The debut year for the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter's Students of the Year campaign was a major success. Nine student candidates raised a total of $158,846 in seven weeks during the 2017 campaign. Lillyana Stefanakis raised the highest individual amount of $88,253 and received the title "Student of the Year" for the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter. Lillyana was also awarded a $5,000 scholarship to the college of her choice, which she chose to donate back to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Lillyana ran her campaign in memory of her two grandparents who lost their battle with cancer. "The suffering needs to end", said Lillyana. "My campaign provided an opportunity to support the critical work of LLS in fighting these diseases."
Because of LLS's continued advancements and fundraising initiatives, the blood cancer survival rate is doubling, tripling, and in some cases quadrupling for patients. And many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers. They're even being tested in clinical trials for patients with a range of cancers including lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. LLS funded drugs are also being tested for patients with other non-cancerous diseases like Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis.
Plenty of people have stories to tell and a fight to take with cancer. If you're interested in running in the campaign and helping to save lives, or know someone who is, contact Christina.Triggs@lls.org.
We are accepting applications for the 2018 Students of the Year campaign NOW!