Orange County Inland Empire Students of the Year

Taylor Smith

Welcome to Taylor Smith's SOY Fundraising Page!

Mar 05, 2018

The people I have picked for my team are amazing people who are both hardworking and passionate about this campaign. My team includes Sophie Birmingham, Lucas Ovalle, Jack Rogers, Grace Oneil, Natasha Dymek, Emily Johnson, Kiki Hawkinson, Peter Shea, Max Drakeford, and Sammy Kerigan. Every single person on my team is so exited to be apart of this campain and here is what they have to say about it:

Lucas Ovalle: "As some of you may know I personally have been deeply affected by the brutal causes cancer through my girlfriend Emma, who unfortunately passed away in 2016 due to the cancer known as Rhabdomyosarcoma. During a time when all emotions should’ve been focused on Emma, it was challenging to deal with the harsh discussions of finance. No family should ever have to go through such discords during a time of such urgent need; emotionally and physically."

Max Drakeford: "I’ve chosen to become a part of this initiative because I’ve personally witnessed several people who’ve had endure and suffer the heavy burdens that come with a cancer diagnosis; whether it be physical or financial. I know how damaging cancer is on the patients and their loved ones. When afflicted with any type of cancer, the least of one’s worries should be how to pay for treatment."

Sammy Kerigan: "I have decided to join this team because I believe there is nothing more important than helping others. Cancer effects almost everyone through some sort of connection whether it be your relative, friend, co-worker, etc."

Kiki Hawkinson: "I am so excited for this campaign and to be able to support thousands of patients in their fight against cancer.  This disease touches millions of people and could be cured in our life times but not without the support of people like you."

Emily Johnson: "I have decided to join this team so I can help others who are effected by cancers and specifically blood cancers. Not only do these diseases affect the patient but also effect the loved ones and their families"

Grace Oneil: "I joined this campaign in order to help those not only in our community, but across the nation as well. Cancer as affected millions of people’s lives, and I was so eager to join the fight to stop it"

Jack Rogers: "I have committed to doing all that I can in the next 7 weeks to fight alongside her and her family in their battle with cancer."

Sophie Birmingham: "Our team goal is to raise money for blood cancer research and we are competing against other high school students across the country. It would mean so much to me if you could help us reach this goal by donating anything you can, no donation is too small."


Welcome to Taylor Smith's SOY Fundraising Page!

Nov 29, 2017

Welcome To My Students of the Year 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



  • Andy Drakeford

    So proud of you Max! In memory of grand-papa who would is kvelling from above.

  • Nancy Do-Dinh

    Great cAuse Taylor!

  • Ivy Wolk

    One of my best friends is currently battling cancer and I lost a dear friend of mine to cancer in november. I want to do everything I can to support these families!

  • kate guthrie


  • Vivian Milne

    don’t have much to donate but I’ll do what I can. I know how it is being in a family and dealing with cancer and finances on top of the shitty cancer shit. it’s all just so shitty like Lucas said no family should have to go through that

  • Kameron

    Brought here by Lucas! Shoutout to everyone involved in this, you guys are amazing :)

  • Gabriela Gonzalez

    Keep changing the world and inspiring others to do the same <3

  • Jessica Derlis


  • Kimi Burnham

    Being from an already poor background, when my grandpa was diagnosed with throat cancer, the financial struggle was ridiculous. We should have been spending more time than ever with him, and instead we were worried about the money, and it stressed him out so much to think about the bills that would be left with us after he was gone. Looking back, I realize that we could have spent more time with him and he would have been less stressed if it weren't for the crazy medical bills. No family should have to deal with that, and I hope that my little donation might help another family. Will be donating again soon! This is an awesome project.

  • chelsey fouillard

    i know what people go through and how it can ruin people, so i want to help in any way.

  • Luke Fowler

    I never like to see people struggle no matter what they're going through. Hope this helps <3

  • lily jorgensen

    i love you

  • Izabel Janz

    sending along with all of the love

  • cathy do

    Keep up the good work! This a very special and selfless thing you guys are doing to help others!! You all should be so proud of yourself! Thank you for fighting for others in need.

  • Jasmine G

    A great idea, I hope my contribution helps

  • Holland Baum

    This warms my heart... thank you for this <3

  • David Do

    That’s great that you’re doing this Taylor. I’m sure it means a lot to your uncle Thomas too. Good luck and great job!

  • Katie Wong

    It’s important to me to help others out even when it means doing to smallest things! For me it’s important I can help prevent others from having to go through this and help them out :)

  • Stephanie Fallin

    In memory of Emma and the impact she had on other kids around the country who watched her videos and music. I'm a Broke college student so I wish I could help more, but I knew i wanted to help out in some way so here you go friends!

  • Morven Shanks

    i donated because not only has cancer affected me directly its effected basically everyone and its not ok its horrible. luke @boysru1e made me awareof this charity. sorry i cant donate more :(

  • Fionn McConville

    Yo this is pretty cool I like people helping other people. We should do that more often

  • Madi Macklin

    I just wanted to say that all those going through the tough times that cancer brings, may you have all the strength and endurance in the world.

  • Hayley Marquis

    I followed Emma Greer and Lucas on Instagram around the time they became well-known on Vine. I can’t imagine the great deal of pain experienced from losing a loved one to cancer, and having to deal with the financial aspect thereafter... This organization is such a great way to help families in need, I’m glad to support it.

  • An Dyer

    Such an amazing cause, so proud of you Taylor!! xx

  • brittany pickering

    I volunteered in the hemotology & oncology branch of a hospital and I know how difficult it is for families to pay for treatment. It may not be much, but stay strong!

  • tiffani goff

    Great job raising money for such a wonderful cause!

  • Cricket


  • The Guerra Family

    We are happy to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! We wish Lucas Ovalle the best of luck in his support and joint effort with Taylor Smith to end blood cancer!

  • Veronica Fowle

    Love to everyone dealing/dealt with this

  • David Do

    You’re doing great work Taylor! Good job and good luck.

  • The Peters Family

    Great job Taylor!

  • Anja Finstad

    Lucas I think what you’re doing is amazing, you are absolutely my favorite person on earth and this just boosted it. I have experienced cancer before, not this kind though. It sucks and all of my prayers go to the ones that need it. I don’t have a lot but I gave what I could.

  • koa smith

    Go Taylor! Good Luck with your fundraising

  • Kylie Cook

    she was such a bright light and an inspiration to all who knew her. i miss her every day. my heart goes out to lucas. wish you could know how much you mean to me and how much i miss seeing videos of you two smiling and having the time of your lives even though they were only 6 seconds. i love you. and to em, the fact that you even knew about my existence through a mutual friend brings me so much joy. i wish i got to know you better because you were so so beautiful and good. i miss you. much love, kylie

  • hana noelle

    follow me @hana.noelle

  • Dustin Jones

    Been in remission of leukemia/lymphoma for almost 12 years!

  • Xavier Dolan

    Keep doing what you’re doing. It is essential. I admire your devotion, generosity, and dedication.

  • Dakota Diehl

    Hope this money helps someone in need.

  • Valerio Vanzani

    great action and dedication, congratulations and strength guys, I respect you!

  • Gemma Pimentel

    Good Luck Tayor!

  • Alessandro Tarolli

    Hope is the thought we need to keep in our mind. Determination is the attitude towards this hope! From Italy, a piece of this determination!

  • Anonymous

    Love what you're doing. xx

  • Nathalie Alvarez

    Fuck cancer

  • Megan Pollina

    I want to help everyone have a happy, full life by letting them feel like they don’t need to feel alone and they can live life to its fullest. They don’t need to have no gratefulness because they’re alive and there’s a reason to that. God made everyone for a reason and he’s keeping them going because he knows they deserve to live a good, happy life.

  • Nohely Garcia

    I used to watch Emma’s videos and she looked like she was such an amazing person. I can’t imagine what it’s like to go through knowing you don’t have that much time left, especially when you’re so young.

  • Clementine Sergent

    Go on guys! It is really a good cause to support.

  • Brynn McKenna

    I hope my donation, as small as it is, helps amount to a lot if more and more people donate. Lucas, I’m sorry for your loss and I hope everything gets better in this world, including our battle to fight cancer and find a cure

  • Emilie Reynier

    I dont earn à lot of money so i cant give a lot but I believe that if everyone does give a little to the one who need the most monthly,the world would be a nicer place . And I dis cover yous actions on Xaviez Dolan's instagram who is my all time favorite films director !

  • Stacey and Jeff Hammond

    So proud of these kids for making a difference in this fight against cancer that unfortunately, affects so many families.

  • lien ton-vu

    I am proud of you, Taylor!

  • Anonymous

    Taylor Smith

  • Steph Sun

    You are doing such an amazing thing, Taylor. Wishing you all the best. I know you'll reach your goal, and I am so happy to be able to help. Love, Steph Sun

  • Timothy Hobin

    Wishing you the best Taylor & Thomas. -Tim

  • Thuan Uong

    Good job Taylor and friends! Such a great cause!

  • maura flanagan

    Good luck Taylor!

  • randy brandt

    I am doing this because Kiki Hawkinson asked me to do so.

  • John and Suzanne Soukup

    "a shoulder to lean on' Kiki Hawkinson

  • Lindsay Green

    We are so proud of you Taylor!

  • Katie Moorefield

    Good Job Taylor!

  • Nancy Do-Dinh

    Great cause! Awesome work Taylor & friends.

  • Peter Shea


  • theresa smith

    octfcu donation

  • Anonymous

    To help find new treatments and ultimately a cure to help those suffering from Leukemia. This is for you Thomas. Thanks Taylor for your hard work in raising money for this great cause.

  • Jessica Berman

    Happy to support you and the cause Taylor!

  • Cheyenne Barron


  • Angie Jordan

    Just because I haven’t personally struggled with it doesn’t mean other should have to. I’m donating because you shouldn’t have to stuggle financially on top of physically and emotionally.

  • Lucas Ovalle - Cameo donation

    Lucas Ovalle Cameo Donation

  • Anonymous

    Live More Happy

  • Edward Nolan

    This is donation is being made at the request of Kiki Hawkinson on behalf of Taylor Smith.

  • Liam Barton

    It’s almost the least I could do I hope others are like that because it adds up

  • Hannah Blanchard

    Thank you, Emma, for always making me smile. Though my donation is small, I hope it can help the effort to support families in their time of need.

  • Kennedy Rae-Marie Smith

    No one should have the weight of financial crisis on their shoulders while being there for their child. I hope that my small input can help those family’s, to ensure their energy is put towards helping their kids fight. I don’t have much to give but I still want to help.all the love to them.

  • Casey Ghiselline

    This all i got brotha -casey ghiselline

  • Audrie Starnes

    this is a great thing you guys are doing!

  • George Smith

    Grand Finale Pledge

  • Lily Fernald

    Thank you for using your platform to support a great charity! I hope you reach/go beyond your goal!

  • Targetti USA

    Targetti USA supports LLS

  • Tali Arnold

    Jack Rogers! Proud of the good work you and your friends are doing for a most worthy cause. Your efforts are truly meaningful and make a difference. XO Tali

  • Alex Campbell

    I found this out from Lucas Ovalle and I would love to help, even if this donation might seem insignificant, so thank you.

  • Sheila & Art Perrone

    Great work, keep up the support of your uncle!

  • Jessica

    Un piccolo aiuto con tutto il mio amore.

  • Dara & Greg DiBiase

    So proud of you all for this effort. We will be forever grateful for the generousity of people like you while Emma was battling. It made it easier for us to focus on Emma and her needs during that awful time. Bless you all!! (Love you, Lucas!!)

  • Abygail Atim

    I Hope More People Donate

  • cheyenne barron


  • R&W

    Emma was a young, beautiful and creative force that changed the lives of so many people in such positive ways. She is deeply missed by our family, and this donation is in her name. Along with all of the other kind donors, we hope this will help afflicted families worry a little less about the financial demands which are often under-appreciated. We are so proud of all of you!

  • Zume Tran

    Good job Taylor!

  • John Hawkinson

    Very proud of all of you for organizing this drive.

  • Olivia Dees

    Thank you Lucas Ovalle for bringing this group to my attention. I will continue to make donations when I can. Cancer is impossibly difficult for the families involved. No one should have to struggle the way these families and children do. Great cause and great job spreading awareness, guys!

  • Terri Forbes

    Great cause Kiki!

  • The Jewel Princess

    Thank you for inspiring goodness in the world!

  • Heather Vail

    Almost every person or family has been or will be affected by cancer at some point. Its already hard enough to go through it, let alone have to worry about money. I hope that every donation helps ??

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