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Student Visionaries of the Year Maryland

Maryland Student Visionaries of the Year

Visionaries look to the future—and see infinite possibility.

They challenge the status quo—and make the impossible possible.

They boldly imagine a better world – and lead the charge to create it.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) was built on that same vision - of a better world - one without blood cancers. Through our Student Visionaries of the Year campaign, we are excited to recognize these young leaders for being what we need most, visionaries.

Student Visionaries of the Year is a philanthropic leadership development program through which highly motivated, high-school leaders embark on a journey of professional growth, fostering professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management all while working to raise as much as possible for LLS’s mission.

These tenacious young changemakers fundraise for LLS in honor of blood cancer survivors. The titles Student Visionaries of the Year are awarded to the candidate teams who raise the most funds in their community during the 7-week competition.

 

 

2023 MARYLAND STUDENT VISIONARIES OF THE YEAR

In 2023, 22 teams consisting of 43 passionate high school candidates and over 175 dedicated team members raised an astounding $749,371 in just 7 WEEKS through fundraising for LLS's cutting-edge blood cancer research and patient services. CONGRATULATIONS to our 2023 Maryland Student Visionaries of the Year participants on such an incredible impact!

A SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO OUR 2023 WINNERS:

First-place winners: Team Cancer Wrecking Crew, led by Samantha Pratt

CWC
Team Cancer Wrecking Crew

 

1st Runners-Up: Team Fly4ACure, led by Emilie Garrabrant

Fly4ACure 2023
Team Fly4ACure

 

2nd Runners-Up: Team The Answer 4 Cancer, led by Gianna Athavale & Swetha Ganesh

The Answer 4 Cancer
Team The Answer 4 Cancer

 

TEAM MEMBER OF THE YEAR: Mahi Shah, Team Fly4ACure

 

MISSION PILLAR AWARDS

Research Award: Aleesha Bora, Team FredCo Fighters

Advocacy Award: Christina Perumattathil and Shruthy Sivam, Team Race to a Cure

Patient Support Award: Samantha Pratt, Team Cancer Wrecking Crew

Relentless for a Cure Award: Lilian McDowell, Team Fly4ACure

 

CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO ALL OF OUR 2023 MARYLAND STUDENT VISIONARIES OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES & TEAM MEMBERS!

We are currently recruiting for our 2024 Student Visionaries of the Year Campaign - if you know an amazing high school leader looking to make a difference, please nominate them today!

Meet the Candidates

Team Race to the Cure
Race to the Cure
Team Answer4Cancer
Answer4Cancer
Nora Thompson
Closer to a Cure
Team Warriors for a Cure
Warriors for a Cure
Kickoff Event
Grand Finale

Staff Contacts

Joana Bragg - Campaign Development Director

Andrew Steckel - Campaign Development Manager

Katie Stegman - Campaign Development Specialist