Student Visionaries of the Year Portland

Team Emma and Mercedes | Team Emma and Mercedes

Team's Student Visionaries of the Year Fundraiser

Mar 17, 2023

Please visit the following link and select the candidate you would like to support by clicking HERE! 


We have had the privilege of being nominated as a candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2023 Student Visionaries of the Year campaign. Student Visionaries of the Year is a seven-week leadership development program that runs from January 26th to March 19th to raise money and help support the LLS mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.   

We have created a team of committed friends and family to partner with me on this journey. Together, we have set a fundraising goal of $40,000, and have chosen research as the LLS mission pillar to represent throughout our campaign.  

Money raised helps LLS, the largest nonprofit dedicated to creating a world without blood cancers, advance initiatives like funding cutting-edge research and treatments. LLS has invested more than $1.5 billion in cancer research since 1949, leading to breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics, and personalized medicine that are improving and saving patients’ lives.

We are choosing to accept this nomination and participate in this competition for a variety of reasons. Our families have personally experienced the impact of blood cancer and we want to do out best to put an end to the suffering cancer causes. This opportunity also gives us the chance to expand out communication and leadership skills as we guide our team members in the right direction. We are looking forward to expanding our love of advocacy and policymaking as our team works through a research approach. Our campaign will provide support to the critical work of LLS in hopes that one day no one will have to grow up without the ones they love. We know that with your help, we can reach our goal and make a direct impact in the fight against blood cancers.  

We thank you in advance for partnering with a campaign so close to our hearts, and please remember, every bit counts. 

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  • Maureen Torres

    Cancer does not discriminate. Every donation is a chance to save a life. I lost my mother and many family members to cancer. Let's work together to fight this disease.

  • John & Heather Bogaty

    Heather and I are happy to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on behalf of Mercedes Prats with a $250 donation. Thank you for doing this. Regards, John and Heather Bogaty

  • Stephen Zimmer

    The Zimmer Family is pleased to support your efforts with $1000 donations. We will spread the word.

  • Leslie Goss and Sam Gruner

    Thanks for your hard work on this worthy effort Mercedes! This has significant meaning for our family.

  • Peter M Gallucci

    Liz and I are very proud of you for taking on this fight. We all know someone who is, or have had to fight this disease, and are happy to contibute. This is our second donation for this. Keep up the great work!!!

  • Anonymous

    Keep up the great work, Mercedes.

  • Haynes and María Goddard

    Emma: We are happy and proud that you and Mercedes are supporting this effort. Tus Abuelos

  • Kira Donohoo

    Good luck on reaching your goal!

  • Dawn Mittelbach

    Mercedes, I’m grateful for your commitment to serve the L&L Society. You are an inspiration to others and your work will make a difference in the lives of many people!

  • Nicole Seawright


  • Julie & Phil

    My beautiful goddaughter, Mercedes, oh how you've grown to this amazing and caring person. We make this donation to support your efforts and in honor of your grandmother/oma, Stella Kuntz, whom I love with all my heart and sadly died from cancer. Sending prayers so you and Emma reach your goal of $40,000. God bless you! Love, Julie & Phil

  • M Zimmermann

    Mercedes Prats

  • Carrie O Banks

    Thank you so much for your work to help find a cure for this horrid disease. Making this in Honor of your dad’s 60th birthday. Xoxoxo Carrie and Jon Banks

  • Andrew & Coleen Ahmann

    Thank you so much! I appreciate it and I hope all is well. :)

  • Ronald and Jillian Cain

    Thank you so much for your support, I really appreciate it. I hope all is well :)

  • Robert B. Mc hugh

    Thank you so much for your support, I really appreciate it. I hope all is well :)

  • Alex Goddard

    Emma and Mercedes- so proud of you for taking up this mantle. I hope you hit your goal!

  • Robert English

    Good Luck in your worthy endeavor. Praying for your success.

  • John Prats

    Great work Mercedes and team

  • Burke family

    Incredible effort Mercedes for a very worthy cause. The Burke Family

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