Student Visionaries of the Year Charleston

Lauren Bas | Team Barbie

Lauren's Student Visionaries of the Year Fundraiser

Jan 23, 2023

I had the privilege of being nominated as a candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2023  Lowcountry Student Visionaries of the Year campaign. Student Visionaries of the Year is a seven-week leadership development program that runs from January 26  to March 17, 2023 to raise money and help support the LLS mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.   

I have created a team of committed friends and family to partner with me on this journey. Together, we have set a fundraising goal of $40,000, and have chosen research as the LLS mission pillar to represent throughout our campaign. We have 7 weeks to reach our goal and would love your support!

Funds raised helps LLS, the largest nonprofit dedicated to creating a world without blood cancers, advance initiatives like funding cutting-edge research and treatments. LLS has invested more than $1.5 billion in cancer research since 1949, leading to breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics, and personalized medicine that are improving and saving patients’ lives.


The reason I decided to focus on the research pillar is because I have seen how cancer can truly alter people's lives in ways you can’t imagine. I personally have lost two grandparents to cancer and I have a close friend whose dad is currently fighting cancer. It’s these people who have given me the inspiration to take on this task. My campaign will provide support to the critical work of LLS in hopes that one day no one will have to grow up without the ones they love. I know that with your help, I can reach my goal and make a direct impact in the fight against blood cancers. 

With my friends and family by my side as a part of Team Barbie to help me with this task, I could not think of a better cause to support or better people to support it with

I thank you in advance for partnering with a campaign so close to my heart, and please remember, every bit counts. 
There are two ways to make your tax-deductible contribution by March 17, 2023:

  • Use the enclosed envelope and donation form to mail your tax-deductible contribution. Please make your check payable to “The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society” and print “Team Barbie'' in the memo section. 

  • You can also make a contribution online by visiting our campaign website:  .

We apprciate your support.



  • Asbury Gibbes

    Proud of you for doing this!

  • Gail Richardson

    Mimi and Pa are very proud of you Maya! XOXO

  • Crymes Family

    Go Maya!

  • Lisa Hayes

    Maya Bundy and Lauren Bas working hard! Congratulations!

  • Karen George

    Great work, Maya!

  • Skip and Judy Utsey

    Good luck with your campaign! The Utseys

  • Elaine Handley

    Barbie McMullen. You will be missed my dear friend. You gave it a good fight. Rest in peace.

  • Christina Lonyo

    This donation is in memory of our beautiful person Barbie! We miss you and may you Rest In Peace

  • Ann Grifith

    Good job. Maya Bundy

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