Students of the Year Washington DC
Carly Westermann | NCA SOY Alumni Team
Dear Friends & Family,
As many of you may know, in 2014 I ran in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Students of the Year campaign in honor of my grandmother, Fe. Since this amazing experience I have continued to support LLS and am still very passionate about their mission of curing blood cancers! I am now part of the SOY Alumni Group to continue contributing to this mission and to help other high school students as they embark on this journey.
I am so happy to share that because of campaigns like Students of the Year, we are making remarkable progress in the fight to end cancer. In fact- From the start of 2017 until today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an incredible 37 blood cancer treatments–19 since January 2018 and three in the past couple of weeks alone. What’s more is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) helped advance 31 of those treatments at some point in their development journey. This progress is only possible because of supporters like YOU!
I am excited to announce that I have teamed up with past Students of the Year from all over the DMV to make even more of an impact on this mission! For the next 7 weeks, from now until March 2nd, I will be raising funds to support LLS and the mission of curing blood cancers! My goal is to personally raise $2,500 and I need your help!
Thank you for all of your support!
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 www.lls.org.