Student Visionaries of the Year Northern Virginia

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Team Captains for a Cure's Student Visionaries of the Year Fundraiser

Jan 16, 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.


We are visionaries; we have a vision for a world without cancer.


We are Team Captains For A Cure! We are a team lead by co-candidates Emma Pearson (a junior at Loudoun County High School who loves music and rowing) and Cat Pizzarello (also a junior at LCHS who loves running and reading). We have five team members, Madison Ruff (another junior at LCHS who is apart of the SCA and plays volleyball), Sophie Webb (a freshman at LCHS who plays softball and is a part of FBLA at County), Dex Holt (also a junior at LCHS who is in a band and loves music), Stephanie Martin (Emma's aunt who loves tattoos and shoes), and Sami Pearson (Emma's sister who plays softball and loves dogs). We are a team of seven amazing people who are all joining together in the fight to cure blood cancer! But we can't do it alone, we need your help!


This year, we're 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.


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 our website often and tell friends who would also like to donate!


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

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you!



Team Captains For A Cure

Click on the links below to support our Team Members!

Emma Pearson (Candidate)

Cat Pizzarello (Candidate)

Sophie Webb
Madison Ruff
Stefanie Martin
D Holt


For more information about LLS, please visit




  • Nicole Opalinski

    Cat, Thank you for being a part of the mission to help fight blood cancer. My wonderful grandmother passed away from Leukemia so this is very dear to me. Happy to help you succeed in your efforts! Best, Nicole Opalinski

  • Sherrill Dean Vanhuss

    To have a great granddaughter like you Catherine. Doing a great job for so many others. Keep it up. Love Poppy & Grammie

  • Terence J OConnell

    For Emma Pearson

  • The Cleary's

    Thank you Cat! You are awesome and such a great cause. Keep up the great work in your fundraising! - Cleary's

  • Mike, Laura, Josh and Shelby Taylor

    In support of Sami Pearson...current awesome young lady...future Rock Star world changer! Proud to support you, Sami! Mike, Laura, Josh and Shelby Taylor.

  • Dorothy Ohler

    "Fundraisers are beacons of light and hope, illuminating the path to the good work needed in the world today" ~ Yolanda F. Johnson Keep shining your light Emma, you are an inspiration. Love, D.

  • Mark Maguire

    Thank you Sami and Emma. Keeping fighting the good fight.

  • Magaly Fagan

    Wonderful initiative ♥️

  • Kevin Pearson

    Keep it going!

  • Chris & Thalia Tobin

    My father battled Lymphoma and passed in 2008. LLS was a great support during his illness. Such a wonderful organization!

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