Students of the Year Washington DC

Josie Gieseman | Team ABCD

Josie's Students of the Year Fundraiser

Jan 22, 2022

I have signed up to save lives with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and am working to raise as much as possible over the next 7 weeks. I am honored to participate in fundraising this year and every dollar raised counts as one vote for my campaign. My father, Ben Gieseman, passed away in April of 2020 to melanoma cancer. I have had extended family and close friends battle against Leukemia and other types of cancers, including my grandfather currently. I want to do anything to help further research and put an end to cancer.

As you know, everyone wins when cancer loses. Thanks to your support, my efforts will help fund therapies and treatments that are saving lives. Over the years, support from people like you has been responsible for the blood cancer advancements that have doubled, tripled, and in some cases quadrupled the survival rate for some blood cancers.
Many LLS-supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are also now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers and are in clinical trials for patients with lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. And LLS-funded drugs like targeted therapies and immunotherapies are now saving thousands of lives every day.
We really are getting close to our goal of a world without blood cancers!
All donations are greatly appreciated and tax-deductible. They'll not only support LLS research, but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well. 
Please visit my website often and tell 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



  • B.A. Spignardo

    Thank you for your efforts, Josie. We hope you have a successful campaign! We think of Ben often and feel him with us at all times. Sending much love.

  • Lori Brown

    Such beautiful photos and memories...I'm proud of your efforts to help others.

  • Chapman Family

    Josie, Thank you for doing this important work. I know for a fact that your Dad would be so proud of you. Love, The Chapman’s

  • The Doherty Family

    Wishing you all the best in your fundraising efforts xoxo The Doherty Family

  • Mary and Collins Ege

    Good luck, Josie!

  • Benjamin Klaus

    Thanks Josie! Good luck with your fundraising.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for your efforts, Josie! We admire your commitment to this cause and your father’s memory.

  • Lauren & Matt Finkelstein

    Thanks for fundraising for this great organization. We are big supporters of LLC because of several family members with blood cancer.

  • Hunt & Diane Allard

    We’re with you, Josie. LLS was incredibly supportive when Hunt faced Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2003-04. We’ve been active supporters of the Light the Night Walk, the Leukemia Ball, Pennies for Patients, and other LLS fundraising efforts. Thank you for supporting this organization.

  • Shireen E Dodini

    So proud of you Josie and your efforts to make a difference!

  • Readyhough Family

    Josie- you were born a leader just like your Dad. Honored to help you and very proud of you for taking this on.

  • William Ballhaus

    Thank you, Josie, for your leadership on such an important cause. It is a privilege to make a donation in the memory of your Dad.

  • Beth Gieseman

    Josie, I am so proud of you. The love and empathy you have for others is beautiful and I know you are inspired to help those that have especially difficult battles facing them. The efforts of TEAM ABCD will go a long way. Thank you for all your efforts and enjoy your first LLS campaign. Love, Mom

  • Tasha McGinn

    In honor of the one and only Rocketman! ??

  • George Batsakis

    Thank you for doing this Josie. Working with your Dad was a gift! I can see he passed on his contagious positive spirit to you!

  • Alice Wechsler Ball

    Such a wonderful fundraiser. Thank you for your dedication and thoughtfulness.

  • Allen Deitz

    Josie - thank you for organizing this effort in support of a great cause. I think of your Dad often and know he’d be proud of you.

  • Beth and Brad McDonald

    Josie, good luck in your fundraising to supporrt such a worthy cause.

  • Team Cropper

    Your dad would be proud of you for this and so much more. Thank you for your efforts to fundraise for this important cause. Much love from Team Cropper <3

  • Anne and Kevin Boyce

    So proud of you Josie for doing this great act of service and support!

  • Lockland Family

    Josie… So amazingly proud of your strength, spirit and commitment to this very worthy cause. We know your dad is shining down on you every day. XO 💕XO

  • The Mitrovich family

    Thank you Josie for your spirit and enthusiasm to this important cause!

  • Kevin P Meiners

    Josie- We are so proud of what you have set out to accomplish with your goal--good luck! Much love, the Meiners

  • Alise Troester & Reg Leichty

    Best of luck to your team, Josie! LLS is such a wonderful and worthy endeavor and your dad would be more than proud of you for all of your great work.

  • Dee Dee Helfenstein

    Good luck with your fundraising Josie! I am sure your Dad is smiling down on you, so proud of the beautiful and generous young lady you are!

  • The Carman Family

    Thank you Josie!

  • Marina Zuppas

    Josie, your dad was such a brave heart and I believe you have his same bravery.💙💙 I know this donation will help to find a cure and raise awareness. Xo

  • Kristen Frieseke

    So proud of you Josie! I know your dad is too! Love you!!

  • Tess Bauer

    Continue doing great things, Josie! - Tess, Graham, Scott, and Meg

  • Racqel and Brian Self

    We are so proud of you and your kind heart!

  • The Vitale Family

    Your Dad is missed by so many! xoxo The Vitales

  • Mike and Shannon Higgins

    Thank you for campaigning for the cause. Best wishes to you and your family always. - The Higgins Family

  • Francois Lawen

    Dear Josie, Your father, Ben, would be very proud of you carrying out this fund raising. For my part, Ben was a kind man with a great intellect. Grateful to have spent a few years of work with him, as well as sharing a few drinks. As they say as long as you keep the spirit and memories no one really disappears. Best to you and your family

  • Jack Kathman

    Josie - It was a pleasure to work with you Dad for many years. This is a wonderful way to honor him, and he would be very proud of you.

  • Rebecca Miller

    Josie I worked with your dad and he made work so much fun over the years. It is an honor to donate in memory of your dad. He would be so proud of you and your leadership to this important cause.

  • Emily Crespin

    Cancer stinks. We appreciate all you're doing to lesson its impact on our lives. Best wishes to you and your family!

  • Kathryn Erskine

    Sending our best wishes for a very successful campaign. The Erskines

  • Karen Hertel

    You are a fierce competitor, just like your dad, and I'm sure you are going to CRUSH your goal and take home the title of Student of the Year! Every dollar you raise is a victory for such an important and personal cause. Your hard work and commitment is inspiring to us all!

  • Anonymous

    Proud of you Josie! Wishing you all the best. Lu and Julie Pham

  • Anonymous

    What a worthwhile cause -- keep pushing ahead Josie!

  • Anonymous

    Keep doing amazing work Josie!

  • Yushchak Family

    This is beautiful, Josie. We think of your father often and know he would be so proud of you. Best of luck with your fundraising.

  • Ronna Weber

    We're so proud of you and delighted to help in your efforts.

  • The Szuplat Family

    What wonderful work you are doing, Josie! Wishing you all the best in your efforts!

  • Eric K

    In memory of an amazing person and friend to many

  • Tom Nixon

    Ben was a great person to know and be around. I think of him often. We lost him way too soon but, I can see his legacy is carrying on and it's wonderful to see.

  • Lori Hock

    Way to go Josie!

  • The Khoury Family

    Josie - The Khoury family is so happy to support you - Ben Strong

  • Jacob E Klaus

    Happy to help, Josie. What a nice thing you’re doing. Dad would be proud.

  • Shannon Hiskey

    Josie, you have your dad's mind, heart and strength. No doubt you'll pass this goal...and many more. Ever so proud of you!

  • Hughes Family

    Great job Josie! We will always support you!!

  • Cristin Finkel

    Good luck Josie! What a beautiful way to honor your amazing Dad.

  • Pat and Sarah Rita

    Good luck with your fundraising goal Josie!

  • Jesse Nielsen

    You are the best Josie.

  • Susan Castillo

    When we worked together, your Dad was always enthusiastic and great in supporting our ongoing efforts at the National Institutes of Health. Best of luck crushing your goal!

  • Kathleen and Brian Baddley

    LLS is lucky to have you on their side, Josie. You’re a very special person. We love you 💖 Good luck with the campaign.

  • The Scarcella Family

    Good luck with your fundraising efforts!

  • Sander J Mueller

    This donation should be associated with Josie Gieseman and her fundraising efforts. Sander

  • Bill & Tracy Brennan

    What a great tribute to both your dad and your mom. They are certainly proud of you…good luck!

  • Jennifer Thomas

    Proud of you Josie!

  • Cheryl and Mike Johnson

    Thank you for your fundraising efforts, Josie! We know your dad would be so proud of you. Sending you and your family much love. Cheryl and Mike

  • The Ridgeways

    Good Luck Josie!

  • Alicia Mitchell

    In honor of Ben Gieseman

  • Peggy Fox

    We remember the beautiful person and light who was Ben Gieseman!

  • Senkus Family

    Good luck with your fund raising Josie!! We love the pictures

  • Allyson Burgess

    Good luck Josie in raising funds! xoxo Allyson

  • Kristen & Marc Short

    Josie -- What a great way to honor your dad and fight cancer!! Proud of you, Kristen & Marc Short

  • Lee Walters

    Good luck, Josie!

  • Sara Franklin

    Way to go Josie, the Franklin Family loves you!!

  • The Swingles

    Great cause - good luck! Helping others is a wonderful way to keep your dad's legacy alive. Keep the happy memories close to your heart!

  • The Dyer Family

    I'm so proud of you Josie!

  • Camille & Rich Crawford

    Thanks, Josie, for reminding us of how much still needs to be done. A small donation in honor of all the precious Giesemans we love.

  • Anne Klaus

    Josie, Congratulations, so proud of you, and sending much love, Nana xoxoxo

  • Earl and Mollie Gieseman

    I pray that someday we can eradicate all cancers and we, her grandparents, are proud that Josie will have had a hand in doing so.

  • Amy Kress

    Best wishes in your efforts to raise money for an incredibly important cause. Good luck Josie!

  • Cary Moore

    Thank you for fighting against Cancer!

  • The Litterst family

    Josie, What a wonderful cause!! Good luck! I know you will reach your goal. Kristin, Nelson, Josh & Abby Litterst

  • Genemarie and Jeff Pade

    Wonderful work Josie! Love the Pade Family

  • Merman Joseph Family


  • Whittington Design Studio

    What a lovely tribute to your dad. Wishing you a successful campaign!

  • Evie Gieseman

    So proud of you sissy.

  • John Draper

    Josie We never met your dad but from Mollie and Earl we know that he was a super guy. Your fundraising, and that of your teammates, are now part of the research to find the cure for all blood cancers. Who knows - Your fundraising might just be the dollars that tip the scales and bring the search for a cure to the finish line. Keep up this very important work. Ann and John Draper

  • Hamilton Family

    Josie, Your family and community are so proud of you!

Contact us by email or call 888.LLS.7177.