Students of the Year Orange County

Thank You - | Working Hard to Cure Cancer

Raising Money to Save Lives

Jun 08, 2019

Thank you for supporting my candidacy for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year. The donation you will be making today is going toward cutting-edge research as well as blood cancer patient assistance and education.

I am dedicating your donation to the memory of my friend, Emily Neufeld, who was diagnosed with Lymphoma and passed away at the young age of 17. She was strong, athletic, resilient, tough, and beautiful.  Emily was a fighter. Her doctors would later say, that they have never seen anyone fight so hard.

When I saw a father and a mother burry their child, when I saw siblings burry their oldest sister, who I have known my entire life, the pain, tore a hole in my heart. It was hard for me to find hope. Emily was gone.

Had it not been for cancer extinguishing this beautiful life, Emily might have matured to become a professional athlete who would have competed, an author who would have written, an inventor who would have created, a teacher who would have taught, a parent who would have loved, or a leader who would have solved big problems ------- but she won’t.

I made a choice then and there to embrace the pain of losing my friend, to find hope and to use that hope to raise funds for cancer research that will reduce the number of young lives extinguished far too soon, so we can (all) enjoy their powerful presence.

I have set a goal to raise $50,000 for cancer research for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), a non-profit organization that has made a positive impact on blood cancer patients and their families for the last 70 years. In the last two years, 33 out of 38 FDA approved blood cancer treatments received funding from them. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is making a real difference in the fight against cancer, and they need our help.

Sadly, more than one third of blood cancer patients like Emily do not survive five years after diagnosis. We must do something about it. WE MUST CURE CANCER!

I'm stepping up and I need you to do the same. Help me honor the memory of Emily, join me and let’s change the future. Together we can save lives. Together we can hope.

The donation you are making today is greatly appreciated and is tax deductible.

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere and on behalf of all of us that hope - thank you for your generosity and support.



  • Jennifer Oz

    I'm making this donation to honor the memory of my friend Emily Neufeld who passed away at the young age of 17 from blood cancer. I'm stepping up and I need you to do the same. Please join me and let’s change the future through cancer research. Together we can save lives. Together we can hope. Please make a donation today!

  • Dalia Oz

    Jennifer - I am so proud of you for participating in this wonderful fundraiser, and for such an important cause. As a survivor myself, it means the world to me.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, Jennifer Oz for raising awareness.

  • Marie Walti

    I love your passion to raise awareness and fight for a cure. I’ve lost too many to cancer. It’s my honor to stand with you Jennifer. Keep using your voice to move mountains.

  • Austin Sandoval

    Absolutely love what you are doing. I’m your brothers roommate, keep going man, so inspiring.

  • Marina Demirchyan

    Jennifer, you are an amazing friend! Continue to fight for the admirable causes.

  • The Greelys

    Good luck Jennifer!! You are doing an amazing thing! The Greelys

  • Reina Resnik

    What a wonderful cause. So proud of you Jennifer. Sorry we can not make the concert, but make a video. Want to see video!! Best of luck! XO ??

  • The Gerber Family

    Jennifer we are so very proud of you!

  • Suzanne R Engelman

    Jennifer, Your Tzedakah Project is amazingly wonderful. Thank you for organizing all of us to help make a difference in the Blood Cancers. It is people like yourself, who help make a change for the better! Best of luck to you! With regards, Suzanne Engelman, Ph.D. and Dennis O'Reilly

  • Sheri Saladow

    Thank you for doing this. Let’s find a cure

  • The Spector Family

    This is wonderful Jennifer, a great way to honor Emily. Let's keep fighting!!!

  • The Engler Family

    Jennifer, what you are doing is beautiful! Thank you!

  • Liz Lyster

    Mazal tov on your bat mitzvah and thank you for doing this project

  • Rabbi Heather Miller

    She was a beautiful soul, and you are doing a great mitzvah honoring her memory in this way.

  • Claire Winograd

    Thank you for remembering Emily. We can stop cancer with research and solid, science-based policies.

  • The Margolis Family

    What a wonderful tzedakah project in memory of Emily

  • David Waltenbaugh

    Good Luck, Jennifer!

  • Le Family

    Go Jennifer!

  • Rabbi Aharon Glaser

    What a great way to honor your friend, Emily.

  • Eli Bebout

    Jennifer Good Luck from Wyoming

  • Nicole Braymer

    Best wishes from Louisiana

  • Crane Family

    Good Luck, Jennifer

  • Charlene + Ken Zuckerman

    What a wonderful Mitzvah project. Best of luck - Charlene + Ken Zuckerman

  • Francine Manilow

    So proud of you Jennifer ❤️

  • Talentz Group LLC

    Beat Cancer!!!

  • Seema Arora

    Great work Wishful Workers

  • Pearl Mashour

    My beautiful friend Zubia 💗

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