Students of the Year Denver
Dear Friends and Family,
In 1964, when a child was diagnosed with a common pediatric cancer (all types of acute lymphoblastic leukemia), three percent of those children received a 5-year survival rate. Today, 92 percent of these children are aided by new findings in cancer research. While the fight is not over, the goal of the Students of the Year candidates and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is to support individuals and families who fight blood cancer. As a candidate, I have the honor to fundraise money that will become cures for blood cancer and treatments for families.
I have assembled Team Rise Bright to come together in gathering funds and raising awareness of blood cancers. With the great help of my team, we hope to raise $18,000 during the 7-week campaign - lasting from January 10th to March 1st.
I am part of this campaign because I have a great desire to help my community. I understand that others are going through harder times than myself and would like to help them in their fight. Until the age of ten, my mom worked with cancer patients at Rocky Mountain Cancer Center. She helped them see the positive in such a negative situation. Despite their fear, they kept positivity in their heart. I strive to do this everyday because I am inspired by their character and courage.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is not only the largest donor to blood cancer research in the nation, but they offer financial support to patients and their families as the greatest barrier between them and a cure can be financial. Medical insurance will not cover all costs related to cancer treatments, and therefore, can cause substantial, unneeded stress to patients and families. Cancer affects everybody, and knowing that there are those who are kept from lifesaving treatments empowers me to continue fundraising for this cause. During this campaign, I am honoring those who have battled blood cancers and raising money that will go directly to LLS in support of its longstanding mission to find a cure and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Along with my team, I will work to increase awareness about the impact of blood cancers and the cutting edge treatments that are currently being researched, as well as inspire others to join the fight to find a cure. 1.3 Million people in the United States are fighting or in remission against Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma. My campaign provides an opportunity to support the critical work of LLS in fighting these diseases.
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.