Student Visionaries of the Year Northern Virginia

Cat Pizzarello | Team Captains for a Cure

Cat's Student Visionaries of the Year Fundraiser

Jan 09, 2023

Visionaries look to the future—and see infinite possibility.
They challenge the status quo—and make the impossible possible.
They boldly imagine a better world – and lead the charge to create it.


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was built on that same vision - of a better world - one without blood cancers.


I am a visionary; I have a vision for a world without cancer, but I need your help.


Hi! My name is Cat Pizzarello and I am a junior at Loudoun County High School! This year, I’m proud to be a part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Student Visionaries of the Year Campaign, working to raise as much as possible for LLS’s mission. I'm super excited to be a co-candidate with my close friend, Emma Pearson, and our amazing team, Captains for a Cure! A bit about me... running is practically my entire personality, as I participate in varsity cross country and indoor/outdoor track at County! I love the adrenaline rush and the atmosphere around my sport and hope to continue running throughout my entire life. Along with sports, I am also apart of the school newspaper at County, for my love of writing! Its such a great group of people and I really enjoy creating a little time capsule for the schools history. I also love traveling and seeing the world with my family where we have been so many crazy places. Rome, Greece, Paris, Portugal, Australia and so much more. As for hobbies, I love listening to music and reading! My favorite artists are The Rolling Stones, Lana Del Rey, The Cranberries, Phoebe Bridgers, Edie Brickel and to be honest I could go on. Some of my favorite books include: They Both Die at the End, The Catcher and the Rye, Angels & Demons, Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Player's Plate. 


This campaign has already helped me really understand the importance of helping others, has allowed me to learn important life skills, and hugely improve my ability to get out of my comfort zone and confront people with something that is important to me!


We are visionaries; we have a vision for a world without cancer, but we need your help. 


This year, we're rpud to be a part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Student Visionaries of the Year Campaign, working to rais as much as possible for LLS's mission. 


As a global leader in the fight against blood cancer, LLS:

  • Funds cutting-edge research leading to breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine that are improving and saving the lives of patients
  • Provides free education and support for blood cancer patients and families, including personalized, one-on-one support, assistance with identifying and enrolling in clinical trials, and more.
  • Mobilizes thousands of advocates to drive policy changes that accelerate the development of new cancer treatments and break down barriers to care.

Please consider joining this fight by making a donation. All donations are greatly appreciated and tax-deductible. Please visit my website often and tell friends who would also like to donate!


Thanks to your support, my efforts will help ensure this generation is the last to see cancer.

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you!


- Cat Pizzarello

Captains for a Cure


For more information about LLS, please visit




  • Gary Crum

    Happy to support your hard work and efforts to meet your $7,500 goal for such an important cause!

  • Margot O’Brien


  • Jean Armstrong

    So proud of you, Cat, for taking on this much needed fundraiser for such a great cause!!

  • Denny Butts

    Great work Cat!

  • Chris Smith

    Margot told me to donate 1 dollar (meow) this is funny because you are cat

  • H Yu

    You're an inspiration, Cat!

  • Susan Dickson

    Cat, you are a student visionary! Great mission! Sending strength to all those battling this cancer.

  • Woody Walls

    Great job Cat! Happy to support you! Woody

  • AnaGrace and Isabella Russell

    We're behind you all the way!!!

  • Anonymous

    A podcast listener here. Thanks for using your voice to do something good in the world!

  • The Stultz Family

    Congratulations and best of luck!

  • Carl Napiwocki

    Keep up the great work Cat! Hope you reach and even exceed your donation goal.

  • The Wild Singhs

    Go, Cat, Go!! 🏃🏻‍♀️

  • Stefan Adams

    Kats the greatest


    Go Cat! - Mary, Thomas, Emily and Richard

  • Van Mater Family

    You are doing amazing things!

  • Dave Menton

    The Yankees suck but won’t let that impact my helping raise money for your cause………

  • Jeff Rubino

    Keep up the good work

  • Michael Rubiano

    Go Cat!

  • Edward Pizzarello

    Go Cat Go!

  • Yellin Family

    Way to go Cat!!!!

  • Emily & Kate Hoult

    Keep up the great work Cat!

  • Edward Pizzarello

    49 states to go!

  • Tommy Danielsen

    California RULES!

  • Sheila Sandford

    I know you have VA covered but wanted to support

  • Jeremiah Isley

    Ohio ?

  • Carrie Olivo

    Donation from NJ!! GOOD LUCK

  • Elyse Serafin

    Donation from NC! Good luck Cat!!

  • Elyse Serafin

    Donation from NC! Good luck Cat!!

  • Jennifer Rueckert


  • Amol Koldhekar

    From Nevada

  • Richard Kerr

    From the greatest state in the nation

  • Will & Hope Gruver

    LLS means so much to us, thank for signing on to save lives.

  • Michael Schlabig

    Cross GA off the list

  • Valarie Dennis

    Great Job and here is your Maryland donation.

  • Tyler Thornburg

    Cheers from the Sooner State!

  • Patrick Lester

    Getting GA off the map!

  • Kelly Menice

    Good luck!

  • Alexander Schmidt

    Donation from NY...with employer match!

  • Miye Wire

    Great job, Cat! This is how your mom and I met. ;)

  • Jennifer Ward


  • Jon OKeefe, CT

    Connecticut represents

  • Anonymous

    10.00 from Alabama!

  • Sean

    Viva Las Vegas

  • Hayley Frink

    Here’s crossing Oregon off your list!

  • George Schaaf (Juneau, AK)

    Hello from Juneau, Alaska! Good luck with the other 29 states. They’re not nearly as cool as us.

  • Willie and Patty Pitts

    Willie and Patty from PA

  • Matthew Barreau

    Donation from Oregon!

  • Alicia

    I’m in Hawaii!! Hope you get your goal.

  • Michael Stuntz

    Heard about this on the podcast. Always travel and do charity work and you will not regret it. Going out of your comfort zone to help others will always pay off.

  • Anna Napiwocki

    An amazing cause to support. Every dollar counts in the fight to find better treatments and even a cure for all blood cancers.

  • Jackie Milhans

    Best of luck!!

  • Rachael Kruse

    Thank you for fundraising for this wonderful cause! Hope this helps you get the Alaska donor if you don’t already have :)

  • Rick Fojtik

    Here’s Washington for you

  • Ryan Yaple

    Happy to help donate from Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • J Mortenson

    Keep it up!

  • Anonymous

    Keep up the good fight (cheers from Minnesota)

  • J.R. Claeys

    Greetings from Kansas!

  • Derreck Stratton

    Donation from Iowa!

  • Dion Messer

    Happy to help.

  • Erin Turner

    Donating from Nebraska!

  • Serati Karley

    Donation from Fargo, North Dakota!!!

  • Ashlee Y

    Nebraska! Loyal podcast listener and Instagram follower! Keep doing great things!

  • Mindy Stetson

    Happy to donate from Nebraska!

  • Anonymous


  • Lucas Corbett

    Here’s your Nebraska Donation!

  • Daniel Kobil

    Was just diagnosed with Hairy Cell Leukemia. Thank you for raising money so we can find treatments and cures!!

  • Pizza Family/50 States

    Congrats on 50 States!

  • randy petersen / BoardingArea

    #goCatgo (a match to the frequent flyers that donated from the MilesToGo podcast.)

  • Anonymous

    What a terrific thing you are doing, Cat! Happy to be able to contribute.

  • Peggy Moats

    Thanks CAT for being a TRUE leader with your quest to help others! You are an inspiration to many as to how to get IT done! Keep running and keep raising.

  • Christine A Gherst

    Go Cat!

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