Honolulu SOY Kickoff

Submitted by weissh on Thu, 04/11/2019 - 12:50

Come celebrate the announcement of the amazing 2019 Students of the Year candidate teams from Honolulu who will be raising funds and awareness for blood cancer research. This event will introduce the 2019 SOY Candidates, the 2019 Honored Hero, and celebrate the beginning of a great and impactful campaign to come. 

Honolulu SOY Grand Finale

Submitted by weissh on Thu, 04/11/2019 - 12:42

Students of the Year is philanthropic competition to support blood cancer research among a group of motivated and dedicated high school students in Honolulu. The Grand Finale Celebration celebrates the end of a 7-week friendly fundraising competition and the announcement of the official 2019 Students of the Year Honolulu winner! 

Top Fundraising Team Member Announced

Congratulations to Charlie Sun for being the top fundraising Team Member. Charlie organized a unique event for Team Hopeful Hearts. Congrats, Charlie!

Honored Hero - Skylar Brownlee

Our 2019 Honored Hero is Skylar Brownlee!

Skylar was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of three. After an intense treatment regimen including chemotherapy, she is now a healthy and active seven year old in full remission!

Skylar in Treatment

Skylar's Story:

"Right after my dad died suddenly, I stopped walking. My mom thought I was sad, but then the fevers made my doctor think I had strep throat. After I still wasn't walking, blood tests said I had leukemia and I had to live in the hospital for a while. I had surgeries and a port and lots of pill medicines and medicines in my port and in my back that I went to sleep for. I felt very bad and my mom took care of me all the time. So for her birthday I rode a bike after not walking for months! I lost my hair but now it's back and I don't take medicine and I'm in school and  tumbling and ballet and I can do everything I want!"

 

We are so inspired by Skylar's courage in the face of cancer! She is a remarkably strong young lady. This is why we fight, and we know that beating cancer is in our blood.

Support Skylar and other patients like her with your fully tax deductible donation today, and join Skylar and our 2019 Student of the Year Candidates at the Grand Finale Gala on May 11th! Purchase gala tickets or donate at: https://events.lls.org/sc/greenville19/

Skylar with 2019 Candidates
Skylar with 2019 SOY Candidates at Campaign Kickoff

 

21 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS RAISE OVER $351,506 TO HELP THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY ORANGE COUNTY INLAND EMPIRE CHAPTER FIGHT CANCER

21 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS RAISE OVER $351,506 TO HELP THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY ORANGE COUNTY INLAND EMPIRE CHAPTER FIGHT CANCER

Costa Mesa, California, March 31, 2019 - 21 local high school philanthropists collectively raised $351,506 in the 3rd Annual 2019 Students of the Year OCIE Campaign.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Orange County Inland Empire Chapter hosted their 3rd Annual OCIE Students of the Year Campaign Grand Finale Celebration at Fete the Venue. The evening included a silent auction, cocktail hour, dinner and an inspiring program celebrating local high school philanthropists. 

Blake Kelly, Justin Emi, and Christian Kelly of team Cancer is Wack, were recognized as the 2019 OCIE Students of the Year. The runner up was Luke Hatfield of Team Hero. The Citizenship Awards were presented to Luke Hatfield of Team Hero for Mission, Lily Johnson of team Beat 41 for Volunteerism, Liliana Adzich and Jade Faircloth or team Inspire a Thousand for Community Involvement, and Jennifer Oz of team Wishful Workers for Innovation. Individual results will be posted once all national Student of the Year Campaigns are complete.

The evening’s festivities were hosted by California Coast Auctions’, Zackary Krone.

Mission speakers at the event included:

  • 2019 Students of the Year Honored Hero Alexis Buss, an 18 year old acute lymphoblastic leukemia survivor, shared her story and congratulated the 2019 candidates on their efforts to continue raising funds that would benefit both research and patient services for cancer patients.
  • Sammy Noija, a 22 year old acute lymphoblastic leukemia survivor, also shared his cancer journey at 9 years old, and how he is alive because of the work that the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society does.

ABOUT STUDENTS OF THE YEAR

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Students of the Year is an exciting leadership development and philanthropy program in which high school students participate in a fundraising competition to benefit LLS. Every dollar raised counts as one vote. The candidates/teams who raise the most money at the end of the 7-week competition earn the title Student(s) of the Year. For motivated high school students, this program ensures they stand out among their peers when engaging with colleges and/or future employers. Through guidance and mentoring from experienced professionals at LLS they will make a real impact in the fight against blood cancers.

ABOUT THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Since 1949, LLS has been on the forefront of blood cancer advances such as chemotherapies and stem cell transplantation leading the way to the targeted therapies and immunotherapies that are saving thousands of lives today. LLS is changing the landscape of cancer with more than 300 active research projects that explore different avenues of new and adventurous research; ones with promise and ones that will save lives not someday, but today.

Find out if your teen has what it takes to participate in this elite leadership program or donate to support the 2019 candidates at https://studentsoftheyear.org/students-year-orange-county