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Connie's Cure | Connie's Cure

Welcome to Connie's Cure's SOY Fundraising Page!

Mar 01, 2019

Welcome to the fundraising page for Oratory Prep Sophomore students Joseph Marchese, Logan Drone, and Liam Henderson!

Students of the Year Campaign

We are honored to participate in the 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. This year, teams will be raising money in honor of a young patient hero who is in remission from a blood cancer. The candidate team that raises the most money at the end of the seven weeks is named Student(s) of the Year. 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.

My Motivation (Joseph)

I am participating in this campaign because of my grandmother, Connie DeMizio, who passed away from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2010. Being able to help people with the same pain and discomfort she experienced, and that my family experienced, and being able to make a different in this research and prevention of her horrible disease is an honor and privilege. When she was diagnosed, she dedicated the remainder of her life to participating in excruciating tests and research to help others with her disease. I am so greatful that I am able to continue the work that she dedicated the remaining few years of her life to, which is why our team name is "Connie's Cure."

You may be surprised to learn...

Since the early 1960s, five-year survival rates for many blood cancer patients have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled.

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.

LLS is the largest contributor to blood cancer research in the nation

Since 2000, more than 40% of the new cancer therapies approved by the FDA are for blood cancer. LLS funded more than 60% of those therapies. 

LLS helped advance and fund 31 of the 37 blood cancer treatments approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2017.

But there's more to do...

Every 3 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer

More than 1.2 million people are living with or are in remission from leukemia, Hodgkin's disease, and myleoma

More than 33% of blood cancer patients do not survive five years after diagnosis

An average of 3,679 children and young adults are diagnosed with leukemia each year


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 their families, as well as support advocacy for laws to ensure patients can access the care and treatments they need.

We cannot thank you enough for your generosity and support. We am so thankful to everyone who is helping me make a difference in these horrible diseases. 

Please contact any of us (Joseph -, Liam -, Logan - with any questions you have about the campaign, or for more information.  

For more information about all the amazing thing LLS does or about the Students of the Year Campaign, please visit

Beating cancer is in my blood. Is it in yours?


1 Comment

  • Jean Marie Mainente

    Good luck!

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