Students of the Year Albany

Jessica Borst | Columbia's Got CUREage


Jan 24, 2020

When I was just 18 months old, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). After going through chemotherapy and surgeries, I am now in my 15th year of remission! I am so excited to be raising money for LLS through their Student of the Year competition as a thank you to everything they did for my family and others who are affected by blood cancer. ❤️ 


Welcome to Jessica Borst's SOY Fundraising Page!

Aug 29, 2019

I am honored to participate as a team member 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. I am proud to support my candidate and am raising critical dollars in honor of a young patient hero who is currently battling or is in remission from a blood cancer. 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 stomach cancers, skin cancers, and autoimmune diseases like 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




  • Celeste & Steve

    Jessica.....You go girl!

  • Jane and Jim Wimmer

    Good Luck with SOY

  • Carol Borst

    I know how hard you are working to make this a success. You go! Jessica.

  • Colyn

    Love ya Jess! So proud of you!

  • Mary Signorelli

    Good luck, I know you will do great!

  • The Miano Family

    Such a worthy cause spearheaded by a lovely young lady! Good Luck!!

  • Jill Bonesteel

    Great job Jessica! ❤️

  • Michael and Cari Tierney

    Jessica, What a beautiful and strong woman you have become! God bless you! The Tierney Family

  • Anonymous

    In honor of Jessica Borst.

  • Tara Stachelski

    So proud of you Jessica!

  • (Aunt) Peggy Motta

    Proud of you Jess!!! Fundraising is hard work but so rewarding...keep up the good work!




    JESSICA - good luck in your donation campaign and most Importantly good luck in all your future endeavors. With your college years ahead of you, I'm sure you will continue being optimistic and persistent in meeting all your goals. I'm a friend of your grandfather; he and I went to grammar school together. Ask him to see his 3rd grade class photo (PS 85, Class 3-1, 1950). The little fellow with the Clark Gable ears is me. You come from good stock; keep up the good works that you've demonstrated in the past and you will have a happy and successful life.

  • Mark and Tina Mann

    Once a fighter always a fighter! Jessica you should be very proud of yourself to do such an amazing fundraiser. Wishing you much health and happiness!


    Congratulations to Jessica Borst and her nomination for student of the year.

  • Todd and Tracey LaFreniere

    Good luck Jessica!!

  • Elise Beams

    For one of my favorite second graders of all time

  • Stanley Levy

    I am proud of you Jessica!

  • elisa d. comerford

    best of all good things for you!

  • Eileen and Michael Heltzer

    Go Jess! Proud to support your fundraiser. You are a warrior! Xo Michael, Eileen, Abby and Gwen Heltzer

  • Maureen McKernon

    Good luck! From Maureen & Johan

  • Tina Dishong

    Good luck from the Dishongs!

  • Jason Labombard

    Huge, from New Mexico! Good luck!

  • Lynda Owen

    Good luck on your fundraising! Thank you for your hard work and dedication.

  • Kimberly Edberg

    You are an inspiration to us all.. we love you !!❤️❤️❤️

  • Anonymous

    Best of luck with this worthy cause!!

  • JJ Haywood

    Way to go Jessica!

  • Ray Ray

    Cheers from Michigan!

  • Colleen Pyne

    Good luck!

  • Karin Sencer

    Terrific job Jess! Love the sencer’s

  • Mary Wrobel

    You go girl!!!!

  • Matthew and Krista Petrowski

    Sending our support and love your way! xoxo

  • Mari Lynn Grey

    A beautiful young lady inside and out!

  • Larry Cohen and the Spechts

    Best of luck to a very special young lady. Fondly, Larry Cohen, the Cohens and the Spechts

  • Anonymous

    I am a retired assistant from EGCSD. Thank you for your courage and bravery??.

  • Christine Krenzer

    Awesome job Jessica!!!

  • CJ Motta

    You are doing an amazing job and making a huge difference!!! You should be so proud of yourself. Keep up the good work! We love you.

  • Anthony Donovan

    Vermont Supports

  • Joan Davis

    Hi Jessica! This is near and dear to my heart as I was diagnosed with AML last year Thank you for raising money for such a great cause! ❤️Mrs. Davis

  • Robert Muller

    Great Job, Keep up the good work. I am sure your parents are extremely proud of you for all you have done. Best wishes.

  • Wiltsie Family

    In memory of Ken Wiltsie who attended Columbia H.S. and in support of Jessica Borst who is an example of the best qualities of todays youth.

  • Roberta & Howard Mandell

    We hope for a complete cure for this disease so that no other children will have to go through what you went through

  • Tina and Mike Tierney

    You’re awesome!

  • Jean Sheviak

    I saw the information about your fundraiser in The Advertiser. Good luck!

  • Mona Fabricant

    In honor of all the brave children and parents making the world a better place for the next generation.

  • Thomas A. Schifini

    This is for my life time friend, Pete Hauser, who passed away at age 73 in the summer of 2019. Pete had blood cancer and fought hard to beat it. He was a wonderful man and I miss him everyday. God Bless you for taking on this wonderful project, you should be proud of your efforts.

  • Raymond Borst

    We’re very proud of you. Love ❤️, Papa & Grammy

  • Siobhan Beccalori

    Love you Jessica!

  • Chuck Salerno

    Good luck in reaching ALL your goals in life!

  • The Meisel Family

    Wishing you all the best Jessica!

  • Cheyenne Abbott

    All the way from Kentucky!

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