Student Visionaries of the Year Charlotte

Team Checkmate Cancer | Team Checkmate Cancer

Devin Bell, Maddie Rizzo, & James Ter Poorten

Jan 26, 2024


Team Checkmate Cancer co-led by

Maddie Rizzo

Devin Bell

James Ter Poorten


This year, we are proud to be a part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Student Visionaries of the Year Campaign, working to raise as much as possible for cancer research. The heart of our mission is funding the relentless pursuit of groundbreaking discoveries and innovative treatments to combat leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma. We have all seen the effects that blood cancer has on a community, and we are determined to better the lives of patients like Charlie.

Each year the Student Visionaries of the Year campaign selects an Honored Hero to dedicate their campaign to. Our Charlotte Honored Hero is Charlie Ward - Charlie is 4 years old and is currently battling cancer for the FOURTH time. We dedicate our campaign to Charlie and his continued fight with LLS in their ongoing battle against blood cancers. 


As a global leader in the fight against blood cancer, LLS:

  • Funds cutting-edge research leading to breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine that are improving and saving the lives of patients

  • Provides free education and support for blood cancer patients and families, including personalized, one-on-one support, assistance with identifying and enrolling in clinical trials, and more.

  • Mobilizes thousands of advocates to drive policy changes that accelerate the development of new cancer treatments and break down barriers to care.


As we navigate the intricate landscape of scientific progress, your support and engagement become crucial pillars in driving forward our mission. Join us in fostering hope and contributing to the ever-evolving realm of research that holds the promise of a brighter tomorrow for those impacted by blood cancers. Together, let's fuel the momentum toward a future free of these devastating diseases.


Please consider joining this fight by making a donation. All donations are greatly appreciated and tax-deductible. Please visit my website often and tell friends who would also like to donate!


Thanks to your support, my efforts will help ensure this generation is the last to see cancer.

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you!

Maddie Rizzo, James Ter Poorten, and Devin Bell


For more information about LLS, please visit




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    Luke Miller

  • Jiadira Choque Fernandez

    Thank you!

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    Seeds of hope

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  • Jessica Bell

    I lost our bet, so here you go!

  • Whitney Feld

    Charlie Ward

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    Seeds of hope

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    Seeds of hope

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    Seeds of hope

  • Brian Hinkle

    Great work on supporting a fantastic cause!

  • Anonymous

    🌺 flowers

  • Marvin Chiddick

    Supporting Natalie Fu @ Providence Day School. Team Trophy Husbands

  • Dynasty Basketball

    Dynasty Basketball and David Fu’s army support PDS in checkmating cancer!

  • David Fu

    This is tied to the registration of a group bay at the Feb 25th LLS Top Golf Event. We have 12 of my friends joining this great event to support Team Checkmate Cancer in honor of my brother, Arthur Fu.

  • Michael Enos

    Way to go Team Checkmate! Your dedication and work throughout this campaign will continue to impact countless patients and families for many years to come.

  • Cristina Moore

    Good luck Natalie Fu on your fund raising efforts!!!

  • Stephanie Mason

    Supporting team PDS in honor of my grandmother.

  • Nicole Holczman

    Go Team!!!

  • Edward Patterson

    Go team checkmate cancer

  • Scott and Brenda Laurenti

    Thank you Team Checkmate Cancer

  • Janson Trieu

    Top Golf

  • Alexandra Elliott

    Lake basket

  • carmel zywicki

    Congratulations for all your hard work raising money for such a worthy cause.

  • Tiara Henderson

    Top Golf for Blair Henderson

  • Victoria Zywicki

    Top golf 😊

  • Jessica Bell

    Top Golf

  • Kelly Floyd

    Large candle, 2 seed bags

  • Josh Knichel & Emily Kingsley

    Cheers to You

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    King Canary Music and Art Event !

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