Students of the Year Milwaukee
Kickin Cancer | Kickin' Cancer
We are honored to participate as candidates 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. We are proud to support LLS and raise critical dollars in honor blood cancer patients. 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.
We both have very personal connections to the LLS and blood cancers. Lauren's cousin Anthony was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Labor Day weekend 2016. He was seven years old. His lymphoma was located in his intestine lining. Anthony went through five rounds of chemotherapy at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. He fought hard. On January 3rd, 2017, Anthony was declared cancer free and rang the bell at Riley. He is still experiencing side effects of the powerful chemotherapy, but is doing well. Gracie's grandpa passed away from Leukemia a few years ago. This awful disease made him miserable towards the end of his life, and she is fighting to make sure that nobody should have to go through that pain. Her goal is to help other moms, dads, kids, and grandkids like her who have a connection to this disease and are suffering because of it. She has raised money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society before, as she participated in a bike ride called the Scenic Shore 150 over the summer. She rode her bike 150 miles and raised $1,500 for LLS. However, she wanted to help more. When we were nominated for this campaign, we knew that it would be an incredible opportunity to raise money for a great cause.
In our community, a young girl named Harlow is suffering from blood cancer. She was seven years old in August 2017, when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Harlow was prescribed intense chemotherapy which caused her to fall into a very high risk category. Harlow is a tough fighter. She reached maintenance in June 2018, and continued her treatment through December 2019. Harlow is now nine years old and is a great role model for people everywhere. She is the Honored Hero for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2020 Students of the Year campaign. We want to make sure no person, child, or family has to go through this again.
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!
We really are changing the face of blood cancer! On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support!
-Lauren and Gracie
For more information about LLS, please visit www.lls.org.
LLS has invested nearly $1.3 billion in cutting edge cancer research since 1949
LLS helped advance 43 of the 49 blood cancer treatment options approved by the FDA since 2017
LLS had provided more than $431 million in co-pay financial assistance since 2007
Every 3 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer
We want to help the LLS make a difference!!
With honored hero Harlow!!
At the 2019 LLS Chapter Awards