Students of the Year San Antonio
Isabel Jauregui | Team Alexa & Isabel's Campaign Team
I am honored to participate alongside my friend Alexa Valles in the 2019 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.
I am proud to support my best friend, Lauryn Hernandez, who is currently in remission from a blood cancer called Non-Hodgkin's Diffuse B Cell Lymphoma, a rare form of cancer with an annual incidence of 7–8 cases of this cancer per every 100,000 people per year in the US, usually found in people aged 70 or older. Lauryn, however, was diagnosed at the young age of 14.
Lauryn was diagnosed the summer before our freshman year. After I found out that she was diagnosed, I was in disbelief. It wasn’t until I saw her bald and in a wheelchair that I realized that Lauryn really had cancer. I was completely heartbroken, and I did everything I could to ensure that she was okay. I’d spend every day at school wheeling her to each of her classes, and I made sure to support her at all of her fundraisers and events. Lauryn having cancer not only affected her, but it affected everyone around her, including me. Her journey with lymphoma has made not only her, but I, a stronger person.
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 and hopefully an end to blood cancers like leukemia, which is the most common form of cancer seen in children and teens.
Since the early 1960s, five-year survival rates for many blood cancer patients have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled. 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.
We really are changing the face of blood cancer!
All donations, big or small, 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 to see if we're close to our goal and share this link to your friends, family, and neighbors who you think would like to donate!
On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support!
For more information about LLS, please visit www.lls.org.