Students of the Year Orange County Inland Empire

Makenna Stefano | Team Hope

Makenna's Students of the Year Fundraiser

Feb 11, 2021

Hello and welcome to my personal fundraising page!

You may know and understand why this cause is so personal to me. During the 8th grade of my middle school year, my sister Taylor was diagnosed with Stage 4B Hogdkin's Lymphoma. We were shocked, scared and lost. However, we all figured out a way to fight the battle. Taylor was so positive and always had such a great attitude; even when she was the sickest. Taylor took on and beat cancer. She is my hero. We discovered the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and all that it had to offer for guidance and support. Today, I am happy to say that Taylor is healthy and strong.

I have decided that it is my turn to help give back to others. That is why I have accepted the challenge to be a LLS Student Of The Year. I have set up a team of friends dedicated to raising money and awareness for this amazing organization, LLS. 

I encourage you to join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign.  My appreciation for your support cannot be overstated — each and every dollar donated to LLS brings us closer to our goal to end blood cancer and makes an impact for cancer patients and their families.

Please visit my website as often as you can and share it with everyone you know who would also like to join us in the fight against cancer. Together, we have the power, the passion and the resolve to achieve a world without blood cancer. All donations are tax-deductible.

On behalf of my family, current cancer patients and their families everywhere, I sincerely thank you for your support!



For more information about LLS, please visit



  • The Case Family

    Thank you Makenna in your efforts to support LLS in their quest to find a cure!!

  • Kelly Stassel

    Keep up the good work, Makenna! We are so proud of you. xoxoxo Love, Kelly & Dave

  • Rob, Amy, AJ, Owyn, and Bode Stefano

    Go Makenna! Proud of you! XOXO, Uncle Robbie, Aunt Amy, AJ, Owie, and Bode

  • Mary Lou Stefano

    Great Job Makenna. My donation is in Honor of Taylor Simon

  • Shelley Ridge

    Thank you Makena for organizing this! In honor of my dad??

  • The Tomac Family

    We are so proud of you Makenna! What a great way to celebrate Taylor's strength & support all those fighting this battle. Good luck with your fundraising! The Tomac Family

  • Lindsey Gardner

    What an awesome project, Makenna! Love from Montana! xo, The Gardner Family

  • Brady Spencer

    Thank you for the good work you are doing!

  • Banning, Jaime, Savannah, Addie, Banning, and Brylee Stephens

    Makenna, your are such an inspiration! This is awesome. Go #teamhope

  • Dave and Laurie Lane

    We are thrilled that Taylor is doing so well. Mackenna, we are impressed not only with your desire to take up this cause but your beautiful, heartfelt letter. All the best to Team Hope! Laurie and Dave Lane

  • Dirk Walker

    Makenna, your spirt and soul are so inspiring! Great work making a difference! Love, Dirk, Anna, Liv, & Mason

  • The Gary Crane Family

    We admire your commitment and personal journey Makenna. Your family is very special! Good luck achieving your goal xo

  • Annette Reeves

    Great job Makenna!

  • Shana Spitzer

    This is so wonderful Makenna. I’m happy to support your great work and just love your family! Xo Shana Spitzer

  • Anonymous

    Team Hope consists of amazing young men and women. I am proud to have taught some of you, including Taylor. I am very grateful that Taylor has beaten her battle and is now happily married. It is a blessing to see her as a beautiful bride. Continue the work for this great cause, I am incredibly touched by your dedication. Best wishes for all of you.

  • S. Nikki Murphy

    Amazing work, everyone’s effort and love is super inspirational... you are all heroes!! Best wishes for continued success!! - The Murphys

  • Stephanie and Bob Namba

    Good luck, you're doing important work, Makenna!

  • Lauren Hurwitz

    Great job for an important cause.

  • Kennneth Yonkers

    Good luck!

  • Kristen James

    Great job kids!

  • Cornuke Family

    Great job Makenna!

  • Carol Coburn

    To make your goal today. What a wonderful job you have done! Carol Coburn

  • Donna Sirbegovic

    Makena, Best of luck in your hard work to support such an amazing cause.

  • William Potts

    McKenna, Thank you for your Nobel service to a terrific cause. Best of Luck, Bill Potts

  • Brent Melbon

    Good luck!!

  • Dan Walker

    High 5 Makenna! Great work for a wonderful cause. Happy to support you, Taylor and those fighting the fight! Love from Uncle Dan, Aunt Lisa, Chase, and Davie

  • Virginia Spragins

    Thinking of you ,Chase. You are fighting the good fight. Gigi Soragins

  • Hon. Will and Jenny O’Neill

    Good luck!

  • Margie Deppisch

    Our donation is to honor Taylor Stefano who fought her way back to health with the constant support of her family and friends. Margie and Ralph Deppisch

  • MacKinnon Family

    Sending huge love!

  • The Steingruebner Family

    Thank you for doing this, Makenna! Good luck with your fundraising for a great cause.

  • Madeline Hayward

    Go Makenna! What a great cause!

  • Kathy Kuhn Ashworth

    Thank you for all that you are doing! In memory of our beautiful mom, Jackie Larks Kuhn.

  • Carol Beazley

    In honor of Taylor who was the definition of POSITIVE .. Truly an inspiration .. so proud of you McKenna for your recognition of your sister’s strength & crusade!

  • Donna Maertz

    Amazing job Makenna! It’s an honor to be a part of Team Hope. We love you Taylor!

  • Barry Porter

    Way to go Makenna! Keep up the fight !

  • Kristen & Bobby hatfield

    Way to go Makenna!

  • Stephanie Banta


  • Angela Gossen

    Best of luck with your fundraising Makenna. Wishing you and your family love and health. The Gossen Family

  • Madison Spahr

    So proud of you and your family for continuing to be a light for other people battling this. It's so touching to see your sister's support <3

  • Julia Wald

    Proud of you guys!

  • Cindy & Bill Simon

    Keep on dancing! Cindy & Bill Simon

  • Taylor & Griff Simon

    Thank you for supporting such an important cause! We love you so much and are inspired by your grace. xoxo, Tay, Griff, & Archie

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