Students of the Year Cleveland

Ava Ransom | Team Unite To Fight

Welcome to Ava Ransom's SOY Fundraising Page!

Jan 24, 2020


Dear Friends and Family,

I am extremely grateful and excited to announce that I will be a part of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) “Students of the Year” campaign! From January 25th - March 13th high school students in Northern Ohio will engage their community in raising funds for LLS in order to support and fight for patients with blood cancer. Our team is passionate and determined, and believes that with the support of our community, we can reach our goal of $100,000!

The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. LLS has invested $1.3 billion into research since 1949 and since then survival rates for blood cancer have quadrupled. This research is even leading to treatment advances for other cancers. Despite these advances, blood cancer is still devastating to the thousands of patients diagnosed each year. More than 33% of blood cancer patients do not survive more than 5 years after diagnosis.

Most of us have been personally and deeply affected by cancer at some point in our lives. Whether it’s you who fought or is fighting, or you watched a family member or friend fight, cancer is devastating. The most difficult part of watching someone you love fight for their life is feeling powerless while watching them suffer during treatment. In our community cancer has left its mark. One of my classmates, Jane Finley, was diagnosed with lymphoma in eighth grade, beat it after going through excruciating treatment, relapsed, and beat it again. Another of my classmates, Claire Blevins, was diagnosed with leukemia in 10th grade just days after her 16th birthday, endured sickening months of chemotherapy, and beat it too. My middle school cross country coach and close family friend, Theresa, was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2018 and endured 6 months of aggressive chemo to beat it. My mom was diagnosed with melanoma in 2016 with a relapse in 2018, and beat it after an invasive and permanently-altering facial surgery. I saw my childhood choir director fight for more than 2 years and then die of a rare type of blood cancer. I watched my grandma, the most selfless woman I’ve ever met, go through unbearable treatment for esophageal cancer and pass away when I was 15. Cancer takes away too much. I hold on to the possibility of a world without blood cancer so that no one will ever have to lose a fight like this. I believe that with the support of our community, we will make a lasting impact. I invite you to join me and Team Unite to Fight, to stand up to cancer. 

As a community of fighters, supporters, and advocates, I truly believe we will make a lasting impact. For more information, please feel free to contact me at or 440-668-7454. Let’s make a difference together.



Ava Ransom and Team Unite to Fight



  • Almquist Family

    Let’s beat cancer!

  • Eric & Libby Peterson

    Ava - all the best with your fundraising efforts for this impactful organization. God bless - Eric & Libby

  • Devon Gess

    So proud of you and your efforts! Praying we will all see a day when cancer is eradicated.

  • Michael Dagiasis

    Ava, Good luck with your fundraising efforts and may God bless you!

  • eileen petryk

    Good Luck Ava-Beautiful letter you wrote! the Petryk"s

  • Kate & Mark Prendes

    Go Ava! So proud of your efforts! Love, Kate & Mark Prendes & Family

  • The Moss Family

    Thank you for doing this Ava; keep up the good fight! All our best, The Moss Family

  • Kelly McCrone

    Keep up the great work, Ava!!

  • Tim Acri

    go get em Ava and Team Unite

  • Joe Knap

    You are doing a wonderful service!

  • Helen Goldberg

    Thank you for all that you are doing to raise money for this worthwhile cause.

  • Yuhas/Moore Family

    Best of luck Ava and Team Unite to Fight! Our thoughts and prayers are with you throughout this noble endeavor!

  • Alexy Family

    Awesome work in raising money to fight cancer! It touches so many lives and means so much to those battling it everyday to see people like you doing something about it! The Alexy’s


    Looking forward to cancer free society!

  • Melissa Derrick

    Ava, Thank you leading the rest of us to stand up against cancer!

  • Christina Rater

    Thank you for all you are doing, Ava! I just lost my amazing mother to this dreadful disease.

  • EJ Gorman

    Good luck Ava!!!

  • Sherri and Bill Reilly

    Unite to Fight indeed! Unfortunately, I don't think that there is anyone that has not been affected by this terrible disease. Thank you for all of your efforts Ava! -Bill and Sherri Reilly

  • The Williams Family

    Thanks for taking up the cause!

  • Bechtel Family

    Ava, Wishing you all the best with your fundraising efforts for LLS. The Bechtel Family

  • Doug and Robin Hawkins

    Love your passion Ava! Thanks for taking up this cause and making a difference! Doug and Robin Hawkins xoxo

  • Cheryl L Duffield

    Thank you for all you do, Ava! You're an amazing young lady.

  • Stephani and Kevin Krueger

    Ava, You are amazing!

  • Keith Jordan

    We are proud of you! Love The Jordan’s

  • Emily Krueger

    Cancer sucks! Thanks to young leaders like YOU, Ava, I believe that we can someday live in a cancer free world! Thanks for leading the fight! Amazing effort!

  • The Thomas Family

    Way to go Ava! We love you!! - The Thomas Family

  • John Engelbrecht

    Thank you Ava for fighting this terrible disease.

  • Andy and Samantha Fitz

    Thanks Ava. Happy to help support a worthwhile cause.

  • Papp Family

    Thanks for all your hard work to fundraise for a great cause!

  • Renee Rickson

    Thank you Ava! A beautiful way to help support.

  • Charlyn Bauer

    Congratulations on all your hard work! Bless you all!

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