Upstate NY/VT Students of the Year

Rylyn Swierzewski | Rylyn Swierzewski's Campaign Team

Welcome to Rylyn Swierzewski's SOY Fundraising Page!

Jan 11, 2018

Thank you for visiting my page!

My name is Rylyn Swierzewski, I'm a sophomore at Albany High School. When I was in second grade I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

I spent two years in and out of the hospital fighting for my life. On February 1st, I will be 6 years cancer free! I joined LLS's mission to cure all blood cancers in 2012 as girl of the year. I enjoy helping this organization because I know what these patients and their families go through in the time they are in the hospital.
Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign. Thanks to your support, my efforts, will help fund the therapies and treatments and help save lives today. LLS's continued advancements over the years are responsible for the blood cancer survival rate doubling and tripling; in some cases, the survival rate has even quadrupled.


And many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers. They're even being tested in clinical trials for patients with a range of cancers including lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. LLS funded drugs are now being tested for patients with other non-cancerous diseases like Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis.

We really are changing the face of blood cancer!

All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. They'll not only support LLS research but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.

Please visit my Web site often and bring friends who would also like to donate!

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

For more information about LLS, please visit


Show Comments (3)



  • Meghan D'Alessandro

    Go Rylyn!!! So proud of you. Hoping you stay cancer free!

  • Debbie Odorizzi

    Rylyn Swierzewski ~ Student of The Year!!! Love,The Odorizzi Family

  • Debra Calvo McNicholas

    Rylen! We are all so proud of you. I'd expect nothing less than for you to go above and beyond and give back. Best of luck and I am rooting for you to meet your goal!

  • Brendan, Amanda & Aubrey Connor

    You are a survivor and an inspiration! We love you Rylyn!

  • Tara Connor

    Love you Ry!

  • Shannon Van Dyke

    Good luck Rylyn!

  • Kelly Connor

    The world needs more people like you ry❤️

  • Rebecca Giglio

    My family and I are so, so sorry to hear of your grandmother's passing. I'll always remember how loving she was, how she got such a kick out of the ridiculous, silly games we would play, how she always took an interest in us, how she was such a calm, comforting, positive presence around your house. We are so happy to support Rylyn and the Leukemia society, and to honor such a special person.

  • The K Team at NSES

    Ry, your mom's kindergarten squad is SO proud of you and your efforts to raise the much needed funds to combat this horrendous disease! Your grandma is surely smiling as she watches and encourages you from above! Big hugs from Heather, Wanda, Gloria and Rita <3

  • NSES K Team

    Adding to our previous donation! Our new K team member, April supports your effort too! Go Ry!! :)

  • The Boham Family

    So proud of you Rylyn. The Bohams

  • Mary Murphy

    I love your enthusiasm for helping to find a cure!!! God bless you and good luck in everything you do!!!☘️

  • Theresa Spross

    So proud of you!! Stay happy and healthy. Love, The Spross family

  • Mcshane Family

    We are always in awe of all you continue to do to contribute to such a wonderful cause. Happy to see so many years cancer free now and pray for so many more! Love, The McShane Family

  • The Welcome Family

    Rylyn, I am beyond proud of you! Your determination has been evident from second grade! There is no one better for “Student of the Year”! Continue to shine sweet girl! Love, Mrs. Welcome & Family

  • Dona


  • Janice Driscoll

    What an awesome way to celebrate your anniversary! So happy to make a donation! Janice Driscoll

  • Vibetta Sanders PHES

    Way to go! True Leadership!

  • Kammy Catchman

    May God continue to bless Rylyn with good health??

  • Mary Jo Moran

    Thanks for all you do. You're wonderful!

  • Kristen Clancy

    Your story has always been so inspiring to me. I love the way you have chosen to make the most of the life you have been given! Good luck on reaching your goal! NSES and the Albany community already believe you to be Student of the Year! -Kristen ❤

  • A Hackett Faculty Member

    Your courage is inspirational!

  • Christina Connor

    Ry, you are such a positive force and an extraordinary person!

  • LaBatt Family

    Way to go, Rylyn - we are so HAPPY for you !! Love, The LaBatt Family

  • holly rich

    This amazing lady passed away 4 years ago! Her smile and wonderful memories live on!

  • Judy Wetstein

    I'm not good with words so I'm going to keep this short. Marty, I hope you are happy and I miss you. Love Judy (Wetstein)

  • John Deer

    Way to go Rylyn!

  • Laila Schwinge

    You don’t know me Ry, but I grew up with your mom and all your aunts and uncles in New City. So glad to hear you are doing well! So great that you are giving back in this wonderful way!

  • Timothy Shepard

    Keep up the good work Rylyn!Good luck! Tim and Stefanie Shepard - Freihofer's Baking Company

  • The Tabakian Family

    Great job Rylyn, Love the Tabakian Family

  • Ed Tourge Jr.

    In memory of my brother -in-law Bill DeSanto, who passed away from AML on December 12, 2010.

  • Samuel Breslin

    This is one brave kid - I wish more young people this kind of courage, dedication, and eloquence. I am a local business owner, and have never met Rylyn. She reached out through my website and I am delighted to make this donation. Good luck!

  • Elissa Bucci

    Rylyn, You're the BEST! Love, Mrs.Bucci

  • Debbie Banda

    Go Rylyn! And in memory of my sister, Marianne.

  • Betty Means

    Best wishes from Washington State! Only 4 or 5 degrees of separation, proving friends are everywhere. Have a good life, Rylyn!

  • Anonymous

    Every little bit helps...

  • Maggie Eager

    You can check Colorado off your list!!

  • Michele Kimball

    I'm a friend of David McNally's who told me about your fundraising effort. Good luck & God bless!

  • Kathy Floyd

    Hope this helps from Georgia! I'm a friend of David McNally and a cancer survivor.

  • Mark Krasnoff

    Great job raising funds!

  • Lawrence Weiss

    You have our heartfelt support and encouragement from way up North...

  • Midlakes Intermediate School

    Your Aunt Siobhan shared your story with us. We, at Midlakes Intermediate School, are happy to donate and thank you for your courage and dedication.

  • Minnesota Perket

    Minnesota Pride, Happy to donate!

  • Ilene

    Go Rylyne!

  • Anonymous

    Supporting Rylyn’s laudable campaign.

  • Amy Jaffe

    Rylyn I am so profoundly proud of you kiddo! Keep shining your beautiful light <3!

  • Laura Polacheck

    Way to go girl!

  • Jeff Miller

    You're an inspiration. We wish you good luck in your endeavors

  • Karen Vecellio

    Best wishes to you Rylyn! You are a beautiful, strong and courageous young lady!

  • Stephanie and Dan Curry

    For you Rylyn with love

  • Karen Hotaling

    Dedicated to my dear friend, Marilyn, who passed away 9 years ago yesterday from Lymphoma.

  • Julia Dunn

    Rylyn, it was such an honor to meet you! So happy to share your story with our Capital Region viewers. You should be very proud. Best of luck to you :) x Julia Dunn, CBS6 News

  • Tracey Freeman

    Rylyn, It is hard to believe that it has been 6 years! You are an inspiration to our family and to so many others. I am so glad to have been your "secret admirer" throughout the toughest of times. You have a smile that lights up the whole world around you! Keep up the faith and we admire your strength and willingness to make a difference. Love, Tracey and the whole Freeman Family:-)

  • Rex Smith

    In honor of the great-great-great-granddaughter (or more) of the founder of the Times Union, John Henry Farrell, Rylyn Swierzewski.

  • David and Lesli Swierzewski

    Hugs to you Ry!

  • Tina Bermudez

    Go Ry!

  • Barbara Warner

    You are such an inspiration! Dave and Barbara Murray Warner

  • Marjorie Ciotti

    Thanks for all your hard work for the LLS, Rylyn! You are an inspiration to us all!

  • Albany Police Department

    You’re a true inspiration. Good luck, Rylyn! We’re rooting for you. ~ Your friends at the Albany Police Department

  • Nicole Seipp Family

    Rylyn, you are a inspiration and beautiful inside and out.

  • Uncle David and Aunt Lesli

    Go Steakie! Keep up the great work!

  • Maddie's Mark Foundation

    Maddie's Mark Foundation is grateful for your work ♡ Gavin and Payton Fitzpatrick nominated your campaign for support ♡

  • Amy Gauen

    You're doing such a great job! Keep it up.

  • Jennifer Pelesz

    Congrats and Good Luck Rylyn!!

  • Greg Floyd

    Go get "em Rylyn -- so proud of all you're doing! It's an honor to be your friend.

  • Ryan Hungershafer

    Good luck Rylyn!!

  • Jennifer Pearce

    in Honor of the wonderful Rylyn Swierzewski and her family who fought the battle well

  • Edward Walsh Jr.

    Rylyn, you are an inspiration to all. Good Bless you for your dedication to everyone that has helped you and your dedication to everyone that you are trying to help with this great cause!

  • Cyndy Allen

    Go Rylyn!!

  • Lisa Ferguson

    You are a special young lady, Rylyn, a true inspiration! Praying for all of your dreams to come true! God bless you always! :)

  • Laurie Lester

    Rylyn, you are amazing!! So proud of your willingness to give back and raise money to fight this disease. You are such a positive force and are surely destined to do so much more in your life. Keep your positive attitude and determined ways. We miss seeing your smiling face! Much love, the Lester’s

  • Gail Harris

    Rylyn you are a very brave little / big girl ! XO Gail Q Harris

  • Kathleen Mineau

    Rylyn, Reading about your accomplishments and trials humbles me. It's easy to see why your Mom ( a very special woman too!) is so enormously proud of you. Best of luck to you always! Kathy Mineau

  • Ashley Lakis

    My girl Ry I am beyond proud of you!!! You are an inspiration to everyone! Your dedication, motivation and perseverance are incredible! Love you!

  • Kaweeda Adams

    City School District of Albany Cabinet Members

  • Kaweeda and Eric Adams

    Kaweeda and Eric Adams

  • Michael and Kevin Hotaling

    Rylyn, our mom has told us so much about you and how dedicated you are to helping find a cure for Leukemia/Lymphoma. We are happy to contribute to your valiant effort!

  • Jane & Steve

    Rylyn, you are an inspiration to the Connor Family. Fondly, Jane & Steve Young

  • Janis K

    Nice work girlfriend!!!

  • Theodora Lois

    In honor of Rylyn Connor! What an amazing Girl you have Tania and Family:) She's an Angel on earth? May she always be smiling!??

  • Kathleen Axtmann

    I love you Rylyn xoxo Joey Axtmann

  • Wendy Czerwinski

    Rylyn, you're such a special young lady... an unstoppable and an inspiration to all who know you! Love and hugs!

  • Gina Grant

    You’re an amazing girl Ry! Thank you for all you’re doing - you’re truly an inspiration to so many in so many ways !! ❤️

  • Hsu Family

    Much love from the Hsu family

  • Deidra and Christopher Curtis

    We are so proud of your dedication to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Rylyn. We are donating in honor of you and in memory of my mother Jean Sovocool, who fought her ouwn courageous battle against leukemia.

  • Nancy Chamberlain

    You are my HERO Rylyn Swierzewski ! ! !

  • Leslie Connor & Peter Hanson

    Grandma loved you and was so proud of you. So are we. Love, Aunt Leslie & Uncle Peter

  • Tracy Wetstein

    Hi Rylyn, I knew your Grandma and thought she was a very special lady. My Mom (Judy Wetstein) was good friends with her. You might know her, I'm not sure. I wanted to do a little something to show that your Grandma was loved and I will always think of her. I am so happy to hear you are 6 years cancer free. And I hope that as time goes by, it gets easier to accept that Marty has passed. All my best to you and your family. Tracy Wetstein

  • The Wolfe Family

    So happy for you Rylyn, and for your family! Lots of love and good health to you! XOXO Love, the Wolfe family

  • valerie curry

    You are such a wonderful young lady.

  • Steven Connor

    Supporting my neice rylyn

  • Siobhan Connor & Ben Rozelle

    You are such an inspiration to everyone who knows you! We love you bunches and bunches!!!! Aunt Siobhan & Uncle Ben

  • Ann Marie LaVallo

    Dear Rylyn - Congratulations on this effort! We are big fans of your mom's going back to School 19 days! Best of wishes, The Gorman Family

  • Michele Murray

    Rylyn, you are such an inspiration to our family! Thank you for just being you! xoxo

  • National Ramp National Ramp

    We are happy to support your amazing mission.

  • Cher Salerno

    Keep going Rylyn!

  • Shannon Connor

    You are so amazing Ry! We love you!

  • Hitlin Photography Inc.

    Keep up the fight! Wishing you all the best! Hitlin Photography Inc., (Keith & Meghan Hitlin)

  • James Loughrey

    For Ryan swierzeski . I am a friend of dave swierzeski. James Loughrey

  • Faith Murray

    So happy for you and glad to help out in your campaign. I have heard about you from your Uncle David (since I work in his office!). Best wishes from NH

  • Craig O’Connell

    You’re awesome Ryln. Craig & Sue (Lesli’s brother and sister in law from Georgia)

  • Frances OConnell

    Have heard so much about you from Lesli and David. You are an inspiration to all.

  • Richard D?Avino

    I love supporting Rylyn and her whole family ... in honor of her courage and her inspiring journey. Her Aunt Leslie’s words bear repeating ... “Grandma loved you and was so proud of you.” While always “Mrs. Connor” to me, I know she’ll always be “Grandma” to the amazing Rylyn! Rick D’Avino

  • Patricia Massimi

    What a beautiful thing to do! Stay well.


    You rock keep up the good work!!!!!!

  • Friends of Steven,Wadsworth Labs

    In memory of Marcia Connor.

  • Maureen Dickey

    Rylyn, you are an inspiration. Wishing you health, happiness and success always! Maureen and Dan Carubia

  • Janet Cooper

    You are Amazing.

  • Steven Hahn

    Good luck Ryan!

  • Joseph Simmons

    Meep up a good fight..praying for you and your family

  • Ken Helander

    From Alaska. Best wishes for good health.

  • Karen Loggia

    Good luck from Kansas!

  • Ron Bridges

    Kudos Rylyn!

  • Anonymous

    Rooting for you from AZ!

  • Anonymous

    You are an inspiration! Stay well.

  • Valerie Shaut

    God bless.

  • Lawrence & Ronnie Connor

    Rylyn, You are an inspiration to all. So glad our girl have such an amazing role model. We love you Uncle Lawrence, Aunt Ronnie, Skylar, Beckham, Peyton and Seamus

  • Pete Jeffries

    Good luck on Student of the Year!!!

  • Nancy George

    Best of luck with your campaign. You are truly someone to admire.

  • Sarah Haws

    Great work Rylyn

  • Dr. Beth Hendlin

    Go Rylyn! The office of Dr. Beth Hendlin are rooting for you.

  • Kathy Brannock

    Supporting you from Indiana!

  • CSArch Architecture | Engineering | Construction Management

    Rylyn, We are happy to be able to support you in this cause! Go Team Rylyn!

  • The Odorizzi Family

    This donation is in loving memory of your mom,Tania.

  • Darri Scalzo

    So proud of you, Rylyn! Change the world! The Scalzo's

  • Mary Stevens


  • Kathleen Hatch

    Way to go, Rylyn! My son, Liam, went to school with your brothers. We knew you as a little girl and love seeing you kicking ass as you grow up. Must be the brothers...

  • Jodi Shepard

    This is such a great thing you are doing! :)

  • Lisa Austin

    So very proud of you Ry! You've got this! Love, Hugs & Smooches!

  • Chittur Family

    Keep up the good work Rylyn! Your battles and efforts will serve as motivation for others.

  • Sue Adler

    Great work!

  • Beth Indovina

    So proud of you Rylan!

  • Bill Sullivan

    Rylyn, Very proud to see your hard work in giving back, I have had the pleasure to be with you in the Melodies of Christmas Show. Your always very positive and a true fighter as you fought this disease and won. Bill and Jennifer Sullivan/Freihofer Baking Company.

  • Lawrence Bizzarro & Family

    I am so proud and happy for you Rylyn. You are a one of a kind student who appreciates nature and values family. The world needs more people like you! You truly are an inspiration. Best wishes on staying healthy.

  • Isabella Caruso

    Ry you are an inspiration to us all and especially Isabella! You are showing her that anything is possible. Good luck in everything you do.

  • Laura Scotto

    Best wishes for a healthy future and succesful findraising. Laura Scotto

  • Alicia LeBuis

    Rylyn, Congratulations and keep reaching for the stars! You are an amazing young lady! ✨ The LeBuis Family

  • Michelle Hochmuth

    So proud of you Rylyn! Good luck!!

  • Sabrina & Paul Mosseau

    Ry- you are a force to be reckoned with! Your courage, love for your family, and service to your community is inspiring. I wish you every health and happiness, this world is a better place because of individuals like you!

  • Nadine Azarian & daughter Julia

    Rylyn - So sorry you had to go through that, you are an inspiration, so strong! Here's to kicking cancer's butt - you rock!

  • Lisa Angerame and Jim Ketterer

    You're an inspiration to everyone, Rylyn! Rock on.

  • Nicholas Abrams

    Love and hugs!???? Dawn

  • Debbie Scoggin

    Your Grandmother will always have a special place in my heart.

  • Olivia Amedio

    ?? proud of you

  • Michael & Jill Castellano

    Hi Rylyn, We are all so happy you are healthy and growing into a wonderful, caring young lady.

  • John Sawyer

    Keep up the good work! You are an inspiration!

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