The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2021 Students of the Year campaign raised $532,744 in support of blood cancer research. These funds were raised by 16 teams, comprised of 26 extraordinary high school students.
Cade Crook and Grace Bauer of Team C&G from The Pine School and Jensen Beach High School respectively, raised $213,000 and were named Students of the Year. Both students earned $2,500 college scholarships.
“This campaign instilled many values in me that I will utilize as I go on in life. The opportunity to benefit the blood cancer community has been incredible, and we are immensely grateful to be named the LLS Students of the Year!” said Baeur. Her teammate Cook continued, “The Students of the Year campaign allowed us to make a positive change in our community and has been a life changing experience for me.”
Participants in fundraising campaigns, like Students of the Year, are helping LLS make an impact on the lives of cancer patients. The organization is leading the charge in exploring new paths to blood cancer cures and treatments, with almost 300 cutting-edge research projects underway, namely in immunotherapy and personalized medicine. In addition to finding blood cancer cures, many of the treatments LLS has helped fund are now helping patients with other cancers and chronic diseases.
“These students are an inspiration. They embody the idea that anyone can make a difference with hard work and dedication,” said DeAnn Hazey, executive director of the South Florida Region. “What these students were able to accomplish, virtually, during a pandemic, in seven weeks is truly remarkable, and will have a lasting impact on the lives of blood cancer patients and their families.”
In addition to top fundraising awards, candidates were recognized for their commitment to the LLS mission and how they incorporated the local community into their campaign. Bailey Nathan of Suncoast Community High School received the Community Involvement Award, and Parker Geraghty and Madison McVey of A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts earned the Mission Award.