Students of the Year Dallas

Emma Zanatta | Cancer Crushers

Honored Hero!

Jan 09, 2021

Max Hinojosa is our 2021 Students of The Year Honored Hero!

At one month old, Max was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of Leukemia called Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML). After weeks of treatments, surgeries, and procedures, Max’s medical team decided to try a drug that had been funded by LLS. Max underwent treatment for almost a year before his body became stable, free from any medical intervention. His first year of life was a lot different than what you see today. Now, the Hinojosas are proud to say Max is in remission. As Max battled childhood cancer, LLS provided tremendous support for their family. “That was our introduction to parenthood and something we’d never wish to repeat, but in that desperation and in that fear, there were numerous resources that emerged, and LLS was by far one of the biggest of those,” his dad, Dallas Fire Captain Cristian Hinojosa, said. He is grateful that his son is happy and healthy. 

Today, Max is a healthy 6-year-old, and a passionate member of LLS’s Big Climb community. He is the biggest Stars hockey fan in Dallas, a voracious reader, and a kind and thoughtful young man. He wants to be a firefighter when he grows up just like his dad, Cristian, a captain with the Dallas Fire Department. Cristian, his colleagues and Max participate in Big Climb every year to celebrate Max and raise funds for LLS. The firefighters climb in full gear – about 65 pounds worth – but Cristian takes it to the next level, carrying Max all the way up 71 floors on his back… And he couldn’t be happier for the extra weight. 

Cristian considers LLS very similar to the fire department; They’re both in the business of saving lives. He won’t stop fundraising and climbing with LLS until we reach the top and find a cure.


Finally Kickoff Day!!

Jan 09, 2021

Yay! It’s kickoff day! Today is officially the day my campaign starts and we can start to receive donations! So happy we can be a part of ending cancer together ❤️❤️


Emma's Students of the Year Fundraiser

Jan 09, 2021

Welcome To My Fundraising Page.

Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign. Thanks to your support, my efforts, will help fund the therapies and treatments and help save lives today.

LLS's continued advancements over the years, are responsible for the blood cancer survival rate doubling and tripling; in some cases, the survival rate has even quadrupled.

And many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers. They're even being tested in clinical trials for patients with a range of cancers including lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. LLS funded drugs are now being tested for patients with other non-cancerous diseases like Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis.

We really are changing the face of blood cancer!

All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. They'll not only support LLS research but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.

Please visit my Web site often and bring friends who would also like to donate!

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere I thank you for your support!
For more information about LLS, please visit



  • Pauline Gain

    What a great cause ! Wishing you all the best and good luck in reaching your goals.

  • Elizabeth St.John

    Thank you Emma for pursuing this, many lives will be impacted by your goal here:)

  • Andy & Michelle Baker

    Hi Emma - Good luck with achieving your goal. Say hi to your Mom & Dad. Andy & Michelle Baker

  • Brandon Jones

    Congrats Emma!

  • Marc and Katherine Rauzi

    Go Emma!! You are a superstar and this is a great cause. We love you - Kat and Marc

  • Peter Biggs

    Because you can't accomplish much of anything without leadership and love

  • Michelle Pedraza

    Emma YOU are amazing! Im so proud of you!

  • Pauline Gain

    We are so proud of you, you can do it!

  • Laura & Graeme Brown

    “To do more for the world than the world does for you, that is success.” – Henry Ford

  • Greg Gill

    Best of luck with this worthy cause!

  • Claire Dallaire

    Emma Keep up the good work. Love Tante Claire

  • Anonymous

    A worthy cause!

  • Vicki Rose

    Well done Emma! Jay was an adorable young boy who was diagnosed with cancer at a very young age and passed away from this awful disease. Prayers for researchers to eradicate cancer.

  • Mary Schultz

    Thank you, Emma! Good luck!

  • Elaine Bennett Catloth

    Emma, you are a rockstar ... thank you for all of your support for Max!

  • Anonymous

    What a wonderful cause to support. Xo

  • Anonymous

    I’m so encouraged by this fundraiser! I pray that this will help the cause!

  • Aidan Hoofard

    Thank you guys! Good Luck from the Hoofard Family!

  • ANT

    A fearless soldier who devoted his life to the military and the lord and passed away slowly from cancer 7 years ago. Lets in return kick cancers ass

  • Dennis and Kimberly Zanatta

    So proud of you Emma! Love, Mom and Dad xoxo

  • Julie Crawford

    I hope this helps you reach your goal Emma! We are happy to donate to such a good cause! Julie & Gary Crawford

  • Cintia Powers

    Congratulations Emma all the best! The Powers Family

  • Delaney Harwell

    Love u emma so proud

  • charlie & debi miller

    Best Wishes on this imortantant cause

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