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Students of the Year

The Students of the Year campaign is a philanthropic leadership development program through which highly motivated, high- leaders embark on a journey of professional growth, ensuring that they stand out when preparing for and beyond. During the program, students foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management in to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Student leaders fundraise for LLS in honor of children who are blood cancer survivors. The title Student(s) of the Year is awarded to the candidate or co-candidate team in each community that raises the most funds during the 7-week competition.

Congratulations to 2020 Student of the Year Emma B and all our 2020 Students of the Year participants! Collectively, 15 Chicagoland student led teams comprised of 21 candidates raised over $460,000 for the LLS mission to cure blood cancer!

Are you, or is someone you know, the next 2021 Student of the Year? Nominate an amazing student today! The 2021 Students of the Year campaign begins January 23 and ends on March 13. Contact Amanda.Gutzwiller@lls.org for more information. 

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Students of the Year  Local Honored Hero

Ashley is a senior in , a 2020 SOY Candidate, and a survivor of childhood leukemia. She was diagnosed on 1/1/14 at age 11 and fought hard to win the battle. Ashley spent 160+ days in the that year, was given total body radiation, and received a life-saving bone marrow transplant in June 2014 from a total stranger. She was in isolation for 9 months and missed 20 months of . Today, Ashley continues to battle with the lasting effects of the toxic treatment, including chronic kidney disease which will require a kidney transplant in the future. She's grateful for LLS and the work you all do to help kids like her. 

Honored Hero Ashley
Local Honored Hero Ashley

Meet the Candidates

Got Hope
Got Hope?
Haques & Friends vs. Cancer
Nicole Konstant
Team Nikki
Team Bella and Brooke
Team Bella & Brooke
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Ryan Speciality Group
Ryan Speciality Group

Staff Contacts

Amanda Gutzwiller

Campaign Development Manager