Students of the Year Minneapolis

Saunder Strong

Welcome Blood Warriors!

Jan 07, 2019

Welcome to my page! Hi everyone, my name is Saunder Strong. I am an Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia survivor as of November 30th, 2018! I am super pumped to raise money for LLS with the help of my 17 team members.

It would be amazing to have the honor of being Student Of The Year and receive the prize, but that is not my motivation. I have a goal of raising $50k to name a Research Grant after Christian Larson, a friend of mine that passed away from cancer this past September. Please consider donating to this great cause and help me reach my goal!

Peace and God bless! 



Welcome to Saunder Strong's SOY Fundraising Page!

Dec 09, 2018

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



  • Harrison Gerth

    Thank you Saunder for fighting for us.

  • Anonymous

    You are my inspiration!!! Your future holds big things!! Love you all!

  • The Brown Family

    You are such an inspiration to me and my family, Saunder! Thank you for showing love and passion for this!

  • David Manley

    We want you to know that we admire your efforts to help others who suffer from Leukemia. David & Mary Manley

  • Bill and Cynde Joosten

    Thanks for what you are doing, Saunder! We are honored to support your efforts! You're amazing! Cynde and Bill Joosten

  • The Perusheks

    Saunder...Thank you for all you are doing for research, and brining your story forward

  • The Stark Family

    Saunder, keep up your courageous fight and inspiring leadership. As a young boy, I first became aware of Leukemia's cruelty when a close family friend lost his battle at age 14, and then again when a cousin lost her battle at age 15. Compassion, research, persistence and awareness will comfort and heal more and more.

  • The Advani Family

    Saunder - You have been an inspiration to us all through your grace - Stay Strong - The Advanis

  • Carol Kaufman and Dean Kaufman

    What you are doing is awesome!!! You are an inspiration to us and to many people you are not even aware of.

  • Leah Yam

    Tara has a pretty cool nephew and Isla has a pretty cool cousin from what I hear from them! And now I can see why! Good luck on meeting this challenge, you can do it!

  • Mike O'Rourke

    It was great to finally meet you and your family at the End of Treatment Party! It was a very inspirational event!

  • Michelle Severud

    Way to go!!!

  • The Margolis Family

    You are an inspiration to us and to everyone, Saunder. We are proud to know you and so honored to support you. Love, The Margolis Family

  • Gary & Joyce Brown

    You don’t know us Sonder but we are friends with your grandma and grandpa Jim and Nancy. Hopefully this donation will help cancer research for you and others like you going through tough time. God bless you for doing such an awesome thing. Gary and Joyce Brown in Lawrence Kansas

  • Henry Miner

    Hey Saunder! Congrats and good luck with your fundraiser! You're doing great work for others with this disease.

  • The Annalee Habstritt Family

    You are an inspiration! Thank you for your hard work in raising money for LLS!

  • Jane C Delworth

    What a wonderful gift to honor your friend this way. Thanks for being a role model, amazing human and strong fighter!

  • Patricia & James Cleary

    Saunders, you are an amazing young man! You have a wonderfully loving and supportive family that we have been blessed to know. We love that you are doing this to help fight this cancer. We pray for your continued good health and much success in this campaign. 💞 Trish & Jim Cleary

  • Kaylee Hansen Highstrom

    Wonderful family! Wonderful goal!

  • Scott and Michelle Schelp

    You and your family are positive, inspiring, and dedicated. We are truly in awe and thankful for your health. ????

  • Heather Holst

    We admire the way you have dealt with cancer and treatment Saunder. You are a role model for others. Love, The Holst Family

  • Bridget Duffy

    You are one amazing human being, Saunder Strong.

  • Josh &Mandy Browne

    We are so proud of you out here in KC!! You are such an inspiration to all of us of how “Strong” we should be! Many prayers sent your way to meeting your goal!!

  • Joel & Bambi Laing

    Way to go, Saunder! You are such an inspiration.

  • Sherrill Lemmermann

    What a generous and thoughtful person you are! So glad you have are on the other side of treatment. I worked with Christian's mom and that's how I heard of your fundraiser.

  • Christian's Family

    As Christian's mom, I am so honored to learn of what Saunder is working towards to help others and to name this grant after his friend. Christian would be so proud. We are happy to help and look forward to celebrating your victory!

  • Susan Erickson

    Way to go Saunder! I hope you make your goal!!

  • Lisa Hall

    You are the coolest, dude.

  • Jayne Dow Larkin

    Go Saunder! Go!

  • Jennifer Smith

    Blessings and Good Luck

  • Nadine Babu

    Great job, Saunder! Couldn’t make it today but wanted to donate.

  • Clement Finney

    From your friend Clement (with his parents' match).

  • Wisconsin River Garden Club

    We support your efforts and honored to help.

  • Kathy & Vic Kopacz

    You should be very proud of yourself and stay healthy!

  • Anonymous

    Saunder - Thank you for your courage. Tony Jones and Friends....

  • Jeff and Erin Moser

    We are proud and honored to support you, Saunder!! You are a light and inspiration to many.

  • Nafzger Family

    Great thing that you are doing! Good luck!

  • Anonymous

    God bless you and your family. Praying for continued remission and cure for you. My husband is currently in a 2 1/2 year battle with cancer. We live it everyday and GOD gives us the strength to get through. Fearless faith!!! We will be praying for the family of your friend who has passed. Our sincerest sympathy. You are a warrior!!!!!!!!!! Praise GOD for your continued recovery.

  • Tricia Loxtercamp

    I heard about your story through a co-worker where I work - The Bernard Group. You story is an inspiration to many and I love that you are dedicating this to your friend Christian. God Bless and keep on fighting! This is one of many things you will conquer and win! GO BLOOD WARRIORS!

  • Kelly and Derek Paton

    Way to go Saunder! We are here cheering you on throughout your journey!

  • Marc Jensen

    Go Saunder!

  • Maggie Bebler

    Go get em! All our love to you and your family, The Beblers

  • Carrie L. Schleis

    Awesome campaign! Giving is the best way to propel positive change.

  • Tonja Sahaydak

    So proud of you, Saunder! God will use all of your experiences in life, both the ups and the downs, for good.

  • Lund Family

    Keep fighting the fight, Saunder! The Lunds (Tara, David, Sylvia, Beckett, Whit)

  • Liz & Andy Goke

    What an amazing tribute to your friend. Wishing you continued good health and happiness.

  • Jennifer Willenbring

    Saunder and family, thank you for continuing the fight for better treatment options and ultimately a cure! With young family members suffering through the same thing right now, I can't say thank you enough! We admire your selflessness and strength.

  • Terry and Gary Flugaur

    Very happy to support a wonderful grandson of a very fantastic couple who supported us during a very trying time in our life. Thank you again and good luck in your campaign now and in the future. Terry and Gary Flugaur

  • Bravery Home Goods

    Money raised at the Bespoke Bath and Hair Tie Market on February 2nd

  • Jessica Dobson

    What an incredible way to honor your friend. You have a heart of gold and are destined for big things in this world!

  • Justin Ackert

    Always happy to support an important cause.

  • Anna Christensen

    Thanks for your hard work in making a change!

  • joe kozicki

    Best wishes, Saunder, we wish you continued health from here on to always.

  • Scott Lee (Apex Systems)

    Best of luck!

  • Molly & Hunter Simon

    You are doing amazing work and spreading inspiration!

  • Kate Rogers

    We’re inspired by you and your family, Saunder!

  • Betsy Funk

    Good luck!

  • Greta Koehler

    This donation is from the APEX charity event on 2/8. Saunder your focus and drive to raising money for this cause is so impressive. YOU INSPIRE ME!

  • The Lefebvre Family

    You are such an inspiration! We love your inspiration, love, fight and generosity.

  • Erica & Dave King

    Jessica! I missed giving you a check last night at Hot Notes. So impressed by Saunder, you have a cool kid!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for bringing this great cause to my attention, Jules! And Saunder is a true lift. Shine on! xo

  • Karen Feldner

    Your wonderful and thoughtful idea to raise funds in honor of a good friend (Christian) is an awesome tribute! I have kept up with the story of your continuous fight thru the years with your Gr'ma & Gr'pa Manley -- keep up the good work and good fight against this ugly disease!! God Bless you and your family, Saunder!! Good Luck on meeting your goal! God Bless!

  • Jim and Marge Hass

    We admire your strength and courage and generous spirit, Saunder! You are a true warrior! Jim and Marge Hass

  • Ryan and Nicole Danielsen

    Great work Saunder! You are truly an inspiration.

  • Gayle Malcolm

    you are such an inspiration and great role model! congrats!

  • Wendy Frantz

    Saunders, you inspire me! Ms Frantz

  • Stacy Paradis

    We are really proud of you Saunder! Keep up the great work! - Paradis Family

  • San Diego Love

    San Diego bath bomb sale!

  • Ann M Scott

    Loved seeing all the happy faces at the Lake Harriet fundraiser! Best of luck to you Saunders! You will make a great LSS Student of the Year!

  • Jim McDonald

    Thank you for your loving efforts in fighting this battle.

  • Jan LeClair

    In honor of Saunder Strong's aunt Erin, whose birthday is today, and who is a brave warrior in her own right!

  • Sara Lundquist

    Thank you,Saunder, for your fight and inspiration.

  • The Prindiville Family

    Great work Saunder!

  • The Roseblade Family

    You are an amazing force, and an inspiration to all. So admirable to do this in memory of your friend. Good luck in reaching your goal.

  • Connie Everett

    If I win the prize - you get to keep it, Saunder. Bless you for all of your hard work! Love you!

  • Jenifer Strong

    So proud of all you are and all that you’ve conquered!

  • Amy Clark

    In memory of and in honor of brave warriors everywhere.

  • Jim and Melissa

    You're a wonderful example to this world!

  • Moxie Event

    Cash from the Moxie Event

  • Anna Hillegass + Simone Dolinaj

    We felt so inspired by your story, Saunder. What a great big heart you have.

  • James Plasynski

    Saunder, Your strength, courage, determination and sense of purpose are incredible! You’ll accomplish anything you put your passion behind. Here’s to you, and conquering cancer! Jim, Cindy, and Calvin Plasynski

  • Heidi Hempel

    Saunder you are a FORCE!!!

  • Bill and Melissa Barkemeyer Barkemeyer

    Good luck and keep up the fight!

  • Kathleen Twistol

    I know you’ll slay this goal, the way you’ve clobbered cancer. Stay strong’re making a difference. Onward! 😎 Kathleen Healy Twistol and family

  • Anonymous

    Go Saunders! What a great job you are doing! We don’t know you but I’ve seen your link through a couple of different people, unrelated. You should be so proud!

  • Cyrus Vahhaji

    Saunder, you are an inspiration to all of us. Keep up a good fight in what ever you do in your journey.

  • The Bergs

    Way to be strong Saunder. The Bergs

  • Scott Willia

    Great work!

  • Anonymous

    Good Luck, Hope you get to $50,000.00

  • Colleen Olson

    Way to go!!!!

  • Sally and Greg Stelmacher

    Hopefully you will reach your goal Saunder. You are such an amazing warrior! So nice of you to do this in memory of your friend. We continue to pray for you. Hugs, Greg and Sally

  • Patsy and Joe Duffy

    So proud of you Saunders. Good luck in your fundraising. Love you. Patsy and Joe

  • Heidi Coleman & Jarrod Robbins

    So proud of your strength, healing and drive to improve others experiences... AND dedicating your heart and time to honor Christian. You are one exceptional human Sir Saunder. XO

  • Jane & Mike Boucher

    Saunder you are an inspiration to all! Love Jane and Mike Boucher

  • Reddy family

    Saunder and family, we are inspired by your strength and love. Best wishes, the Reddy Family.

  • The Duffy Family

    Thank you for modeling generosity, selflessness and strength by turning your big challenge into a hopeful promise for others. We are proud to support you.

  • The Kerfoot Family

    You are one impressive human, Saunder! Way to fight the good fight.

  • Anonymous

    Congrats and good luck from us at Latitude! YOU ARE SUCH ROCK STAR. - Amy, David, Stone, Sean & Robb

  • Anja Katrin Bielinsky

    Fantastic job, Saunder!

  • The Cantwell Family

    Keep being amazing. Admire everything about you, Saunder. Love, Thr Cantwell Family

  • Stephan Stephan

    Way to go Saunder - how powerful do you to use something so hard as a springboard for good!

  • Kim Witczak

    Go Saunder. You inspire so many in how you show up to the game of life- all of it!!

  • Matt Hayes

    What an Awesome story and Inspiration you are young man! So young and you have already lived such a worthy life by the way youve impacted those around you!

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