Students of the Year Washington DC

Ellen Montgomery | Team Gators Beat Blood Cancer

Welcome to Ellen Montgomery's SOY Fundraising Page!

Jan 18, 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, 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, diseases which have deeply affected my life.

Stone Ridge stated this effort to show its support and love for Meaghan Kilner, a Stone Ridge senior who is a two time lymphoma survivor. Personally, I joined this campaign to honor the memory of my maternal grandmother, Irene Hill, who lost her battle with lymphoma last Christmas Eve. She fought this awful disease three times over 30 years. She inspired me to get involved in LLS’s mission. 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(s) 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




  • Anonymous

    Go Gators Beat Blood Cancer!

  • Robert Wenger

    Go Ellen!!!

  • Bob Buchanan

    We are happy to support Ellen Montgomery in such an important cause. Sharon and Bob Buchanan

  • Jim Hill

    Thank you for doing this Ellen. Means a lot to us for both my Mom/your Grandma and your cousin Elizabeth. And separately, keep rolling with the shutouts!

  • Lynn and Jay Girotto

    Great cause to honor your friend and grandma!

  • Kathy Gore

    Ellen - I'm proud of you for working to make a difference for others. I know Mimi is smiling down on you!!

  • Maria Doyle

    Ellen - we are grateful to have met your Grand Mother. It is wonderful you are doing this in her memory. The Doyle Family

  • Marchal & John Meenan

    We know your Grandmother is very proud of you. What a lovely way to honor her memory

  • Lisa Sanders

    Ellen,wishing you lots of success with this important campaign.

  • Mary MacDonald

    A special friend

  • Margaret Miceli

    In memory of Viv Zaratsian. Love, the Miceli Family

  • Erin Walsh

    Good luck with your fundraising Ellen!

  • Bagley

    Ellen, Your passion and action are inspiring!

  • John and Courtney Hewson

    Well done and good luck Ellen!

  • The Mensforths

    Go Ellen, glad to assist you on your very worthy life saving goal! The Mensforth's

  • The Cox Family

    Thank you for your dedication to this important cause and congratulations on your success thus far!

  • The Dohertys

    Great job, Ellen!

  • Julie Wendt

    Thank you for your informative emails and your dedication to this important cause. Great job Ellen!

  • Stephan Beauchesne

    Best of luck in your fundraising efforts!

  • Bill Barnes

    Great work Ellen. Cousin Bill Barnes in STL.

  • Carol Seitz

    Good luck on reaching your goals Ellen and team!

  • Porter Montgomery

    Great work, Ellen!

  • Pommer Family

    Good luck Ellen!

  • The Kenary Family

    Way to go Ellen. Good luck and thank you for all you are doing for a great cause. The Kenarys

  • Marilyn Montgomery

    In memory of Ellen's grandmother Irene Hill

  • The Mowry Family

    Go Gators!

  • Elizabeth Saunders

    Go Gators!

  • James Hill

    Irene's first diagnosis of non-Hodgkins lymphoma was in 1985 at the age of 45. A beautiful young lady with three awesome children. The treatment was state-of-the-art for that time frame. It was very aggressive and debilitating, but it put her cancer in remission for 20 years. Enough time to see the children graduate, get married and have nine wonderful grandchildren. The first recurrence in 2004 was treated with a new biological drug and was again put into remission for another 14 years. The remarkable progress in blood cancer research allowed us to have Irene in our lives for an additional 34 years. Such a wonderful gift! Granddaughter Elizabeth is going full steam ahead after her treatment for childhood leukemia. With the progress that is being made, I feel certain that cures will be developed for many of the blood cancers in the near future. The research needs to be continued and I am so proud of you, your team and your school for your hard work in supporting that effort.

  • Kristin Solheim

    Way to go, Ellen. Your compassion for helping others is very impressive.

  • Linda Barnes

    From Nevada

  • The Stroud Family

    Let's go Ellen!!

  • Linda, Hunter, Kat and John Montgomery

    Ellen, We are so impressed by the Gator Beats Blood Cancer Team and inspired by all of you. Keep up the amazing work!!

  • Amelie Porter Stroh

    Hoping to find a cure for Leukemia & Lymphoma soon!

  • Kelley Wynne

    Proud of you, Ellen Irene!!

  • The Lobato Family

    So proud of Ellen Montgomery and her efforts to help others and honor her grandmother - another fierce woman!

  • Bonnie Washington

    Corey White was gatored

  • Victor Hwang

    Great job Ellen.

  • Thomas Hogan

    Great work Ellen, the Hogan Family

  • David Ganz

    Good work Ellen Montgomery!

  • The Alvin Family

    I hope I'm not too late. Happy to donate in memory ofyour Lovely grandmother.

  • Tricia & Tad Davies

    Good Luck Ellen!

  • Svetlana Rabey

    Great Work Ellen!!!

  • Anna Moore

    Thank you for all you are doing for LLS! Congratulations on a successful fundraiser...Go Ellen!!

  • Cathryn S Adderton and family

    In memory of an amazing, strong and beautiful friend. Irene was a dedicated and loving teacher and a beloved mother, wife, grandmother and friend to so many. She will be dearly missed.

  • Lisa Dombro

    Good luck Ellen! I remember your grandmother very fondly.

  • The Graham Family

    Ellen, good luck with the fundraising. The Graham Family

  • Karen Holt

    In memory of my dear sister, Irene Hill.

  • Neil Barry

    Good luck Ellen!

  • Cathleen Shannon

    Ellen, Great work in raising money to beat blood cancers-Go Gators! My heart breaks for you and your family with the loss of your sweet grandmother. Wishing you continued success and miss your smiling face and your family on Milboro Drive! Hugs to all. Cathleen Shannon

  • Helen Skoff

    A very rewarding and satisfying way to remember a lovely woman and dear friend, Irene Hill. Helen and Rich Skoff4100

  • Barb and Dick Barber

    So very happy you’re doing this Ellen - missing your wonderful Irene! Barb and Dick Barber

  • Lindsey Kaiser

    Good Luck Ellen!!

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