Students of the Year Denver

Anika Obrecht | Anika Obrecht's Campaign Team

Welcome to Anika Obrecht's SOY Fundraising Page!

Jan 15, 2020

I am honored to participate as a candidate 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. 

My team, an Answer to Cancer, and I are raising critical dollars in honor of Izzy Kerr, a young patient hero who is currently in remission from a blood cancer. I am also fundraising in honor of my great grandfather, Russell Chandran; my grandfather, Kenneth Obrecht; and my uncle, Greg Obrecht. They all sadly passed away too early in their lives due to cancer.

Each dollar is a vote. 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, which is 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.  Since 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a remarkable 53 therapies just to treat patients with blood cancers, and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has helped advance 46 of these treatments. 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.

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 share it with friends and family who would also like to donate!

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support!

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  • Kelli Anderson

    Good luck, Anika!

  • Monisha Obrecht

    Proud of you Anika for leading and working on this campaign!

  • Julie Bassett

    Good for you!!! Proud of you and hope you exceed your goal!!

  • Elizabeth Obrecht

    Proud of you Anika! Thanks for remembering Uncle Greg. He would be proud as well.

  • Veronika Obrecht

    Thank you for remembering your grandfather, Ken Obrecht and your Uncle Greg.

  • Priya Rajkumar

    Good luck Ani!! Love, your Priya-aunty

  • Vijaya Rajkumar

    Congratulations Anika for being chosen for a great cause! - Thatha & Ammamma

  • The Varian Family

    Thank you for your work dedicated to such a great cause and in honor of such wonderful individuals...your Iowa Family

  • Amedee, Nate & Audrey

    Thank you for fundraising to support this important cause! Hope you smash your goal!

  • Chris Sneeringer

    Good luck!

  • Deepak Joshi

    Thanks Anika for sharing this opportunity to contribute to LLS.

  • Stacey Jo Kirkland

    This is a wonderful thing you are doing Anika, I wish you and your team much success in reaching your goal!

  • Santhosh Penchala

    Anika, Best of luck with your fund raising effort.

  • Barry Treahy

    Keep pressing on Anika, nice work and good luck hitting your goal!

  • Dana Stehno

    Good luck, Anika!

  • Kathryn Morgan

    What a great cause. Thank you so much for doing this Anika.

  • Faith Novelero

    Great work Anika! Wishing you the best with your fund raising goal!

  • Scott & Lhauni McMichael

    Hi Anika. My mother died of a rare form of B Cell Lymphoma, so I'm glad I can help support you in the cause. I work with your mother, and she is very proud of you. Good luck on your goal. Scott & Lhauni McMichael

  • Britto Rajkumar

    I am proud of you Anika for this worthwhile & a great charitable cause! Good Luck in reaching your goal! - Thatha

  • Robak Family

    Best of luck reaching your goal Ani!

  • susan fudge-erickson

    Good luck! Dr Susan

  • Stuart Bedell

    Thanks for all you are doing, Anika! You are making a difference!

  • Evergreen Vision Clinic

    Good Luck, Anika!

  • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School - Lakewood, CO

    This donation comes courtesy of a bake sale organized by the students of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic school in Lakewood, CO!

  • John K. Obrecht

    Leukemia took my father almost 20 years ago and I miss him everyday. I hope this donation will help make a cure possible.


    Thanks for your efforts to bring awareness to this! Sorrry I cannot make the gala

  • P. Archuleta

    Great job Ani! Keep up the awesome job. :)

  • Elizabeth Obre

    Great job Ani!

  • Mary and Darnell O'Neal

    I would like to donate in memory of both my father, Kenneth N. Obrecht and my older brother Gregory E. Obrecht. Gregory was a good big brother, a wonderful husband, an excellent father, and loved his grandchildren to the moon and back. My father, Kenneth N. Obrecht taught me no matter what job I was given, to give 100%. I didn't know until he passed away just how much of a Christian he was. He donated his body for experimental drugs in order to bring the cure of leukemia a little closer to a cure. He never complained if he experienced any side effects to these drugs. So, my encouragement to anyone who has this dreaded disease, not to give up hope because of people like my father. I will always miss my father and brother. I am a better person because of them. Being humble, love and help people are just a few traits I learned from them both.

  • Beth Walker


  • Tom Quinn

    Anika - good Luck with your campaign!

  • Sumitra and Ramana Reddy

    From: Sumitra and Ramana Reddy

  • Scott Thisted

    Keep up the great work.

  • Lisa Baker

    So proud of the work you are doing for LLS, Ani!

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