Students of the Year Washington DC
Evangeline Rowan | Team Gators Beat Blood Cancer
Welcome family and friends! Thanks for visiting my page.
I am honored to participate 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 take part 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 a part of a team of eleven girls from Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Maryland. Our team includes sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and we support each other in raising funds for LLS! At the end of our seven week initiative, the member of the team that raises the most money will be named a Student of the Year. Each dollar is a vote! The important thing is that we are all working hard to benefit LLS. 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.
Being a part of the LLS Student of the Year campaign means so much to me because, like most families, mine has been impacted by cancer. Members of my family have fought many different types of cancer, including skin cancer and breast cancer. And, we have also benefitted from the incredible advances in cancer treatment. In fact, about forty-five years ago, my great grandmother was diagnosed with myeloid leukemia. At the time, there was a zero percent cure rate for her illness. She received experimental treatment at NIH, went into remission and lived another twenty years. I want everyone who suffers from cancer to have the opportunity for successful treatment that she had. With your help, we can raise money that will lead to more and better cancer treatments, so that cancer patients can heal and thrive.
Many of the treatments developed through LLS support result in advances in the treatment of many other types of cancer. So, by donating to find cures to blood cancer, you will be helping ALL cancer fighters. I hope you will make a donation for this great cause.
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 us in supporting our campaign and LLS by making a donation to our fundraising campaign. Thanks to your support, our 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 our fundraising webpage often and pass along the link to family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc. who might donate! We recognize that we need lots of support to reach our fundraising goal!
On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere we thank you for your support!
For more information about LLS, please visit www.lls.org