Students of the Year Washington DC

Christian Gadiano | Cavs for a Cure

Welcome to Christian Gadiano's SOY Fundraising Page!

Jan 10, 2019

I am honored to participate in the 2019 Students of the Year program, 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 ("LLS").

I am proud to be raising critical dollars in support of five-year old Poppy Sellier, daughter of Heights School teacher/coach, Joel Sellier.  Poppy, a sweet, outgoing kindergartner who lights up a room with her beautiful smile, was recently diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and is now undergoing chemotherapy.  It is for patients like Poppy, and their families, that I have joined the fight to find cures for blood cancers and why I ask for your financial support. Most importantly, I ask that you keep Poppy and her family in your prayers. 

My mission is to not only to raise money to benefit LLS, but also to bring attention to blood cancers like leukemia, which is the most common form of cancer in children and teens. Thanks to LLS funded research, since the early 1960s when my great-grandmother died of Leukemia, five-year survival rates for many blood cancer patients have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled. And many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are helping patients with other cancers and serious diseases. In fact, drugs first approved for blood cancers are now approved to treat patients with stomach cancers, skin cancers, and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

With this in mind, I am also proud to be fundraising in honor of my classmate and LLS student of the Year teammate, Gabo Paz, who freshman year of high shcool was diagnosed with a type of soft tissue cancer.  After enduring ten brutal months of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation, Gabo thankfully is now in remission.

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 refer friends who would also like to donate!

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

For more information about LLS, please visit




  • Deborah Dunbar

    Thank you for doing this drive!!

  • The Dragone Family

    Christian, I am so grateful that you are taking on this challenge again. As a nurse who worked for many years with children with cancer and their families, I know that the amazing progress that has been seen in this field has been the result of coordinated research for improved treatment as well as readily available resources for families to learn how to LIVE with cancer. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society puts forth effort on both these fronts. Be assured of my prayers for your efforts and those of your team mates as well as for Poppy.

  • Kathleen Zichi

    Good luck on this noble mission!

  • Kimberly and John Manthei

    Way to go Christian and team! So proud of your efforts!

  • The Gimbert Family

    You are doing a great thing here, Christian! Sending so many prayers from our house for Poppy!

  • Rachel Macdonald

    God Bless

  • Carol Seitz

    Christian -- Best of luck with your efforts!

  • Roger & Maria Gadiano

    No comment!

  • Amanda Hernandez

    So proud of you for taking on this challenge, Christian! Happy to support you and your team and most importantly Poppy for her fight against leukemia ❤️

  • Jennifer Basinger

    Sending Love to Poppy! Thank you for doing this, Christian!

  • Jennifer and Larry

    What a great cause! Way to go Christian!

  • Alexandra & Scott Haraczy

    Keep up the great work Christian & team!

  • The McMillen Family

    Keep up the good work for such an important cause. Sending continued prayers for Poppy.

  • Matt Ribeiro

    Good luck for a great cause, Christian!

  • Amy Hutchins

    Praying for a cure for Poppy and all other cancer patients!!

  • The McDonald Family

    All the best, The McDonald Family

  • Cathy Mart

    Good luck to CAVS for a Cure and prayers for Poppy and all who may be suffering.

  • The Osborne Family

    We are very proud of you Christian. Best of luck on this wonderful fundraiser.

  • Bradley Fisher

    Christian, I’m extremely proud of you for spearheadeding this great cause for Poppy. Grandpa Fish would be so proud of what you’re doing.

  • Joel & Charlotte Sellier

    Thank you, Christian and the Heights men for doing so much to support Poppy and finding a cure for AML!


    Go Cavs for a Cure!

  • Sheryl and Bob Haraczy

    Your in our thoughts and prayers

  • Mary Ann Cox

    Hoping Poppy is cured and living life as a child should, cancer free. <3

  • Laura Digges

    Our prayers and good thoughts for the speediest of recoveries are with you, Sweet Poppy! Love, The Digges Family

  • Susan Hernandez

    Prayers for Poppy and all the others who are suffering from this disease.

  • Melissa Allen

    Good luck with your fundraising!!

  • Babak and Mehrbanoo Mehrrostami

    Best of luck on your fundraising efforts for such a great cause!

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