Mid-America Students of the Year Kansas City
BBQ Bash for LLS Bucks
Saturday, March 3rd
Join us to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!
$10 per person
An open house format packed with food, fun, family, and friends! Stop in for a quick bite or make it an evening!
The Hampton Courts Clubhouse
Overland Park, KS 66213
RSVP at https://evite.me/7BDFvUxTRW
I beat Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2017! With your help I want to make this a possibility for the approximate 1,500 residents in Kansas and 3,300 residents in Missouri who will be diagnosed with a blood cancer in 2018.
In April of 2017 while getting ready for bed, I discovered a lump on the left side of my neck. The next day I thought it would be a routine visit to the doctor and a simple antibiotic. It wasn’t! This began a series of events that changed the course of my life. To my shock I was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma! My family was devastated, and I was in disbelief. I felt perfectly fine, so how could I be so sick?
I spent the days that followed at Children’s Mercy Hospital in downtown Kansas City. An entire team of specialists, including my amazing oncologist, Dr. Jaszianne Tolbert, surrounded me with caring support. She devised an expert plan of attack. While the diagnosis sounded hopeless, Dr. Tolbert assured me that Hodgkin’s Lymphoma can be beat and is in fact one of the easier blood cancers to combat. Due to the many years of research, largely funded by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, this type of cancer now has a 90% cure rate, and is improving every day!
Among the many wonderful friends and family that visited the first week, I also got a visit from the Children's Mercy therapy dog, Hunter!
On August 16th after 5 long rounds of treatment, it was finally over. Pictured below, at my 3 month check-up in December, is Dr. Tolbert and me and some of the incredible staff at the Hematology/Oncology Clinic at Children’s Mercy Hospital. While my check-ups will continue for 2 years, my prognosis is good, and I feel truly blessed.
Beginning January 21, 2018 I will be participating in a 7-week campaign to raise money and awareness for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and its mission to cure blood cancers.
Nominated by my oncologist, Dr. Tolbert, I am honored to be among 16 Kansas City area students and 400 nationwide students competing to raise funds for this outstanding cause. My goal is to recognize the gift LLS research gave me by shooting for the moon and aiming for the title of 2018 LLS Student of the Year!
Between now and March 10th I plan to hold several events. While I hope to see you at one of these events, if you can’t make it in person, please feel free to donate here. Share my message and fundraising link with your contacts via email or social media.
Help me secure a corporate sponsorship (Sponsorships start at $1000 and sponsors receive Gala benefits).
Not only is this campaign a great way to support LLS and their life-saving work, but it’s a great leadership opportunity. Students will receive scholarships based on fundraising and awareness efforts. In addition, if I come out on top among my 16 local peers, my school’s science program at Blue Valley North High School will receive a $2,500 grant!
Thank you for your generosity and support. Your donation can truly make a difference, and with your help, LLS can take another step closer to a cure for blood cancers.
Stay tuned to this website for opportunities to get involved through an event!
First week in the hospital after diagnosis and starting treatments.The Blue Valley North HS football team showed their support with a team flag and signed football!!!
Feeling good about being home and the support of students from Blue Valley North High School.
Oh the joy of the Infusions!
Nearing the end of my treatment I had the honor of being the KC Chiefs Coin Toss Captain.
Mid-field for the home opener coin toss against the Philladeliphia Eagles!
On the sidelines supporting my football team, The Blue Valley North Mustangs!!!
The BVN Mustangs and coach Andy Sims supported me from day one!!!
Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign. Thanks to your support, my efforts, will help fund the therapies and treatments and help save lives today.
LLS's continued advancements over the years, are responsible for the blood cancer survival rate doubling and tripling; in some cases, the survival rate has even quadrupled.
And many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers. They're even being tested in clinical trials for patients with a range of cancers including lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. LLS funded drugs are now being tested for patients with other non-cancerous diseases like Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis.
We really are changing the face of blood cancer!
All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. They'll not only support LLS research but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.
Please visit my Web site often and bring friends who would also like to donate!
On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere I thank you for your support!
For more information about LLS, please visit lls.org