Students of the Year Pittsburgh

Claire Katz | Team Claire Bear

Welcome to Claire Katz's SOY Fundraising Page!

Feb 20, 2020

I am honored to participate as a candidate 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.  The candidate 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.

I am doing this campaign because of 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 10 years old in 2004.  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 get to see her as a happy, healthy woman now, and she even got married this summer!  




I am also inspired by children who have to battle cancer at such a young age.  Through LLS, I met my friends Julius (age 8) and Nora (age 3) who are both fighting brave battles against blood cancer.  It is truly amazing how positive they remain even in their darkest times. Both Julius and Nora are such sweet souls, and their uplifting, positive attitudes really motivate me to raise money to help more families just like theirs.

Since the early 1960s, five-year survival rates for many blood cancer patients have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled. And many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are helping patients with other cancers and serious diseases. In fact, drugs first approved for blood cancers are now approved to treat patients with stomach cancers, skin cancers, and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

We really are changing the face of blood cancer!

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!

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

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  • Stephen Jamieson

    Great Work! Stephen Jamieson

  • Anna Nickel

    Keep changing the world!

  • Elisa Tucker

    Great cause - wish you all the best! Elisa

  • Katie Katz

    Team Claire!!!!

  • Mike McMahon

    Great cause! Great family! You are making a difference!

  • Mara Kachur

    Good Luck and hope you reach your goals for this great cause. -Mara Kachur

  • Kirt Whiteside

    Proud to be giving to something that's close to my heart too.

  • Wes Morris

    In honor of Amy Katz & the fundraising efforts of Claire Katz. Warmly, The Morris Family

  • Jennifer Katz

    Love you!

  • Rhian Kenny

    Good luck and good work!!!

  • Jessica Faish

    Good luck, Claire!

  • Betty Martin

    Wishing you luck. Aunt Betty

  • Carla Williamson

    Way to go Claire! Keep up the hard work!

  • Kemerer Family

    Good Luck, Claire!

  • Jayme Brewer

    Good Luck and We’re looking forward to seeing you this summer!! ?? -Jayme, Richard & Stevie

  • Stephen Mendelson

    The Katz family is amazing. Way to go Clair.

  • Rivkee Rudolph

    In honor of Claire Katz! You're amazing! xo rivkee

  • The Vento Family

    Claire, good luck with your fundraising for such a great cause. We know you'll reach your goal. The Vento Family

  • Anonymous

    Team Claire Bear all the way!!!

  • April Ferraro

    Great job Claire! Good luck!

  • Steve Malik

    Good Luck Claire

  • Peter Wheelhouse

    Good luck!

  • Frank Pistella

    Good luck Claire

  • Matt Tedrow

    Good Luck Claire!

  • Sara Daum

    Well done Claire! (Sorry I’m late!)

  • Amy and Matt DuPlessis

    We love you Claire! So proud of you and all your hard work!!

  • Donato Coluccio

    Much love and respect to everyone

  • Jack Ligday

    Great Job Claire

  • Linda Ringstad

    Good luck, Claire

  • Frank Fuhrer

    Claire - Good luck with the remainder of your fundraising efforts !

  • Coleen Cutchember

    Best of luck, Claire!

  • Kathy Mazzei

    Best of Luck and thank you for participating in this worthwhile campaign!

  • Katrina Harmel

    Good Luck Claire! Leah Harmel

  • Steve Silverman

    Good luck, Claire! From your boston cousins, steve, barb, max, and charlie

  • Denise Ellis

    Lawrence D Ellis, MD

  • Korczynski Family

    Good luck, Claire!! You’re so awesome!!! Xoxo Love~The Korczynski Family

  • Lauralee Wagner

    In memory of my son, Alex Wagner, who lost his battle with lymphoma ALso for the fundraising efforts of Claire Katz

  • Dan, Angie, Ian & Julius

    Our family is extremely proud of you Claire!

  • Paul Kennedy

    Claire, thank you so much for thinking of others in this desperate times. It’s people like you that this world needs more of!

  • Aunt Carolyn and Uncle Andy

    Way to go, Claire! Keep up the good work! We love you! Aunt Carolyn and Uncle Andy

  • Dana Fortun

    Proud of you, Claire!! Keep it up - you are an amazing young lady! XOXO - The Fortuns

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