Students of the Year Houston

Ellie Fetner | Ellie Strong

Welcome to Ellie Fetner's SOY Fundraising Page!

Jan 07, 2020


In May of 2015 when I was 11 years old, after testing negative for flu and strep and a week of fevers, headaches, a sore throat, bruising and fatigue, my mom took me the to the Emergency Room for bloodwork.  The test showed an alarming abnormality in my white and red blood cell count. So much so that I was immediately rushed to the Texas Children’s Hospital Emergency Room in an ambulance. A few terrifying days, a bone marrow biopsy, several blood transfusions, and a lot of blood tests later, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  


I immediately began the 2 ½ year treatment. During that time I endured isolation, countless blood transfusions, platelet transfusions, spinal taps, 7 feeding tubes, a bone marrow biopsy and aspiration, 6 MRI’s, 40 days in the hospital, pneumonia, a port-a- catheter that was surgically implanted in my chest, memory problems, neurological problems, loss of mobility, loss of muscle control, loss of hair, anxiety, panic attacks, homebound school services my entire 6th grade year, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and enough chemotherapy pushed through my veins to kill fast growing cells, which in turn, could kill me too.  BUT...I did it. I made it through the horrific 2 ½ years of treatment. I survived. On September 15, 2017, I proudly rang the end of treatment bell.



Just a few decades ago, children who were diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia were essentially given a death sentence.  The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has been instrumental in funding research that kept me alive. Unfortunately, the battle is far from over.  Up to 90% of childhood cancer survivors will have significant health related issues due to the very medicines that saved their lives. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is not only working to find a cure to end all blood cancers, but to also develop chemotherapies that are less harsh on the human body, reducing the chance of these horrific side effects.  I am dedicated to helping LLS so that no other child has to endure what I endured. No other mother, no other father, no other sister or brother, and no other family.  

I am honored to participate as a candidate for the 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. 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.


All donations to support my campaign 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 for updates and spread the word to family and friends who would also like to donate!

Thank you so much for your support and consideration!

For more information about LLS, please visit




  • Wendy Davis

    I love you and your drive to continue to fight! You’re an amazing girl and the student of the year no doubt! ❤️

  • Melissa Glover

    Proud of you Ellie!!

  • Jeanine Deyoe

    Love Eli Strong!

  • Robin Green Norwood

    Your strength and courage inspires me! God bless you Ellie!

  • Jim Rushing

    Ellie, What an inspiring story of hope and persevering through treatment and recovery. God bless you and keep you.

  • Brenda Dunleavy

    Blessings to you, Ellie! Love your heart and passion to continue involvement in this cause. Keep celebrating every victory! 💕

  • Jennifer Fridley

    Love you always Ellie!!

  • Edwina and Jim Landrum

    Congratulations to Ellie and for all the work she has continued to do for Leukemia patients.Edwina S. Landru

  • Cynthia and Robert Shapley

    Way to go, Ellie! We support you 100% in your quest to be Student of the Year and your on-going commitment to becoming a Nurse Practioner for Pediatric Oncology! Great write-up.

  • Heyward & Kathy Fetner

    Ellie, we are so proud of you and your ability to articulate your message so well! Love, Pop & Nana

  • Ted Loewen


  • Robert Patin

    Ellie, What a great cause in helping children face future challenges in their fight against cancer.

  • Global Shop Solutions

    We will always support #EllieStrong and your efforts to end blood cancer! We are so proud of you!

  • Peggy Winters

    Love your passion!

  • Rebecca McNeese

    Congratulations on being a survivor and bringing awareness to blood cancers. I am an Adult Leukemia survivor who was helped by this wonderful organization. God bless you and your family!??

  • Tamara Haag

    I’m so impressed with all you are doing and have done to increase awareness and research funding for blood cancer. You’re amazing!

  • Elizabeth Kuntz

    Your struggles and strength have been an inspiration to many. Good luck with your fundraising efforts!

  • Wanda Sims

    Good luck Ellie.

  • Kaitlin Loewen

    Great job Ellie!!! So proud of all of your accomplishments.

  • Andrew Treutle

    Write your own “Storybook Ending”!

  • lori alford


  • Carney Rehabilitation Services

    Great Job Ellie!

  • Elizabeth Landgraf

    You are doing awesome things! Keep up the good work!

  • Kristi LeBlanc

    Good luck!

  • Dennis McErlean

    Very impressive story, Ellie! It was like hearing your mom speak at the gala, but from your perspective. You two are quite a fighting team.

  • CC & Adam Spry

    Wishing you all the best, Ellie! Congratulations! So proud of you!

  • Erin and Crew Cones

    Good luck, Ellie!

  • Anonymous

    Keep up the good Ellie! Lots of love. .Jodi and Kelly Teal

  • Carrie Fetner

    So proud of the young woman you have become!!! I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.

  • Sarah Anjo

    I am so proud of you!

  • Amy Bumgardner

    Good Luck Ellie

  • Natalie Gibson

    Go Ellie!!!!!!

  • Karina Pichardo

    Good Luck Ellie! ❤️

  • Amy White

    So in awe of you & your huge heart & beautiful spirit!!

  • Leslie Butterfield

    You are amazing Ellie.

  • Tamara Turner

    Amazing work!!! You are a rockstar!

  • Cecelia Lummus

    Ellie...Toughest girl I know!!

  • Cecilia Lo Cicero

    Keep shining your light Ellie, you are amazing ??

  • Aimed Miller

    Ellie Fetner

  • Scott Gildea

    Great job!!!

  • Tom and Sue Stewart

    Congratulations Ellie! You are an inspiration.


    You are such an inspiration to us all. So proud of you.

  • Isaac Mais

    Very strong & amazing young lady!

  • Linnea Hamilton

    Good luck Ellie!! You’re an amazing girl!

  • Elizabeth & Chris Cearley

    Stay Ellie Strong! Congrats & good luck!

  • Amy Bumgardner

    Good Luck Ellie!

  • Jim Walker

    Keep up the good work Ellie!!!

  • Anonymous

    May God continue to bless you and your progress. We pray your health will be restored and you can continue your life journey and touch others with that God-Given Gorgeous smile!


    You're an Awesome and Amazing young lady Ellie! So very proud of you. :)

  • Katie Johnson

    Love you Ellie. Proud of you. So happy you are healthy.

  • Coreen Frolish

    Amazing journey and so glad you are sharing to help continue the funding and such important research!

  • Behrooze Meymand

    Ellie, your an amazing young lady! I applaud your courage to STAY in the fight after all you and your family have been through. I am privileged to know you and honored to support your campaign for student of the year.

  • Celeste Lewis

    Way to go Ellie!

  • June Mey

    Ellie, it is wonderful to see your participation in ALL. Many patients choose to move on and try to forget the experience of having cancer. Understandable. You have chosen to help others which I find refreshing and heartfelt. May the wind always be at your back.

  • Martha Davis

    Great letter! Good luck! Boompa and Gigi

  • Susan Davis

    Got get ‘em Ellie!

  • Molly Schwarze

    Ellie-you are one, incredible young lady!

  • Jeff&Mary French

    Praise God for your health and healing and congrats on making a difference for future generations!

  • Karin Peterson Ghai

    Illinois for Ellie Fetner!

  • Linnea Hamilton

    Donating for the Great State of California!!😍

  • Jill Tracz

    Lots of love from the Tracz family in CT! XOXO

  • Robin Green Norwood

    Go Ellie!

  • Neely Crist

    Go Team Ellie!

  • Beth Bolen

    Cancel out cancer!

  • Breanna Challicombe

    GO ELLIE!! I am so blessed that our lives crossed paths, it has been incredible to see you grow up over these last 5 years. You are my hero!! Love and miss you girl! Best of luck!

  • Angela Promecene

    In honor of my sister, Tara. Sparkle on, ladybug!

  • Ted Davis

    Good luck Ellie. We’re rooting for you!! Kay and Ted Davis

  • Kathryn Butler

    Hope you reach your goal Ellie!

  • Alexander Marquis

    Proud of your team's efforts.

  • Amy Rheams

    So proud of you ELLIE!

  • Halstead Family

    God’s abundant blessings upon you, precious Ellie! The work you are doing is so important. Praying for you and for all whose lives will be touched through this campaign. xo

  • Jalane Theis

    So proud of you!

  • Adria Stacha

    I love your passion and dedication to this cause, Ellie!!!

  • Dawn Kuhn

    Way to go Ellie! You are a ROCKSTAR!

  • Pam Phillips

    So proud of you!

  • Heather Lindsey

    Good luck Ellie!!

  • Kelly Lipinski

    Good luck Ellie!

  • Margaret Stephens

    Ellie, Thank you for your TIRELESS effort to cure cancer. I'm so proud of the young lady you've become and consider myself so lucky to have met you in such a transformational time for you. You inspired me then and even more today. Best of luck in your final days.

  • David Tracz

    Best of Luck in your Campaign!

  • Robyn Pirtle

    Good luck Ellie! I hope you raise a ton of money!!

  • Tiffany Gonzales

    You go, girl! So proud of you, Ellie!

  • Lisa Ashford are amazing!!!

  • Sarah Druebert

    Way to be a fighter Ellie and continuing to pay it forward!! ❤️

  • Jeffrey Gossett

    Ellie - We admire your courage and passion. Kam and Jeff

  • Catherine Pi-Sunyer

    It has been amazing to watch you on your journey. We are so proud of you!

  • Julie Harter

    Best of luck Ellie!!

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