Student Visionaries of the Year Houston

Katie and Julia Polnau | Team Quest for a Cure

LLS Student Visionaries of the Year Fundraiser

Jan 18, 2023

Hi! Our names are Katie and Julia Polnau, and we are juniors at St. Agnes Academy.  This year, we are honored to be selected as co-candidates of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Student Visionaries of the Year Campaign.  We have formed a team of 14 friends, named Quest for a Cure, and have kicked off the fundraising effort for the LLS campaign.  Our team is working to raise as much as possible to help LLS achieve its mission to cure blood cancer and improve the quality of life of more than 1.5 million Americans living with blood cancers.​​​​​​


We are participating in this program because many people in our family have faced cancer. While some were fortunate enough to survive with treatment, others unfortunately, did not survive or are currently fighting an inspiring, brave fight. As we got involved with LLS, we learned even more about the impact they make, which makes this mission even more important to us.  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​As a global leader in the fight against blood cancer, LLS:

  • Funds cutting-edge research leading to breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine that are improving and saving the lives of cancer patients and people with other diseases.
  • Provides free education and support for blood cancer patients and families, including personalized, one-on-one support, assistance with identifying and enrolling in clinical trials, and more.
  • Mobilizes thousands of advocates to drive policy changes to accelerate the development of new cancer treatments and break down barriers to care.​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Our team goal is to raise $25,000-$50,000 between now and March 4th, 2023. We are determined to achieve this goal and your contribution--large or small--is greatly appreciated and makes a big difference!


Please consider joining this fight by making a tax-deductible donation. There are many ways you can help.

  • Use the Donate Today button on this webpage to make your donation.
  • Please share this link with friends who might also like to donate.
  • See if your employer matches here: .  If your employer matches, please ask them to include "SVOY Julia and Katie Polnau" in the Memo section.
  • Support the Grand Finale Gala by letting us know if you want to donate an Auction item, or if you know a company that would be interested in buying an advertisement or being a sponsor.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​With your support, we hope our efforts will help ensure this generation is the last to see cancer.​​​​​​​

With sincere thanks,​​​​​​

Katie and Julia


​​​​​​​For more information about LLS, please visit




  • Jill Clement

    Best of luck!!

  • Cletus & Mary Ann Zimmerman

    Cancer has impacted our family

  • Tan Family

    Way to go Katie and Julia! What a great cause and what big hearts you have!

  • Denise Plaskett

    Way to keep supporting cancer research!

  • Cathy Sharp

    What a great cause! I hope this helps with future break throughs in cancer research! Best of luck Katie and Julia! Cathy Sharp

  • Kim Pratel

    What a mission! Keep up the great work! Kim Pratel

  • David King

    Amazing - This made my day. Great work!!!

  • Christine LaFollette

    Proud of the Polnau’s

  • Janet and David Cunningham

    Great job working to support this important cause!

  • Sandy Atwood

    Great cause Julia and Katie!

  • Bin Yu

    Thank you for doing this!!

  • Avery & Savannah Wheeler

    Thank you for helping change lives!

  • Dr. Barbara Schroeder

    It was an honor to bring you into this world

  • Brindley Drake

    So proud of you girls. Keep up the good work! - Mrs. Drake

  • Dee and Robert Jackson

    Happy to support your fundraiser. Dee and Robert Jackson

  • Trenton Riley

    Good work!

  • Jackie Wanebo

    Great job fund raising for cancer!!

  • Sobiesk Family

    So Proud of the Polnau Team!

  • Scott & Jodi Vogan

    Great work

  • Karen Meyer

    Thank you Julia and Katie for selecting this organization for your fundraiser. Cancer affects so many families.

  • Brenda White

    Rex had a deep compassion for others.

  • eryn elliott

    Way to go girls

  • Bernstein & Associates, Inc.

    Wishing Katie, Julia and the entire Quest for a Cure team much success!

  • Stephanie Lawrence

    You go girls!

  • Beth and Matt Cole

    So proud of you, Julia and Katie!

  • Jennifer McCarthy

    Good work girls. Keep doing big things.

  • Dan and Kimm

    Great cause! Good luck reaching your goal! Dan & Kimm

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