Student Visionaries of the Year Savannah

Kate Marsengill | Team Still Fighting

Kate's Student Visionaries of the Year Fundraiser

Nov 30, 2023

Visionaries look to the future—and see infinite possibility.
They challenge the status quo—and make the impossible possible.
They boldly imagine a better world – and lead the charge to create it.


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was built on that same vision - of a better world - one without blood cancers. 


I am a visionary; I have a vision for a world without cancer, but I need your help.


This year, I’m proud to be a part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Student Visionaries of the Year Campaign, working to raise as much as possible for LLS’s mission. 

LLS has played a very important role in my family. My dad, Chris Marsengill, became a survivor of Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia in 2002 thanks to a newly discovered drug known as AIDA. Just a few years prior to his diagnosis, his story more than likely would have ended very differently. LLS is responsible for raising the funds for the research that saved my dad's life.  Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with another rare form of blood cancer in April of 2021. Known as Polycythemia Vera, PV is a rare blood cancer that currently has no cure. Luckily, thanks to research conducted in the years between his remission and new diagnosis, PV can be managed allowing patients to live long almost normal lives. My dad’s fight has always motivated my family to raise funds and awareness, but my connection does not end there. In 2018 my friend Kate McKay was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of nine and passed away only a few weeks later. Twenty years after my dad was initially diagnosed, we are Still Fighting to find a cure for those facing the same battles as Chris and Kate.

Research is a vital resource in the fight against cancer. LLS has invested nearly $1.5 billion in cancer research since it began. These funds support research studies for break through treatments that give hope to patients and their families, including my own. Newly discovered treatments can make a huge difference in a patient’s diagnosis. A diagnosis that would normally have a grim outcome can now be treated or managed thanks to research conducted in clinical trials. Treatments discovered in research trials for blood cancers also help lead to new treatments for all types of cancer. That’s why LLS is so important to families like mine. Campaigns such as Student Visionaries help bring in the funds needed to support clinical trials and achieve a future without cancer.



As a global leader in the fight against blood cancer, LLS:

  • Funds cutting-edge research leading to breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine that are improving and saving the lives of patients
  • Provides free education and support for blood cancer patients and families, including personalized, one-on-one support, assistance with identifying and enrolling in clinical trials, and more.
  • Mobilizes thousands of advocates to drive policy changes that accelerate the development of new cancer treatments and break down barriers to care.

Please consider joining this fight by making a donation. All donations are greatly appreciated and tax-deductible. Please visit my website often and tell friends who would also like to donate!


Thanks to your support, my efforts will help ensure this generation is the last to see cancer.

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you!


For more information about LLS, please visit




  • Anonymous

    Great story. I didn't know Chris story, nor how personal this is for your family. Chris is a great gut and I have never seen him troubled. Let's see if we can end some grief and sorrows.

  • Tiffany Hughes & Lauren Hughes

    Thank you for being a student visionary Kate Marsengill!!

  • Mary Beth Kronenberger

    Happy to help!

  • Claire Haslam

    so proud of you and your family! -claire haslam

  • Chris, Brandy & Hayden Cochran

    Good luck Kate!! Awesome what you’re doing!

  • Brianna Welch

    Great job, Kate! Good luck in your fundraising efforts!

  • Hannah Crow

    Ily Kate and what you are doing is very inspiring! 💖💖💖 -Hannah

  • Alan Rainer

    Keep fighting brother!

  • Trinity Reed

    You are such an inspiration to us all, Chris!

  • Michael Caputo

    Someday is Today!

  • Paul F. Condit

    Praying for Chris and a successful campaign to raise money for this very worthy cause.

  • Anonymous

    A very worthy cause. Happy to support and contribute. My best wishes to Chris and family.

  • Anonymous

    My father had lymphoma and passed away in 2010 so this campaign is near and dear to my heart.

  • LoGo Goods

    Good luck!!! You've got this!!!

  • Hwpinvestments LLC

    Admire the work you’ve doing Kate!

  • Denise Grabowski

    Keep up the great work, Kate!

  • Johnny MADDOX

    Thanks, Kate. Keep doing a great job. The Maddox Family

  • Angie Foran

    To honor Lily Stuckey - Im memory of Kylie Shiell

  • Hope Treece

    Way to Kate! Proud of you! Well done.

  • Eric Britt

    Good luck Kate! Your family is a wonderful bunch :)

  • Lee Formby

    Keep up the good work!!!

  • Specialty Sports

    We are so proud of you Kate! Good luck!

  • Trish McKay

    For 5 raffle tickets In memory of Kate McKay ??

  • Greg Coleman

    Kate, Thank you for running this year, I know that it is a big undertaking. Good luck this weekend and I hope you come out on top! Keep up the good work. Greg Coleman

  • Leon Davenport

    Thank you Kate for championing the cause this year!

  • Melissa Hille

    Great job, Katelyn!

  • The Guncles

    Go get ‘em, Kate!

  • Will and Hope Gruver

    Best of luck. Your father remains an inspiration to us all.

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