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Student Visionaries of the Year Pittsburgh

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 PITTSBURGH STUDENT VISIONARIES OF THE YEAR

In 2023, 17 motivated candidate teams and their 145 dedicated team members raised an astounding $790,000 in just 7 WEEKS through fundraising for LLS's cutting-edge blood cancer research and patient services. CONGRATULATIONS to our 2023 Pittsburgh Student Visionaries of the Year participants on such an incredible impact!

A SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO OUR WINNERS:

Team Takedown Cancer

 

1st Runners-Up: Team Rise Against Cancer led by Greg Boughner & Luke McDonough

Team Rise AGainst Cancer

 

MISSION PILLAR AWARDS & MORE:

Research Award: Zach Howard, Team Secure a Cure

Team Secure a Cure

 

Policy & Advocacy Award: Ava Kasper, Team Cheering for a Cure

Team Cheering for a Cure

 

Patient Education & Support Award: Carly Marnich, Team 3 is the Magic Number

Carly Marnich

 

Team Member of the Year: Mia Pietropaolo, Team Takedown Cancer

Mia

 

CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO ALL OF OUR 2023 PITTSBURGH 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 Cancer Conqueror's
Team Cancer Conqueror's
Team Stormin' for a Cure
Team Stormin' for a Cure
Panthers Against Cancer
Panthers Against Cancer
Natalie Patel
Helping Hands
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Please note that this is a ticketed event.

Staff Contacts

Daryl Rakosy - Campaign Development Director 

daryl.rakosy@lls.org | (216) 264-5726

 

Erica Gribbin - Campaign Development Manager

erica.gribbin@lls.org | (412) 395-2886

 

Hanna Dilik - Campaign Development Specialist 

hanna.dilik@lls.org | (216) 264-5748

 

Lilian Fournier - Campaign Cultivation Specialist 

lilian.fournier@lls.org | (914) 821-8812