Student Visionaries of the Year New York City


Team's Student Visionaries of the Year Fundraiser

Jan 18, 2023

Nine years ago, our mom, Michelle Cherande, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. We were only five and seven years old. Even as little girls, we knew the risks; we knew that cancer was deadly and we knew that with this diagnosis, our lives would be irreparably changed. After five months of grueling chemotherapy, our mom was given the wonderful news that she was cancer-free. 

Thanks to donors who raised money for cancer research, doctors found a cure for Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cure that did not exist fifty years ago. Lots of cancers can be treated, but many can not be cured.  We are so lucky that our mom was diagnosed with a kind of cancer where researchers were able to find a cure.  We know that if she had been diagnosed with the same kind of cancer just a few decades ago, the results could have been very different. Thanks to this important cancer research, Mom watched us graduate elementary school and middle school, when we feared that she wouldn’t even live long enough to watch us finish second grade and kindergarten. 

Our experience watching our mom battle cancer, has motivated us to support cancer research organizations in hopes that one day no one will have to grow up without the ones they love. We have the privilege of being nominated as candidates for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2023 New York City Student Visionaries of the Year campaign. Student Visionaries of the Year is a seven-week leadership development program that runs from January 19 until March 7 to raise money to help blood cancer patients not only survive but thrive after treatment. We are writing today to ask for your support of our campaign and LLS’s mission to find a cure for blood cancers and improve the quality of life for patients. ​​​​​​​

Thanks to your support, our efforts will ensure that this is the last generation to see cancer. 

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Thanks so much for your support!


​​​​​​​Maddie & Maya



  • Naomi Sunshine

    Love your mom and so glad she was cured!!

  • Sean M & family

    Happy to support.....

  • Heather Murphy

    Maddie & Maya, Great cause! Good luck with your campaign.

  • The Rahbar Family

    So proud of you all for doing this!

  • The Safer-Bakal Family

    We are so impressed with your efforts, Maya and Maddie!

  • Lauren O Sandler

    We know all too well how limited research is for blood cancer, and we couldn't be more grateful -- and proud -- of this fundraising effort, Maya and Maddie. x

  • The Greenhaus Family

    Thrilled to support such a great cause AND on behalf of a fabulous woman!

  • Grillbot, LLC

    Nothing feels better than contributing towards a worthy cause, you all do an amazing job and we are honored to be involved!

  • Jen & Andrew

    Good luck Maya and Maddie!

  • Julie Lundberg

    Happy to be a part of this!

  • Eileen and Suzanne Cohen

    Thank you for all that you do to raise funds and awareness!

  • Joel Cherande

    Thank you Maya And Maddie for your hard work and your dedication.

  • Janet & Ken Friedman

    What an impressive effort by two beautiful young women inside and out! Happy to support your goal.

  • Michelle & Matt Wolfson

    Maya & Maddie - you are inspiring! We are thrilled to support you. xo

  • Stephanie Feingold & Family

    Great work Maya and Maddie! We’re so happy to support you and this cause!

  • Robert Young

    Thanks, Maya and Maddie. Your commitment to this act of loving kindness is a blessing for all of our family members who have survived and a tribute to the ones who didn’t. Love always, Rob

  • Katzoff and Morrison family

    Way to go! Happy to support you and your family for such an important cause.

  • The Ingber Family

    We are so grateful that your mom is healthy and so impressed by your hard work for this very important cause!

  • Bill and Sarah Connolly

    Way to go Maddie and Maya. Keep up the good fight, just like you mom did!

  • Kate Novack


  • Pamela & Howard Mittman

    So proud of you for your leadership and dedication!

  • Moon Kim

    Love this, you girls and your mom! Your dad is pretty great too! Happy to be part of this and thank you for your important work! Love, Moon and Wayne

  • Wendy Mindel

    So happy to support you and this important cause!

  • Tobie Shapiro

    Dear Maya, Let mommy know she is a very special lady and thank goodness the treatment saved her. Your letter was very sincere and I could tell from your heart. Wishing you all continued good health. Love Tobie

  • The Rosenthal Family

    We are so happy your mom is healthy and so inspired by you both, Maddie and Maya!

  • The D'Ordines

    Outstanding work Maya & Maddie!!

  • Richard Gotz

    Wishing you all the best in your endeavor Susie and Dickie

  • Andrew and Michelle Migdon

    You guys are amazing! Keep up the fantastic work!!!

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