Students of the Year Washington DC

Emma Dowd | Team Gators Beat Blood Cancer

Welcome to Emma Dowd's SOY Fundraising Page!

Jan 17, 2020

This is a picture of my grandfather who I unfortunately never had the chance to meet. He died in 1992 from Chronic Chroniclymphocytic Leukemia. So other family's don't have to suffer a loss like this, I am raising money for LLS.


Welcome to Emma Dowd's SOY Fundraising Page!

Jan 17, 2020

Welcome To My Fundraising Page!

I am honored to be participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2020 Students of the Year (SOY) campaign. I am a sophomore and a team member of the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart team, Gators Beat Blood Cancer. The campaign is a seven-week initiative in which high school students from around the country are nominated to participate in a fundraising competition to benefit LLS’s mission: to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

I am raising funds in memory of my grandfather, Donald Dougherty who passed away from Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) before I had the chance to meet him. My friend , Meaghan Kilner is a senior at Stone Ridge and is truely inspiring. Three years ago, she was diagnosed with Stage 2A Hodgkins Lymphoma and bravely found through her relapse 10 months later. LLS provided support and resources to Meaghan and her family. Last year, she was the Honored Hero of the year and is currently in remission. I know many others affected by blood cancer which is wny I am passionate about this great cause. Please help me raise awareness and money to put an end to the devestating effects blood cancer has on so many.

Each dollar is a vote and the team that raises the most money at the end of the seven weeks is named Students of the Year. As a team, 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.

We are changing the face of blood cancer! Will you join us?!

Because of campaigns like Students of the Year, LLS has seen tremendous success discovering new and more effective treatments for blood cancer patients and has created a new exciting initiative focusing on treatments for pediatric patients.

  • LLS funded 43 of the 49 FDA approved treatments for blood cancer patients since 2017
  • Since 2000, more than 40% of the new cancer therapies approved by the FDA started as blood cancer research
  • In 2019, LLS established The LLS Children’s Initiative, a comprehensive $50 MILLION multi-year endeavor, to help children with cancer through every facet of LLS’s mission:
    • More than doubling our investment in pediatric cancer research grants
    • Expanding education and support service for children and their families
    • Advocating for and driving policies to accelerate the development of new treatments and break down barriers to care
    • Launching LLS PedAL (Pediatric Acute Leukemia), a groundbreaking global precision medicine clinical trial in acute pediatric leukemia

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.

Please join me in supporting my campaign and 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.

All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. With your donation, you’re not only support LLS research but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well. Together WE CAN FIND A CURE!

Please visit my fundraising webpage often and pass along the link to family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc. who might donate!  I recognize I need lots of support to reach my fundraising goal!

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere I thank you for your support!

For more information about LLS, please visit




  • Lynn Fritz

    Happy to support this great cause! Emma, I really appreciated your impactful letter.

  • Linda Finney

    Beautiful letter Emma. Your Grandfather was a wonderful man.

  • Elaine Vining

    Thanks Emma!! Your grandfather would be so proud of you! And the Gators Team is doing great work to honor Meaghan’s journey and success. Congrats! Elaine Vining

  • Lela Dougherty

    My uncle was amazing and so is the family he raised. Emma, you are continuing in this tradition and we are so proud of you!

  • The Kilner Family

    Emma, It is so awesome that you are participating this year in the SOY Campaign for Gators Beat Blood Cancer in memory of your grandfather Don Dougherty, and for all those who are fighting blood cancers. We are so proud of you. Best of luck. Love, The Kilner Family

  • Stephanie Ziccardi

    Your grand pop was the sweetest man! What a lovely thing to do in his memory!

  • Patricia Orfini

    Important cause, wonderful family, special young woman:-).Way to go, Emma!

  • Stacy and Floyd Adagio

    Such a great cause, Emma! Thank you for doing this!

  • Linda Herman

    Way to go, Emma!!

  • Karen & Jeff Miller

    Every effort counts! Thank you Emma and fellow Gators for your funding efforts to Beat Blood Cancer!

  • Mary Slimp

    Dear Emma, Thank you for being part of this important effort and keep up the fight! Mary Slimp

  • Debra Dunbar

    #BeatBloodCancers #GoEmma

  • Sherri Button

    Emma, we are glad to support your efforts in memory of your Grandfather. All our best, Sherri and Rich Button

  • Susan

    Emma, Happy to donate to this great cause. Your grandpa would be proud. Susan and Pete Deevers

  • Nancy Harvey

    Emma, I'm sorry you never got to meet your grandfather. He was a great guy and would have been so proud of you. Thank you for honoring him in this very special way.

  • The Biskaduros Family

    Go Emma!

  • Moira

    Thank you Emma for fighting for this important cause! I know your efforts will make a great impact on finding additional treatments for this awful disease. Great work to you and your team! Love you!

  • Deborah Vazirani

    All the very best Emma. Continue with the wonderful work you are doing to raise money and awareness for blood cancers.

  • Sharon Padezanin

    I know your grandfather Don is so proud of your efforts and dedication to this important cause, Emma. We're all proud of you and wish you tremendous success. Eradicating blood cancers will only be realized with more research, and we are grateful to LLS for leading the way. Good luck!!!

  • Rich Thomson

    Great work Emma! A great cause to support. Best of luck.

  • Peter Harker

    Nice work, Emma, on a very worthy cause!

  • IntelliVen

    Good luck with your campaign!

  • Dave & Nancy Dickerson

    Emma - Best of luck in reaching your goal for such a worthy cause. You are making a difference!

  • Warren Hayden

    Great job Emma! You are making a difference in the world.

  • Lynne & Scott Forsythe

    Thanks Emma, for all of your hard work raising awareness and money for LLS

  • Alexa Goulding

    Happy to help - best of luck Emma!!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for your enthusiastic support for a good cause. Good luck!

  • The Knapp Family

    Emma - Congratulations on your efforts. Such a worthy cause! Good luck, The Knapp Family

  • Aaron Hayes

    Very worthy cause, good luck raising the funds & well done taking action Emma!

  • Steve Dougherty

    Emma, I am happy to donate to this great cause; keep up the great work. Your grandfather would be so proud of the person you have become. Uncle Steve

  • Pamela Morrison

    Emma, thank you for being a warrior for a cure for LLS and all cancers. We love you! ??

  • Bryan & Devin Martinez

    Beautiful letter, Emma. Great job on taking action!

  • Shaelyn Dowd

    Keep up the good work! One step closer to finding a cure! #beatcancer

  • Kim Perry

    Thank you for your fundraising efforts, Emma! LLS is a fantastic organization that I had the pleasure of working for several years ago after my brother-in-law passed away from Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2008. Keep up the great work!

  • Kimberly Notarianni

    Way to go Emma! Go forth and set the world on fire with all of your great energy and efforts!

  • Helene Guarino

    Go Gators! What a wonderful cause, Emma. Your grandfather would be very proud of we all are of your tenacity and dedication.

  • Karen H Gourdie

    Go Emma!! We are happy to support your fundraising efforts for this very worthwhile cause. I knew your grandfather well (like a "second father" while I was growing up). He was a great man and he would be super proud of you for stepping up and leading this charge! Wishing you success in meeting your goal, Karen and Bill Gourdie

  • Sherri Davis

    These cancers have affected many lives and families. Thank you for your fundraising efforts, and best of luck with your campaign!

  • Jen and Frank Daniels

    Emma - keep up the great work to create awareness and provide financial support for research to cure blood cancers.

  • DeirdreTodd Hardiman

    We're really happy to support this great fundraising effort, Emma! Thanks for asking us and for organizing this. Good luck.

  • Ryan Dowd

    Make sure it’s matched! Love ya Em. Great work!

  • Phil Sweeney

    Emma, Great leadership, passion and teamwork in raising money to find a cure for blood cancer. Thanks for making a difference for this important cause. Phil

  • Anonymous

    Don Dougherty

  • Bon Idziak

    Wishing you all the best with your campaign!

  • Anonymous

    Good work Emma!

  • Dave and Mary Dickson

    We are happy to donate to this worthy cause. Best of luck to you!

  • Suzanne and Jim Healy

    Good work Emma and good luck! My Dad passed away from this disease and you and your team are doing great work to raise money for a great cause. Suzanne and I are happy to help.

  • Marc Reardon

    Great cause! Much love.

  • Connie Suoo

    Thank you Emma, for your moving letter and wonderful efforts to raise awareness. I am happy to support such an important cause. Your campaign is inspiring!

  • Anonymous

    Good luck, Emma!

  • Sharon Parbs

    Good luck Emma! Thank you for fundraising for such a great cause. We are happy you are taking on this challenge in memory of your grandfather. The Parbs Family

  • Anonymous

    I’m Kathy and live in Alabama. I hope you reach your goals. Good luck!

  • The DeMarco Family

    A wonderful cause Emma! Donating in memory of my Dad who had AML. Good luck and God Bless You!

  • Linda Finney

    Great job Emma! Keep it going.

  • Bill Dyer

    Big thumbs up for what you're doing!! Bill

  • Joy Dorsey

    Good luck, Emma. This is a wonderful undertaking you are making.

  • Patricia McGee GV '20 & family

    Gift from the McGee family (Patricia GV '20)

  • Jean Schlesinger

    Fantastic work! Glad to support your effort.

  • The Webb Family

    Our family learned of your campaign through your letter to the GDA. We lost our son, Reilly Webb, (Nora's older brother) to T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 2017. He was 17. March 3 marks the third anniversary of his diagnosis, when our lives were changed forever. Thank you for raising money for LLS - they do important work.

  • Denise Aitchison

    I am inspired by those who have fought these diseases and showed us their humanity and strength.

  • Rosanna Cameron

    Great job Emma on such a worthwhile cause.

  • Ryan Dowd

    So proud of you Emma! Keep up the good work!

  • Elizabeth Krew

    Best of luck Emma! The Krew Family

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