Students of the Year Cincinnati

Team Next Gen | Team Gretchen & Lily's Campaign Team

Welcome to Team NextGen's SOY Fundraising Page!

Jan 08, 2020

Hello! Our names are Lily Bien and Gretchen Fesenmeier. We are honored to lead team NextGen as co-candiates of 2020 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. We are proud to support future research that will affect the next generation. 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 to blood cancers like leukemia, which is the most common form of cancer 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 different types of cancer and diseases such as breast cancer, bone cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis. 

We really are changing the face of blood cancer!

All donations 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 and bring friends who would also like to donate!

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support!

For more information about LLS, please visit

Team NextGen with the Hero of the Year, Maddie Havera



  • Puthoff Family

    Congratulations to Lily and Gretchen on living the concept of being women for others and being a part of a cause bigger than themselves. Best of luck for a very successful campaign.

  • The Bien Family

    So proud of you, Gretchen and Team NextGen and the positive impact you are making! This will make such a difference. Love you!

  • Kathleen DeLaura

    Thank you Gretchen and Lily for bringing your energy to shine a light on this important cause. Your efforts will save lives!

  • Anonymous

    You are doing an amazing job with this!! Thank you for helping people who are diagnosed with this terrible disease!

  • Julie Reed

    Thank you so much for all the time you are putting into such a wonderful cause!

  • Insight Brand Development

    Kudos to you for your hard work and dedication for such a great cause!

  • Thomas & Michele Hoar

    Rock on Lily and Gretchen!!

  • Cyndi Wineinger

    So proud of you guys for putting a dent in the fight to beat cancer!!!

  • Ellen Harris

    This is a wonderful campaign. Love your dedication and passion

  • Keith and Chrissy Waleskowski

    Keep up the good work Gretchen and Lily! I have no doubt you two will accomplish every bit of your goal. Best of luck and Go Bulldogs!

  • Tiffany Dickerhoof

    Keep fighting the good fight, Gretchen and Lily! Thank you for all the work you are doing to help those with cancer. God bless you both!

  • Ryan Paquette

    Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to such a great cause!

  • Alicia Wilhelmy

    Go team Next Gen! I love your thoughtfulness and enthusiasm. You've got this.

  • Acacia Flamm

    Thank you for your hard work and inspiration!

  • Michele & Andy Daniher

    Thank you for the time, effort and energy you are dedicating to this important cause!

  • The Wrber Family

    Thank you so much for giving your talent and passion to those in need! The Weber Family

  • Mark Schoettmer

    Great job girls

  • Steve King

    Hi Gretchen & Lily, congrats so much on your nomination for students of the year and more importantly, for raising money for such a great cause! My son TJ is a Leukemia survivor and it's all because of the research and work done by organizations like LLS! Good luck in your campaign!

  • The Grisi family

    You girls are so inspiring!

  • The Beirne Family

    Thank you for your hard work and best of luck with your campaign!

  • Ritter Daniher Financial Advisory, LLC

    Good luck on your fundraising for such an important cause.

  • The Lamping Family

    Glad to support such a great cause. Great job Lily and Gretchen! The Lamping Family

  • Debbie Bliss

    You girls are an inspiration!!

  • Stefanie Detwiler

    Good luck ladies! Very proud of all your efforts for such a great cause.

  • Mallory Madden

    Go get them NextGen! Beat LLS, Mallory Madden

  • Megan Dotzauer

    You girls are an amazing inspiration! Love, The Dotzauer’s

  • Sara Abercrombie

    Good luck reaching your goal!

  • Jessica & Tony Minneci

    Keep up the great work Girls! You're helping to make a difference and we're all very proud of you!

  • Lisa Worpenberg

    Thank you Ladies, for your efforts. Apex Companies, LLC appreciates what you are doing for Cancer research, and supporting the LLS.

  • Christine Lenahan

    Keep being a bright light in this world!

  • Kendra Hermann

    Good Luck and God bless you!

  • Mary Jo and Tim Donovan

    Gretchen, You are a great role model for our Grandchildren!! Thanks for all you have done and continue to do - Mary Jo and Tim Donovan

  • Mark Addy

    Lily, congrats and good luck in raising dollars for such a great cause.R.

  • Jonathan Roth

    Thank you for your honorable efforts Lily. Best of luck in your continued success. Jonathan Roth

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