Student Visionaries of the Year Richmond

Grace Etherington | Be the Light For Life

Grace's Student Visionaries of the Year Fundraiser

Mar 23, 2023

Please note, gifts made on this page after 4:00 pm on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 will NOT be counted towards the competition for the 2023 Virginia Student Visionaries of the Year.  To make a gift that WILL be credited to this candidate’s competition total after 4:00 pm on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 please visit the following link and select the candidate you would like to support:


I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) 2023 Viginia Student Visionaries of the Year program. This leadership development program includes a seven-week fundraising campaign that runs from February 1st to March 21st, in which students across the country raise funds and awareness for LLS. Today, I ask you for your support of my campaign and LLS's mission to find a cure for blood cancers and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. 


I am leading a team of fellow students, friends and family across the U.S. who are partnering with me on this journey. Together, we set an ambitious fundraising goal of $50,000! It's a whopper, but we're passionate about making a significant impact in the fight against cancer. The money raised helps LLS, the largest nonprofit dedicated to creating a world without blood cancers, fund cutting-edge research and treatments. Research also benefits non-blood cancers too. More than 40% of new cancer treatment drugs aprroved by the FDA since 2004 started as blood cancer drugs and are now being used to treat other forms of cancer. 


LLS's mission is very close to my heart. In recent years, I have known many friends and family battling with different forms of cancer, including blood cancers. A 13-year old classmate was diagnosed with leukemia, a friend's mom was diagnosed with terminal lymphoma, and that only scratches the surface. I have watched loved ones close to me - my grandfathers, my aunt, and friends young and old - live with the struggles and challenges that come from treatments and doing everyday activities. We lost my grandfather to cancer last year because he wasn't diagnosed and treated in time. That should never happen. I want to create a world where we are all survivors!


I am personally excited and honored to be participating in the Student Visionaries of the Year program. My family has a long history of supporting cancer research and I'm proud to join their legacy in the pursuit of a cure. My campaign will provide support to the critical work of LLS in the hopes that one day, no one will have to grow up without the ones they love. I know that with your help, I can reach my goal and make a direct impact in the fight against blood cancers. 


Thank you in advance for contributing to a campaign so personal to me, and please remember, every bit counts. 


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




IN HONOR OF: Hollis Daniels, Susan Anderson, Joe Fariss, Hurst Kelley, Bob Faron, M.W. "Dyke" Peebles, Thomas Carley, Robert Carlon, Caroline Dunn, and so many others.

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  • TowneBank of Chesterfield

    Grace, thanks for your energy and passion around finding a cure for a disease that impacts so many lives!

  • Anonymous

    In Memory of my sister, Jean, who died of over radiation due to her breast cancer.

  • Anthony Sessa

    Wonderful Cause Grace, happy to contribute.

  • Nancy Nolan

    In memory of my dad, and in honor of Gracie! You go, girl!

  • Cap One

    Happy to support such an amazing cause!

  • Allison Domson

    Good luck!

  • Tom Davidson

    We were very fond your grandfather. Her would be very proud of you.

  • Brookie Bates

    This is an amazing cause, Grace! Thank you for your hard work and dedication.


    So glad you are doing this. In honor of my sister-in-law Stephanie Downs

  • Kerry Blumberg

    Thank you for fundraising for this very important cause!

  • Mike Wooden

    We are proud to support a great cause and a fantastic young leader. Good luck Grace!

  • Matthew Gedney

    Thank you for supporting such a wonderful cause and good luck with your goal!

  • Meg Turner

    For Grace Etherington’s fundraising page

  • Anonymous

    Happy to support Grace and this amazing work!

  • Ellen T. Bonbright

    Thanks for your hard work, Grace!

  • Jennifer Raulet

    Way to go!!

  • Meg and David Hendrick Downs

    Well done Grace!!

  • Christopher Brackett

    A truly wonderful cause, Gracie - you're leadership, dedication, and commitment are an inspiration - I am glad to support your, your team's, efforts on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. And congratulations on your nomination as a candidate for LLS's 2023 Virginia Student Visionaries of the Year program. Good luck in reaching your fund raising goal.

  • Kelleher Orthodontics

    Happy to contribute!

  • Jennifer Britton

    Glad we can support this great cause.

  • Beth and Ry Marchant

    Grace, I admire your dedication and effort in raising money for such a worthy cause. Good luck and keep it up!! Beth and Ry Marchant

  • James McCarthy

    Kudos Grace Etherington! This is great cause and charity. I am a cancer survivor and understand just how far reaching these diseases are. Keep up the fight!

  • Donald Dietz

    Way to go, Gracie. I know Moonie is proud of you and I'm sure your grandfather would be too. Don Dietz Princeton '68

  • Eva M. Hartmann

    Great work, Gracie!

  • Betsy Beamer

    Thank you Grace for doing this. I am a cancer survivor and have someone from mychurh battling leukemia right now. I am supporting another girl doing this down in NC and am happy to support you as well. Betsy and Jim Beamer

  • Catherine McSorley

    This is in memory of the friends and family lost to cancer and in honor of the survivors. Thanks for your commitment and leadership to the cause Grace. Catherine and John McSorley

  • John and Lynn Moreau

    Happy to support you, Grace! Than you for your passion for this. From your neighbors in Whitaker Woods

  • Herbert Beck

    Grace, Keep doing great things!! Ingrid & Herb

  • Susan Moenssens Rogers

    We are so proud of you, Gracie! You have amazing talent in art and music! Your energy in championing the fight of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for cancer research may have helped save the lives of many people.I have been greatly moved by the talks you have given in support of LLS. Thank you for being a leader in this fight to stamp out cancer! Love you so much! Grandma!

  • Marvin Stokes

    Important cause!

  • Michael Winsey

    Great work and good luck!

  • Kelley Bright

    Good luck Grace meeting you goal!

  • Beth Browde

    Congratulations for taking on this important effort.

  • Steve Reynolds

    You go girl!

  • Patrick Sweeney

    Great cause Grace!

  • James Vaughan

    Very happy to help support a really important cause.

  • Susan Potter

    Glad to help Grace Etherington's efforts to raise money for LLS.

  • Kelsey Smith

    We support you, Grace!

  • Colette Tatum

    This donation is in honor of Caroline Dunn. Stay strong!

  • Robb Harrington

    Great cause to fundraise for!

  • Kimberli Vida

    Thank you, Grace, for your selfless hard work for this great cause! Cancer is a huge concern of ours, since we've lost several firefighter friends from Richmond Fire in the past 25 years to cancer. Firefighters are at a 30% greater risk for cancer than the average person. Your vision & commitment to this project will positively impact many!

  • Blyakhman Family

    Way to go Gracie. What a great project. We are proud of you and your achievements!

  • Will Manuel

    Grace, keep up the goos work! You are making a difference for others.

  • Erwin Vanderheyden

    Great work Grace! Support from Schoten-Belgium Erwin, Els, Rembrandt, Yente and Christof, Hanne , Inke!! Keep going!!

  • Matt Kinton

    In honor of my friend Nolan who defeated AML... Gracie, thank you for dedicating yourself to such a worthy cause.

  • Tom Tichenor

    Thank you.

  • Donna McGrath

    Grace good luck to you and your team in reaching your goal, and much success in your fight against cancer!

  • Linda Vernon

    My cousin was diagnosed with this form of cancer. It has not been an easy road. I am happy to contribute to this cause. Good Luck Grace!

  • Pete Maxwell

    Good luck in achieving your goal.

  • Sam Liu

    Best of luck reaching your goal!

  • Diana Jamison

    Good luck with your project. Diana

  • Deborah Doolittle

    Good Luck!

  • Margaret Cobb

    I am making this donation in honor of my brother, Donald, who passed away from Leukemia one month before his 12th birthday. Thank you for dedicating these many hours to fundraising for such an important cause. May the Lord bless you richly for your sincere efforts and continue to fill your life with vision and purpose.

  • Lucy Casey

    Praying for THE CURE!

  • Heather Moore

    Thank you Grace for all of your hard work.

  • Meredith and Marshall Luck

    Grace we are so proud of you and your efforts for such a wonderful cause. Meredith and Marshall Luck

  • Rich Bailey

    Ilost a cousin to Leukemia and truly appreciate the organization and the fundraising here. Thanks Grace!!

  • LaCinda Glover

    Good luck!

  • Ravin Jesuthasan

    Wishing you a speedy recovery Grace

  • Leslie & Jeff Winneberger

    A cause close to my heart. Your grandpa would be so very proud Gracie!

  • Chrystal and Rick Telfian

    Great work for a great cause !

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