Student Visionaries of the Year Denver

Kayla McPherson | Encure

Kayla's Student Visionaries of the Year Fundraiser

Jan 19, 2024

Dear Friends and Family,

I am thrilled to announce my candidacy for the 2024 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Student Visionary of the Year (SVOY), to celebrate Kaden’s official cure date this May. I have compiled a team of family and friends that together look to make some big gains for cancer research! On January 18th, 2024, we will kick-off with the goal to raise the most over a 7-week window that concludes on March 9th, 2024 with a celebratory gala where the winner is revealed. While I of course would love for my team to raise the most, what it’s truly all about is funding research for safer more effective treatments, cures, and family and patient support.


For those who may not know my story as well, when I was in 2nd grade my younger brother, Kaden, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I watched this impact my family, immediate and extended, my friends & community, and most importantly my 6-year-old built-in-best-friend. It was a huge part of my childhood and still lives as an undeniably important part of who I am today and how I live my life. Five years ago this May, Kaden completed treatment and rang the bell! So, May 2024 marks his official cure date! Cancer taught me so many things, but some of the bests are to be grateful and to never be afraid to ask for help. My mom always says that Kaden carried the physical weight of cancer, and I took the psychological weight, and I will never find a better teammate in life than my little brother. Kaden’s diagnosis introduced us to L.L.S. and the larger cancer community that helped us through three long years of treatment. Kaden has always been my biggest cheerleader and this year my teammates and I want to do our part to give hope to people all over fighting cancer or standing by someone who is.




In addition to the vast amount of research and support that LLS has provided since its inception in 1949, they recently launched THE DARE TO DREAM PROJECT. This program is focused on powering innovative research, new, safer treatments, support services, and advocacy… specifically for kids! They are seeking to raise $175 million over the next five years to support global, collaborative research and treatments for children's blood cancers, the LLS PedAL Master Clinical Trial, as well as widening our range of free education, personalized support services, financial assistance, and advocacy on behalf of all children and their families. I hope to contribute to their sweeping efforts in helping patients and families across the country.

I invite you to contribute to our team's goal to support the new patients, the worried families, and the relentlessly supportive communities. I have high goals for this campaign, and I need your support to achieve them. For ways to contribute feel free to reach out to me directly at, visit my website, or through the QR code below. If you are donating with a check, please make it payable to L.L.S., include my name in the memo, and mail directly to LLS at 720 S Colorado Blvd Suite 520-N; Denver, CO 80246. *Many companies have a matching program. I would love if you would ask them to match your donation and spread the word!

I truly appreciate your support and look forward to a day when we can celebrate not just one person’s cure date but finding THE CURE!

Kayla McPherson


For more information about LLS, please visit




  • Josephine

    So proud of you and thank you for making an impact on the LLS mission! - Jo

  • Anna & Todd Overley

    Good luck with your campaign Kayla!

  • Mary and Maggie Brennan

    Here's to finding a cure! You are amazing! Love Mary and Maggie Brennan

  • Brad & Melissa McQueen

    So inspiring Kayla!

  • Michael Quinn

    Go Kayla!

  • Sabrina Magennis

    I'm so proud of you and wish you the best of luck, Kayla!!

  • Mark Cunningnam

    Best of luck with your Campaign Kayla!

  • Charlie Philp

    Go, Kayla (& Kaden), go!

  • Sally Taylor

    Great job Kayla. You are an inspiration.

  • Auntii Melanie

    Kayla McPherson such a great sister. Loved

  • James and Margie Walters

    This is a great thing you are doing and we are happy to help.

  • JoAnn and Randy Strandberg

    Good luck with the campaign Kayla. We hope you reach your goal.

  • Rachel Stephens

    This is awesome Kayla! Donating in honor of your badass mom!

  • Holly and Tony

    What a great cause. Xxoo

  • Maria Wischmeyer

    Good luck with all your efforts, Kayla!!

  • Bryan and Nicole Howe

    You rock Kayla, thanks for supporting such a great cause.

  • Brenda Stoffel

    So proud of you Kayla! You are an amazing big sister!

  • Claire Orner and Susan Kennedy

    Go Kayla Go Kaden!! We love you!

  • Shane Brown

    Kayla you are amazing and thank you for your courage and leadership in helping others!!!

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations Kayla on being a Student of the Year, how exciting! We hope your teams raises a lot for this great cause.

  • Rachel Brody

    So proud of you, Kayla! Cheers to you, your family’s dedication and your BFF’s cure date!!

  • Amy Roden

    Way to go Kayla! We love you.

  • Bishop Family

    Go Kayla!

  • Nicole & Josh Dent

    Your rock Kayla! Good luck with the campaign!

  • Carissa & Zach McCabe

    Amazing work, Kayla!

  • Daryl Grantz


  • Chris and Julie Otto

    Keep up the great work.

  • Robin Farris

    Go Kayla! And a major hooray for Kaden's cure date!

  • Nancy Han

    Congratulations on your cure date. Such a wonderful blessing! May big Sisters mission trip be a catalyst to Soper up finding a cure ! Nancy Hansen

  • Drew and Megan Mattox

    Good luck Kayla!

  • Joe and Kelly Bertsch

    Good luck Kayla, proud of what you are doing and happy to support you and the cause. Joe and Kelly Bertsch

  • Judy Cain

    Congrats on making a difference in the world Kayla!

  • David Steimel

    Good luck Kayla - sorry we won't be able to make the dinner.

  • John Reeves

    Very inspiring! Way to make a positive impact!

  • Nancy Botiller

    Amazing cause and thank you for taking charge!

  • Kaden’s Super Bowl Squares

    Kaden’s Super Bowl squares!

  • Laura and Dave Claeys

    Thanks for spearheading this great cause, which has impacted my family very directly too. I applaud your efforts and was thankful to read your brother is close to ringing that bell that we rang many years ago and are looking forward to ringing soon, too. Your efforts matter and I look forward to a day when this is an experience that no one needs to have!

  • Laura Esmond

    So proud of you Kayla!!

  • Super Bowl Squares

    Super Bowl Squares - Kayla's cut of the loot! Keep up all the good work you are doing!

  • Jeanette Tolar

    Good Luck Kayla!

  • Chris & Ryann Stuart

    Well done Kayla - You and your brother are a great team.

  • Joe and Margie Adams

    Kayla - We are so proud of you and honored that you asked us to support you. You're an inspiration! Joe and Margie

  • Rebecca Kelley

    We are so proud of and inspired by YOU!

  • Shanna, Walt & Oliver

    Happy to support Kayla and her family in this important mission! You’re an inspiration…keep shining bright for the world to see.

  • Henry, Stephanie and Alan Frosh

    Mazel tov, Kayla!

  • Brooke and Josh Brandt

    Let's go Kayla!!

  • Debra Faulk

    Way to go Kayla! We are so proud of your efforts!

  • Marcy Mendenhall

    You kids are AMAZING! Your thoughtfulness and perseverance are an inspiration!!

  • Shawn Hann

    You Rock Kayla!

  • Thomas Family

    Very proud of you Kayla for your commitment and efforts in this campaign and what you and your family have overcome!

  • Meg Periman

    Love you all!

  • Nick Grantz

    Love you all! Very proud and inspired

  • Susan Kennedy

    Go Kayla Go!! Great work!!!

  • Alan Weldon

    Great job Kayla!! I hope your brother stays well and thank you for your efforts!

  • Polinsky Family

    McPherson kids ROCK!

  • Monica Cordovano

    Cancer free! Yay!!!! Raising money to continue the work to save others! Yay!!!

  • MN Finnigsmiers

    Wishing you all the best Kaden from the MN Finnigsmiers!

  • Sarah Stone

    What an inspiring person you are, Kayla!

  • Danette Grantz

    Thank you for being so brave Kaden! We love you and Kayla and your parents! Love, Danette

  • Faith Gushing

    Prayers to all who is touched by this nasty disease!!

  • Leah Beitner

    What an amazing mission and inspiring story! Kaden and Kayla clearly have the same generosity of spirit as their dad! Keep up the amazing work! Sincerely, Leah Beitner and your friends at Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

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