Student Visionaries of the Year Pittsburgh

Trevor Katz | Team Takedown Cancer

Trevor's Student Visionaries of the Year Fundraiser

Feb 14, 2023

I am honored to participate as a candidate for the 2023 Student Visionaries of the Year program, a seven-week initiative, from February 10th to March 31st, in which select high school students from around the country participate in a fundraising competition to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  The candidate that raises the most money at the end of the seven weeks is named Student Visionary 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.

I am doing this campaign because of the true fighters and heroes who have inspired me through their battles with cancer.

My cousin Amy was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia when she was just 11 years old in 2003.  She was put on an experimental drug called Gleevec, which ended up saving her life.  She is in medical remission today because of this drug, and the research for it was funded by LLS.  I now get to see the happy, healthy and wonderful woman she has become.

I am also inspired by children who have to battle cancer at such a young age.  Through LLS, I met my friends Julius and Nora who have both fought brave battles against blood cancer.  It is truly amazing how positive they remain through the toughest of trials.  Both Julius and Nora are such sweet, kind, and uplifting people, and their positivity helps motivate me to raise money for families just like theirs. 

My family's legacy of fundraising efforts for LLS also motivate me. My father, Peter Katz, was LLS Man of the Year in 2019, raising $106,000. My sister, Claire Katz, was Student of the Year in 2020 raising $82,000. Last year my cousin, Maisy Wadlow, was a candidate for 2022 Student of the Year, raising $101,000! For as long as I can remember we have been raising money for LLS, and I hope that your support will continue this great legacy!


As a global leader in the fight against blood cancer, LLS:

  • Funds cutting-edge research leading to breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine that are improving and saving the lives of patients
  • Provides free education and support for blood cancer patients and families, including personalized, one-on-one support, assistance with identifying and enrolling in clinical trials, and more.
  • Mobilizes thousands of advocates to drive policy changes that accelerate the development of new cancer treatments and break down barriers to care.

Please consider joining this fight by making a donation. All donations are greatly appreciated and tax-deductible. Please visit my website often and tell friends who would also like to donate!


Thanks to your support, my efforts will help ensure this generation is the last to see cancer.

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you!


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  • Wade Morris

    Good luck!

  • Pete

    Chris at Scoglio is walking on broken glass. Sad!

  • Jason Nolan

    Trevor, you should be proud of all the good you are doing for LLS....

  • Kampmeinert Betsy

    My husband has dealt with two different forms of mantle cell lymphoma in the past 23 years. 23 years ago, he was given a 15% chance of living and HERE HE IS! The message is NEVER GIVE UP AND LEAVE A DOCTOR WHO SAYS YOUR CANCER IS TERMINAL - YOU NEVER KNOW. My husband is battling again and we are sure he will get through this with the help of extremely competent nurse and doctors - the research in cancer is the past 25 years is astounding!

  • C B Anderson

    All the best!

  • Donald Splitstone

    Thank you for your fundraising efforts!

  • Chandler Carranza

    Love how the Katz family continues to contribute to LLS. Way to keep the family legacy going Trevor! Good luck in all you do!

  • April Ferraro

    Good luck Trevor in your fundraising efforts!

  • Michael Busillo

    Best of luck!

  • Joe Bello

    Keep doing great things Trevor! You carry a long history of charitable people in your family!

  • Gregor Meyer

    Good luck with all your efforts Trevor...Happy to support!

  • Anthony Debaldo

    Trevor good luck from the DeBaldo’s in Ohio-

  • Betty M

    Wonderful thing you are doing Trevor. Aunt Betty

  • Erin Nanci

    Wonderful you are doing this!

  • Lori Martin

    Thanks for your fundraising!

  • Timothy OBrien

    Good luck Trevor!!

  • Ken Sissingh

    Go Trevor!!!!

  • Scott Smithley

    Great work Trevor. Keep it up!

  • Anonymous

    Trevor, thanks you for giving your time to help fund the LLS. God bless!

  • The Fortun Family

    Good luck, Trevor! We are proud of you! ~ The Fortuns

  • Mike McMahon

    Best of luck Trevor in continuing your family's efforts in support of this worthy cause!

  • Gary Galuska

    Keep up the good work Trevor!

  • Anonymous

    Keep up the great work!

  • Matthew & Karen Pavlovich

    An honor to contribute to this great cause and support an amazing family. Matthew and Karen Pavlovich

  • Adrienne, Evan and Noah Indianer

    Great job, Trevor!

  • Patricia Letters

    Way to go Trevor. Mr. Letters had CLL. I’m happy to hear your cousin is doing well. I’ll be happy to donate through your fundraising. Patty Letters.

  • Cherie River

    Great job helping others!

  • Ron Frank

    We wish you great success as we all look toward a future without cancer.

  • Terry Feinberg

    We support you Trevor, and this great cause! We remember helping Amy’s Army with bone marrow drives and we hope this helps those children and many others. God Bless!

  • Brad Waxman

    Hope all is well Peter

  • Mario and Tiffany Cafaro

    Good Luck, Trevor

  • Ken Rapko

    Good luck with your fundraising!

  • Peter McIlroy

    Congrats Trevor!!!

  • JD

    You got this Trevor!

  • Kevin Kilmer

    Good luck, Trevor!

  • David Yaccino

    Good luck. David yaccino. SSA ‘86

  • Anonymous

    For the Cure!

  • Karen Craig Brubaker

    Trevor - Happy to support your efforts towards this important cause.

  • Cybil Miller

    Trevor Katz Team - Takedown Cancer

  • Meredith Brown

    Proud of you, Trevor!

  • Robert Romanish

    For the cure!


    Good luck Trevor! Thanks for your efforts!!!

  • Steve Frank

    Thrilled to support this effort!

  • Emily Kolek

    Go Trevor!

  • Erika Schrenker

    Best of luck with your fundraising efforts!

  • Lorence Family

    Best of luck to you Trevor! Way to work for the cure!

  • Darrin Datemasch

    I really appreciate your mission and wish you all the best!

  • Hunter & Marcy Smith

    Great job, Trevor!

  • Ric SanDoval

    Keep up the great work Trevor!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Trevor

  • Mike Fanto & Kimberly Phillips

    Keep up the good work...Tower Auto Sales, Mike & Kimberly

  • Jeff Clark

    Thanks. Keep up the great work!

  • Rochelle Sufrin

    Thank you, Trevor and your "Team Takedown Cancer-Trevor Katz" for your efforts to contribute to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and to continue to make a difference in the lives of so many who are challenged with blood cancer.

  • Tammi Pietropaolo

    Thank you for fundraising. Cancer is beyond evil... I look forward to a world without it

  • Anonymous

    Continue to the good work!

  • John Sheerer

    Such an important and worthy cause!

  • Christine Dockey

    Great job Trevor with this important cause!

  • Westly Morris

    Congratulations on all of your achievements Trevor! xo Wes & Gang

  • Angelo Clarice

    Best Wishes Trevor in this noble fundraising effort to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

  • Elena Perri

    Good luck & God bless you for your hard work.

  • Brandon Levine

    Team Katz!

  • Lance Taylor

    Great work Trevor. Your passion and care for others at such a young age is inspiring. #takedowncancer

  • Matthew Graver

    You're amazing, Trevor! For the Cure!

  • Isaac Greeley

    Good luck Trevor!

  • D Katz

    Good luck Trevor----great effort on this!

  • Verne and Lindsay Bergstrom

    Trevor, we are so sorry we are not able to make it. My grandmother had leukemia and passed away last April, so this is a great cause. Keep doing great things!

  • Jill Lehman

    Good luck Trevor! You’re an outstanding young man! For the cure!!!

  • Dan & Laurie Kwiatkowski

    Great Work Trevor!

  • Isaak Kirkland

    Good luck Trevor! Inspired by what your doing keep up the good work!

  • Rachel Hutchinson

    Thank you for raising money for such a worthy cause! This donation is in memory of Christy Angelo, who was a friend/coworker of your father’s.

  • Eric Schneider

    Trevor Katz is an amazing human being! Great job!

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