Student Visionaries of the Year Denver

Cedar Wine & Harrison Leonard | Team One Step Closer

Team's Student Visionaries of the Year Fundraiser

Jan 09, 2023

Welcome and thank you for visiting our fundraising page!

Did you know that approximately every 9 minutes someone in the US dies from a blood cancer? This statistic represents approximately 158 people each day or more than six people every hour, and grows every year in severity.

We are two high school students, Cedar and Harrison, raising funds to support research on blood cancers because both of us want to help kids and their families avoid becoming statistics. 

At first, my dad thought the cough was spring allergies, then he felt a lump in his throat. When it became difficult to swallow, a doctor ordered steroids to reduce the swelling but the cough and neck pain persisted. On July 3, 2017, my dad was diagnosed with primary mediastinal diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (PMBCL). Our entire family was shocked. While the 5-year survival rate is favorable for PMBCL patients, I asked my dad every day if he was going to die. He promised me that the R-EPOCH chemotherapy treatment was working and that he wasn’t going anywhere. After 6 rounds of chemotherapy, my dad entered remission in November 2017 and we recently celebrated his 5 year anniversary of being cancer free together. - Cedar Wine

Unfortunately, not every blood cancer story ends with a happy ending and that’s why we need your help. As students, we’ve learned the primary reason why patients die from blood cancers is that many lack an effective treatment. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is a global leader in the fight against blood cancer and has made it their mission to end blood cancers by funding research into treatments and cures. Since 2017, LLS has helped to advance 75% of treatments for blood cancers approved by the FDA. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and serves as a voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

We invite you to join us in our mission of advocacy and fundraising as we participate in the LLS's Student Visionaries of the Year (SVOY) program. LLS SVOY is a campaign in which students around the country compete to raise the most funds to direct towards curing blood cancer. We kick off a 7 week donation window on January 12th that runs through March 4th and would greatly appreciate your support.

No donation is too small as every dollar donated helps in the fight against blood cancer. If your company has a matching gift program, please consider asking them to match your tax-deductible donation. Please consider encouraging your family and friends to make a donation by sharing this link to amplify your impact. Corporate sponsorships of all levels with enticing benefits are also available. If your company or one you know may be interested in this, please reach out to Cedar Wine at

We appreciate your support in this mission!

Harrison Leonard & Cedar Wine 

11th Grade Students, Niwot High School



  • J. Murph Yule

    Cedar great thing you are doing in honor of your Dad! Congratulations and good luck!! Murph

  • Josephine Schott

    Happy Kick Off Day! So proud of you!!

  • Chris and Cathy Conery

    Cedar - This is a very nice thing to do. Thank you. Cheers Chris and Cathy

  • Sydney Bennett

    Congrats you guys! You’re gonna crush it!

  • Nicole Lavery

    Such inspiring and important work you’re doing by raising awareness! Kudos to you both.

  • Elizabeth Henna

    Good luck, Cedar and Harrison! Thanks for the work you are doing on behalf of this important cause very close to my heart!

  • Anonymous

    Good luck to you both!

  • Robert Ransom and Susan Wine

    As a blood cancer survivor myself I know how important the work and advocacy of the LLS is. I have nothing but respect for you for reaching out and helping raise funds for this awful scourge. One day all cancers will be eradicated and it will be because of the support and efforts of caring young people like you.

  • Gil Caffray

    Cedar. Best wishes for a successful fund raise. Pat & Gil Caffray

  • The Fiacchino Family

    Great work Cedar! Good luck to you & Harrison I know you will crush it!

  • Linda and Larry Ardito

    Dear Cedar, We are very proud of you and Harrison for raising funds to fight blood cancer. Love, Wese and Papa Larry

  • David Greenstein

    Good luck on your mission Cedar. Thank you for supporting such an important cause.

  • Sarah Thomas

    Thank you for raising money and awareness for this important cause!

  • Ken Carpenter

    An honorable task by my Grandson, Cedar Wing

  • David Kristal

    good luck with this wonderful endeavor Barbie and David

  • Thatcher Wine

    Thank you Cedar for everything you do to make the world a better place. Your hard work raising money and awareness for LLS helps so many others going through what I went through. I’m proud of you! ??Dad

  • Mark and Mia Silverman

    Dear Cedar, We are impressed and proud of you!! Love Mia and Mark

  • Kristen Carpenter

    Dear Cedar -- great work! I am proud of the work you are doing to further research in this area. Love mom

  • Barry Wine

    So proud of you Cedar for working hard and being thoughtful about others who are in need. To care about and to help others is a sign of personal strength and lo read your comments about Thatcher’s fight with illness and to have heard for plans for a career makes it all the more meaningful

  • Christy Vaughan

    We are happy to contribute to Cedar's project in honor of his father, Thatcher Wine.

  • Erin Golden and Spencer Bollacker

    Better late than never! Thank you for your work towards this important cause.

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