Students of the Year Washington DC

Natalie Peoples | Team Gators Beat Blood Cancer

Welcome to Natalie Peoples' SOY Fundraising Page!

Jan 18, 2020


Dear Friends & Family,

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 again this year as a candidate. Molly Murphy and I were selected as candidates to lead 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.

Many of you may know someone affected by blood cancer. My classmate at Stone Ridge, Meaghan Kilner, was the Honored Hero of the Year for LLS last year and is now in remission, my good friend's father was treated successfully for Acute Myeloid Leukemia and is a bone marrow transplant recipient, and my childhood friend, Madeline, suffered from leukemia and is now in remission. This is why I am very passionate about this important cause. I want to help put an end to blood cancers and their devastating effects by raising awareness and money that can go towards research and support.

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 are not only supporting LLS research but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well. Together WE CAN FIND A CURE!

Please feel free to pass along my fundraising webpage link to family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc. who might donate! In order to reach my fundraising goal, I'll need your help!

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


Meet the Gators Beat Blood Cancer Team:

      Natalie Peoples -

      Molly Murphy -

      Jules Ciatto -

      Emma Dowd -

      Abby MacCartee -

      Cate Madden -

      Ellen Montgomery -

      Clare Nickerson -

      Evie Rowan -

      Sophia Trone -

      Caroline Zaudtke -


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  • Linda Peoples

    Go Gators! Good luck Natalie and the Gators Beat Blood Cancer Team, so proud of you!

  • Whalen Family

    Thank you for your work and leadership to benefit LLS’s mission!

  • Ben Escoto

    This is great! Thanks so much

  • The Beilke Family

    Thank you for supporting such a great cause!

  • Leigh & Michael Nance

    Thank you for helping others!

  • The Prame Family

    Good luck Natalie!

  • Paul Murray family

    Good Luck in this fundraising.

  • Gretchen Alexander

    Thanks Natalie!

  • Anonymous

    Good luck to you and your team! Way to get the word out!

  • McBride family

    Your efforts are applauded and appreciated.

  • The Jordan Family

    Good luck Natalie! Go Gators!

  • The Matheson Family

    Good Luck Natalie! Andrew Matheson

  • Kusek Family

    Good Luck Natalie!

  • Sandy Falatko

    Good luck, Natalie!! Such an awesome cause!

  • Kristen Kusek and Robert Bieshaar

    Awesome work, Natalie!

  • The Sateri Family

    Good luck Natalie and the Gators Beat Blood Cancer Team! Hamilton and Madeleine Sateri

  • The Schense Family

    Loved hearing about the campaign, good luck with your final stretch of fundraising!

  • The Toner Family

    Great job, Natalie!

  • Connie Mitchell

    Glenn Mitchell

  • Christopher Peoples

    Matching donation. Keep up the great work. Go Gators!

  • Brisbane family

    Best Wishes!

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