Student Visionaries of the Year Northwest Ohio

Nataleigh Hartman | Nat's Cancer Crushing Crew

Nataleigh's Student Visionaries of the Year Fundraiser

Jan 19, 2023

At 16 months old I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. I don't recall much of my treatment. My experience has been relayed to me through stories my parents have told, pictures I have seen, and a treatment plan printed out in a three-ring binder. Although I don't remember the countless days spent in the hospital, the trips to the ER, the needle sticks, or feeling sick, the seriousness of this disease is not lost on me today.


My treatment lasted for two years, two months, and six days. I was given nine different chemotherapies; some taken orally, some injected intramuscularly, some through my IV, and some injected directly into my spinal cord. I had a port-a-cath surgically placed in my chest and a PICC line in my arm for IV access. When I was diagnosed, I was the youngest patient with cancer in the oncology clinic. While other kids were in preschool or at daycare, my sister and I were in the infusion room playing with dolls that had the same bandages and scars as me. This was my normal. Along with the needlesticks and medications I was given, I was also given unconditional love and support.


I grew up attending events supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and watching my parents fundraise through Team In Training and other groups bringing awareness to LLS. In 2013 I was asked to be the inaugural Northwest Ohio Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Girl of the Year. Now, 10 years later, I am a senior in high school running as a candidate in the Student Visionary of the Year campaign. I am leading a multi-generational team of twenty-four members ranging in age from 14 to 58. Ten years from now, I hope to be competing in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Visionaries of the Year campaign. I hope to be the first person to earn all three titles: Girl of the Year, Student Visionary of the Year, and Visionary of the Year.


My team and I are running under the pillar of research. My hope is that we can raise money to make treatments shorter and more effective.


With your help, I can give back to the people and charity that helped me while I was sick.














  • Lauer Family

    Thanks for advocating for such a great cause. Keep doing great things for others!

  • Andrew & Jessica Vollmar

    Good Luck Nat!

  • Jenny Plumadore

    You rock, Nat. Proud of you!! ~ Aunt Jen

  • The Schiffel Family

    Never stop! Nate & Melissa Schiffel

  • Jerry & Gina Swartz and family

    Go Nat! So proud of you!

  • Deborah Belleville

    Go Nat! Keep on working hard.

  • Jodi Cox

    Good Luck Nat.

  • Karen and Ed

    You go girl! Sending love to you and your team!!

  • Alan and Sandi Carsey

    Good luck!!

  • The Robinson Family

    Thanks for raising money for such a good cause!

  • Betsy Roberts

    Good luck in raising funds, Nataleigh! You're a great kid who has a bright future:)

  • Gwen Howe-Gebers

    Good Luck!

  • Rick Diegel

    Good Luck!

  • Hartman David

    Good luck Nat! We are proud of you!

  • The Berry Family

    Wishing you and your team the best ! -The Berry Family

  • Judy Arps

    Good Luck Nataleigh!! You are awesome.

  • Jasmine Flores

    I’m your biggest fan <3

  • JaySean Johnson

    Cancer, kinda cringe tbh

  • Brad & Judy Conner

    Good luck Nat.

  • Wintersgate Press, LLC

    Keep fighting for that cure!

  • Barbara Sinn

    Good luck Nat!

  • Blake & Stephanie Pilgrim

    Goodluck Nataleigh!

  • Tammy & Gene Poor

    Good Luck Nataleigh, and thanks to you and your team for bringing awareness of LLS and for raising money for research to fight this horrible disease.

  • John and Pam Shumaker

    Thank you for sharing your remarkable journey and helping LLS raise funding and awareness to help others.

  • Al Alvord

    Go Nat go!

  • Ray and Jami Baer

    You are a true inspiration??

  • Tricia Hornyak

    Good Luck!

  • Ashley Tatham

    Keep crushing! Good luck Nat and crew!

  • Gary and Sue Donaldson

    Nataleigh, We are former Otsego residents with both of our children graduating from Otsego , Erin in 1998 and Justin in 2001. We now live in a villa at the Otterbein- Pemberville Senior Living Community. We have supported the LLS Student Visionary program the last 4 years. Good luck, Nataleigh in this endeavor and in your future plans. Sue Donaldson 808 Rose Ct, Pemberville, Ohio 43450

  • Marcy Latham

    So proud of "my Baby Nat". Grandma Marcy

  • Leslie Hartman

    In honor & memory of your heavenly Grandma & Grandpa Hartman. Love to you all.

  • Patti Whitcomb

    Thank you, Nat, for working so hard to bring awareness and raise funding to help other families affected by blood cancers! You’re truly an inspiration.

  • Knight & Day Cafe

    Good luck Nat and team. -Knight & Day Cafe

  • Lisa Austin

    Best of luck to you Nataleigh! We appreciate your hard work and efforts to bring awareness for LLS!

  • Anonymous

    Your story is amazing. Best wishes. Craig & Miriam Batke

  • JA Spalding

    Congratulations on being cancer free! Our Mikey did not win his battle and he is sorely missed. We are glad to support your efforts towards a cure.

  • Downey Plumbing Heating Cooling & Elec

    Good Luck to Nat's Cancer Crushing Crew

  • Gordon & Robin Digby

    Your story and your willingness to speak about it really touched us.

  • Cory and Nicole Asmus

    Thank you for helping make the future better for these fighters xo

  • Cynthia Wexler

    So proud of Nat’s work for the leukemia society and the wonderful parents who raised her. In memory of my mother-in-law Lois Wexler who died from aplastic anemia and my brother-in-law who died from non Hodgkin’s lymphoma years after a stem cell transplant for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

  • Kirby & Stephanie Gerken

    Way to go!!

  • Don DeSloover

    Nataleigh thank you so much for your fundraising efforts! Best of luck to you in this and all future endeavors!

  • Mom and Dad

    We are very proud of you!!

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