Students of the Year Campaign Orange County Inland Empire
Andrew Ortiz | Team Mission CANcer-vive
When I attended Liberty Elementary, there was a huge emphasis on the Pennies for Patients campaign, a special school based program with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). We honored one of my classmates undergoing and surviving Leukemia. Our family helped as much as we could. I asked family members to support us by donating, and my brother raided my piggy bank. So many students and families supported our fellow classmate and were very motivated to make a difference. After that, my family committed to going to more cancer events, doing our best to raise money and awareness for the cause.
I am honored to participate as a team member for the 2020 Students of the Year program, a seven-week initiative in which select high school students from around the country participate in a fundraising competition to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I am proud to support Juleen Erives as a candidate and Team Mission CANcer-vive in raising critical dollars for pediatric cancer reserch. Each dollar is a vote, and the candidate team that raises the most money at the end of the seven weeks is named Student of the Year. Our mission is to not only raise the most money but also to bring attention to blood cancers like leukemia, the most common form of cancer in children and teens.
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.
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!
On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support!
For more information about LLS, please visit www.lls.org.