Student Visionaries of the Year Richmond

Gavin O'Connell | Team Raising for Research

Gavin's Student Visionaries of the Year Fundraiser

Feb 15, 2024

I had the privilege of being nominated as a candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2024 Virginia Student Visionaries of the Year campaign. Student Visionaries of the Year is a seven-week leadership development program for high school students that runs from February 20th to April 12th to raise money to help blood cancer patients not only survive but thrive after treatment.  I am writing today to ask 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.  

I have created a team of committed friends and family to partner with me on this journey. Together, we have set a fundraising goal of $25,000!  LLS funds the most promising blood cancer research across the globe and forges collaborations to accelerate new discoveries, treatments, and cures. With a more than 70-year track record, LLS has supported virtually every advancement in blood cancer treatment – including approaches once thought impossible. LLS has invested more than $1.5 billion in cancer research since 1949, leading to breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics, and personalized medicine that are improving and saving patients’ lives.​ 

I am raising money to support research for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of blood cancers. I’ve experienced a loss in my family due to cancer and I want to prevent others from suffering those losses. My campaign will provide support to the critical work of LLS in 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.  

All donations received will support LLS’s overall mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. I thank you in advance for partnering with a cause so close to my heart by making a gift that is meaningful to you. 

Gavin O’Connell  

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  • Dan & Jess Kaufmann

    Way to go Gav!

  • Lissa Greenlee

    Good luck Gavin!

  • Alex & Hunter Marshall

    Way to go Gavin!!!

  • Jamie and David Balzer Solganik

    You go Gavin!

  • Gary McClellan

    For Gavin O'Connell

  • Sean Murphy

    Proud of you Gavin...

  • Marli Kern

    Strong work Gavin!


    Thank you Gavin O'Connell for leading this charge with your team.

  • Todd Heller

    Good work, Gavin! Keep getting involved and giving back.

  • Bee and Dave Buergler

    Good work, Gavin. Cancer research is very important. We are happy to support it, you, and LLS. We dedicate our donation to all who have suffered from cancer, especially nine-year-old Eleanor, the oldest child of friends, who is going through tough leukemia treatment.

  • Becky and Craig Balzer


  • Philo McGiffin

    Worthy Cause, young man! I'm honored to participate. Your Faithful Servant, Philo McGiffin

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