Students of the Year Cleveland
Tyler Benson | Team Brunswick
Dear friends and family,
I am honored to be a Student of the Year candidate and support the 2019 Students of the Year program, a seven-week initiative in which select high school students from the Greater Cleveland area participate in a fundraising competition to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
During the summer of 2016, I was fortunate enough to spend a week in Higuey, Dominican Republic on a mission trip with my church, Saint Ambrose. Through your financial support and prayers, I was able to serve those most in need while I was there. During my mission, my eyes were opened to the world around us, and how lucky so many of us have it with financial stability, loving families, and good health. I found a passion from within to continue to try and help others as much as I could. For that reason, I returned to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2017.
Cancer is something that affects almost all of us, whether directly or indirectly. The initial shock, the tears, and the medical bills are just unfair to anyone. This year, I thought of a new way that I could help others in my own town, my own state, and my own country. I want to run a fundraising campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as part of the Students of the Year campaign. I am on a mission to raise the most money to create a world free of blood cancers, and I need your help and prayers again.
Why did I decide on LLS? They have funded over $1.2 billion dollars into cancer research. Research that is saving the lives of loved ones. In the past decade, over 40% of new cancer treatments are to thank because of LLS funds. These new treatments help individuals diagnosed with other cancers and diseases too, such as breast and liver cancers, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer's Disease. They are driven to help others, just as I am, and I want to help them on their mission.
This year, I am raising funds in honor of Jane, a local blood cancer survivor. On October 9, 2015, Jane woke up with a lump on her neck that continued to grow throughout the day. Later, an x-ray showed that she had a mass and was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She was rushed to the Cleveland Clinic where she immediately started chemo. Despite a relapse, fertility treatment, radiation, and a stem cell transplant, Jane has been in remission since December 2016!
Since the early 1960s, five-year survival rates for many blood cancer patients have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled. And 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.
Like The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, I believe that beating cancer is in our blood. Cancer is a bully, but I am not afraid to stand up and fight. I invite you to stand with me and join my fight! My 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.
Together, 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.
Please visit our website often and bring friends who would also like to donate!
For more information about LLS, please visit www.lls.org.