We are currently accepting pledges from caring, dedicated individuals like yourself in our community to help support our efforts.

On January 17, we will begin accepting donations for Team Fly4aCure. Please consider making a cash, check, or credit card donation during the campaign, January 17 to March 7, 2020. Please note: your donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you so much for any help you can give to Team Fly4aCure! If you have any questions, please contact us at (301-884-0278) or (  For more information about LLS and Student of the Year, please visit We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 22, 2020!


Neelam Shah and Naggena Ohri

Team Fly4aCure

2020 Students of the Year Co-Candidates


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  • Steve and Shirley Mattingly

    In loving memory of our son, Stephen D. Mattingly II

  • Syed and Roohi

    In the memory of all those who have suffered due to lymphoma and leukemia. Thank you Neelam and Naggena for providing an opportunity to contribute to this wonderful cause. God bless you - Syed and Roohi

  • Sejal Desai

    Congrats proud of all your hard work! Good luck at the event!


    Dear Neelam, We are proud of your leadership , devotion, passion, and dedication for supporting Cancer Research and LLS at young age,. We salute You and your talented friends for bringing timely awareness to community with this timely message. We wish you and your talented high school colleagues for well deserving success and international fame. You are born winner!. Neeta & Bindukumar Kansupada

  • Pranay, Bobbie & Prisha Gupta

    A great wishes to you Neelam in reaching your goals!!! Pranay Uncle, Bobbie Auntie, & Prisha

  • Anonymous

    Great work Neelam. Keep it up. Helping causes that help society and other humans is a very noble thing to do. Very proud of you. Lots of love.

  • Chetan Patil

    Thanks for fundraising for such a great cause. Best of luck!

  • Francisco and Mandi Kuidlan

    Thank you for including us in your efforts. Keep doing great things! Francisco and Mandi Kuidlan

  • Jack & Karin Bailey

    Sorry to miss this event!! Best of luck!! Jack & Karin Bailey

  • Mr. & Mrs. Abell

    Best of luck to Team Fly4aCure!

  • Lynn & David Lowe

    Good luck Team Fly4aCure!

  • Vipul, Prakruti, Keya, Tanay Shah

    Prayers for all those affected by this terrible disease. Hopefully, we can help find a cure very soon.

  • Jerry, Andrea, Jackson, and Nick

    We're so grateful for Amish's recovery, and amazed at what his children are doing for the LLS cause! What inspirations they are!

  • Hayes family

    Congratulations on a wonderful event, Neelam! All the best for the Hayes family

  • Ashok and Mina Shah

    Congratulations.... A truly worthy cause, wishing you the best in your endeavor.

  • Anonymous

    You have made a difference. Keep fighting the good fight.

  • Kundan Karkhanis

    Kudos to Neelam Shah and Nagina Ori for their commitment to supporting the fight against cancer. Thanks for inspiring so many to join in.

  • Dr. Steven and Amy Boyce

    So proud of all your efforts for such a worthy cause! Fabulous accomplishment! Bravo!!

  • Manina Singh

    Good job neelam for supporting this special cause.

  • Anonymous

    I admire your effort to fight cancer

  • Anish Nanavati

    Amazing commitment to finding a cure- hoping each and every day we get one step closer!

  • Namrata and Shital Patel

    Dear Neelam, Your dedication to making the world better is truly remarkable, but it is your talent which will ensure that you will succeed. We are so proud you support you.

  • Sudhakar Jonnalagadda

    Late loving father

  • Seetaramayya Nagula

    Great Job in raising funds for a superb cause

  • Jay Shah

    Like Dr. Shah said in his inspirational video, hopefully we can eradicate this disease for once and all!

  • Sumul N Raval

    Congratulations to Neelam Shah, Student of the year! Keep us all proud

  • Dr Ketki and Sharad Shah

    Best Wishes from Dr Ketki and Sharad Shah, Paramus, NJ

  • Deanna Snyder

    Best of luck for a successful campaign!

  • Sreeni & Madhavi Gangasani

    Congratulations Neelam! Sreeni & Madhavi Gangasani

  • Anish & Anu Shah

    We are so proud of your efforts and happy to support you enthusiastically. Love Arun, Arav, Anika, Anu & Anish

  • Anonymous

    Unfotunately, we can’t come to the show. Best wishes to everyone, and break a leg (metaphorically speaking). Lol

  • Siddharth Shah

    We’re so proud of you Neelam

  • Anonymous

    Keep fighting the good fight.

  • Mahesh Shah

    In honor of all the survivors ! Supporting Team Fly for a Cure !

  • Saad Haque

    A truly worthy cause, wishing you the best in your endeavor!

  • Barbara Pevey

    I appreciate you and am so glad you are my cardiologist!

  • Manish Shah

    Wonderful work Neelam! We are sorry we cannot make the show. Looking forward to seeing the video.

  • Gordon Norwood

    Keep fighting the good fight!

  • Rupal Shah

    Hi Neelam, my apologies for the delay. All the best to you :) Regards, Rupal, Parag, Apurva

  • Dr. & Mrs. Tiwarri

    Wishing you much success always!

  • Seema Patil

    To health, triumph, and a cure!

  • Ric & Robbie Stonesifer

    Your efforts are inspirational.

  • Vishal Jain, President , Global Healthcare Resource

    Best wishes for this wonderful initiative - Vishal Jain, President, Global Healthcare Resource LLC

  • Krishna Jayaraman

    The Jayaraman family is proud of our own children rising to such heights

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