Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Kicks Off 2021 Students Of The Year Campaign

Candidate Cade Crook poses with his Celebration Box filled with goodies before the kickoff event.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Palm Beach-Treasure Coast Market has announced its annual Students of the Year competition, an innovative and fierce seven-week fundraising competition, during which the 26 candidates who have signed up will appeal to family and friends to raise critical funds, which LLS deploys to advance breakthrough treatments and support the more than 1.3 million blood cancer patients in the U.S. The candidate team that raises the most money at the end of the competition earns the title Student(s) of the Year.

Students of the Year is a philanthropic leadership development program for exemplary high school students. During the campaign, participants foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing and project management in order to raise funds for LLS.

Top local fundraisers become eligible to win the national title. The students raise money in honor of a local patient hero who is currently battling or is in remission from a blood cancer. “It’s inspiring to watch these young men and women work so hard to fundraise and help us find cancer cures,” said DeAnn Hazey, South Florida Region executive director. “For these incredible students, it’s not just about winning a title, it’s about the impact they are making in their communities and the generations ahead of them. They will help us advance the development of new childhood cancer treatments for the first time in 40 years with the LLS Children’s Initiative, leading the way in treating cancer and caring for patients.”

For motivated high school students, Students of the Year ensures they stand out among their peers when engaging with colleges and future employers. Through guidance and mentoring from experienced professionals at LLS, they will make a real impact in the fight against blood cancers. To learn more about the Students of the Year program and how it might work for you or someone you know, visit www.studentsoftheyear.org.

This year, the local chapter has 16 candidate teams made up of 26 candidates and more than 140 team members competing for the title while raising funds and awareness for the LLS mission.

The 2021 Students of the Year campaign runs from Jan. 13 through March 5. The winning team will be announced at the Virtual Grand Finale Celebration on Friday, March 5. Visit https://events.lls.org/pb/pbsoy21 for tickets and sponsorship opportunities.