Students of the Year Washington DC

Grace Barnes | Team Juliana

Welcome to Grace Barnes' SOY Fundraising Page!

Jan 09, 2019

Welcome to my page! 

I am so excited to be participating in the 2019 Students of the Year campaign, 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 running for Student of the Year in honor of my best friend, Juliana Rae Clarkson, who was only 14 years old when she was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of leukemia: Mixed-phenotype acute leukemia (MPAL). Despite Juliana’s strength and positivity throughout her treatment, she lost her battle just two months later.

Leukemia is still the #1 cancer killer of people under the age of 20, but the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has raised $1.2 billion in research that has lead to groundbreaking treatements. Many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but those suffering from other cancers and serious diseases.

We really are changing the face of blood cancer!

Each dollar donated to this campaign 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. 

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!

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  • Lori and Grace Ann Brown

    We miss Juliana every day. Thanks for your work to remind us of all we can do to helps others.

  • Tim & Bev Siemers

    Very honored to be part of your team. Great effort. Best of luck.

  • Jim and Dotty Dake

    May your goal be fulfilled and may you be enriched by participating in this program that will help others. Thank you for letting us know of your efforts in memory of Juliana. Jim and Dotty Dake

  • Marcia Baldwin

    Grace - you are an amazing young woman, loyal friend and a force to be reckoned with. We are so proud of you, and happy to humbly contribute to your campaign. Thank you for being a positive presence in our world!

  • William Carpenter

    Best wishes, Grace.

  • The Russo Family

    Go Grace! The Russos

  • Hosty Family

    Go Grace! So very proud of you and the difference you are making in the lives of others! The Hostys

  • Craig, Elena & Jack Hughes

    Craig, Elena & Jack Hughes wish the best to Team Juliana!

  • Amy Brecount White

    Hi, Grace. Thank you for applying your many talents to this great cause and helping many children in the future!

  • Shireen Dodini

    Love that you are doing this Grace!

  • Chris and Ellis Butler

    Thanks for all of your hard work, Grace!

  • The Scarborough Family

    Grace, good luck with the campaign. As your dad well knows, it's really important to honor and remember friends we've lost, and you're keeping Juliana's spirit very much alive through this campaign. Love and best wishes from the Scarborough family.

  • Carson Barnes

    Grace I am giving you all my birthday and Christmas money because I know how much Juliana meant to you. It is so great that you're doing this. Your brother, Carson

  • Chris Flynn

    Grace: Happy to contribute to such a worthy cause and to acknowledge the good work that you are doing to help eradicate a terrible disease! The Flynns

  • Mike & Kristen Nelson

    Great initiative. The best you and Team Juliana. - Mike & Kristen

  • Kathie Bailey

    So proud of you and of Team Juliana. Thanks so much for working to help those with leukemia and lymphoma.

  • Beth Felty

    Grace, so proud of you for doing this campaign and so touched that you included me to help you in your efforts! See you in a few weeks when we are back in VA! Thanks and Blessings, Beth

  • Cheryl and Mike Moore

    Grace, You are doing a wonderful thing to honor your friend Juliana and also to help many other children and families whose lives have been touched by leukemia and lymphoma. It is only through the efforts of dedicated people like you that a cure will be found someday. Love, Cheryl and Mike Moore

  • Don K. Johnson

    Best of Luck Grace!

  • james assey

    Best of luck, Grace. A great cause and I wish you every success.

  • Pam and Stewart Rawson

    Grace, I am sorry for your loss, but thankful for your willingness and dedication to work for a cure!

  • Whitney Cobey

    So glad you are doing this, Grace! Kate rowed with Juliana and will always remember her kind and inspirational spirit. Thanks for honoring her.

  • Roy Beck

    We're proud of you, Grace. All of us who lost friends as children have a sense of your determination on this project. -- Roy & Shirley

  • Toby Davis

    Team Juliana - Candidate Grace Barnes. It is excellent that you are doing this. From Emmarose Price's mom.

  • Ashley Barnes

    This donation is sent with love to survivors and those who care for them--and with admiration for the courage they demonstrate every day.

  • Hannah Hanson

    Thank you for organizing and sharing your story.

  • The Maloney Family

    Grace, We admire your fundraising work on behalf of your friend! - Jim, Martha, Connor, and Molly Maloney

  • Debra Shapiro Gill

    Thank you for raising money. Let all of these beautiful acts of giving and caring make us feel hope to one day triumph over devastating illnesses like the one that took your friend.

  • John Heimlich

    Awesome that you're doing this!

  • The Bedell Family

    Keep up the excellent work Grace. There are so many who will benefit from the great work LLS does. The Bedells

  • Mary

    Grace, you are making a difference and honoring Juliana. Your efforts will help others to be spared from the loss you experienced. Thank you for taking this on. Mary Bell and Ron Battocchi

  • Joan Perkins

    With much love! Joan, Mia, and Ellie

  • James E. Gierach

    Congratulations Grace Barnes and Team Juliana.

  • Rudy Barnes

    I'm so proud of you, Grace -your hard work on this is truly making a difference!

  • Jim and Annie Haskel

    Great cause! We are happy to support.

  • Jennifer Sweeney

    Bedt of luck, Grace!

  • Anonymous

    Good luck, Grace and Team Juliana! We are happy to contribute to such a wonderful cause and support your efforts. The Joss Family

  • Susan, Blair, Jack and Lily Vietmeyer

    Grace, so sorry you lost your friend. Best of luck with Team Juliana! The Vietmeyers

  • Tracie Barnes

    For Grace Barnes and Team Juliana

  • Theresa Severin

    You are going to set the world on fire one day! I'm so proud of you!

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