Students of the Year New Jersey

Elaina Phillips | Team Breakthrough

Welcome to Elaina Phillips’ SOY Fundraising Page!

Jan 13, 2019


I am a sophomore at Princeton High School and am honored to be a candidate 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.  

Along with raising money to support research to find cures, one of my goals in participating in this campaign to bring attention to blood cancers like leukemia, which is the most common form of cancer in children and teens. This is particulary significant to me because it gets me thinking back to the Cranbury School Kindness Club, where I was able to help to support a family with a child fighting leukemia. After being there with their child and delivering and prepare presents for them, I realized how incredibly difficult it must be for families to create and maintain a sense of 'normal' when someone close to them is going through so much. Organizations like LLS support families and help them to maintain a sense of normality. Your support is greatly appreciated, and, with your help, we can reach our goal of $30,000!

I am particularly glad that LLS shares their research. 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. Thanks to help from organizations like LLS, five-year survival rates for many blood cancer patients have quadrupled since the 1960's.

We really are changing the face of blood cancer!

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.

I believe we are all connected, and that assistance like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society provides for patients and families benefits humankind. On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support!

Please visit our website often and bring friends who would also like to donate!

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Show Comments (1)



  • Anonymous

    Hey SoY candidate, your team looks GREAT! Good luck!

  • Sara Fernandez

    So proud of you Elaina!!!!

  • Warnek Steve

    I want to encourage others to support this great campaign !!

  • Anonymous

    Great work Team Breakthrough! I hope others realize how much LLS does for so many. Every little bit counts for sure.

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