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Launching Our Campaign to Help Cure Leukemia

By Brooke Rowen


On June 13, 2023, my grandfather, Fred Rowen, passed away due to leukemia. He had been fighting multiple forms of cancer for a few years, but the blood disease ultimately took his life. In memory of my grandfather, I have joined the Student Visionaries of the Year program to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).


LLS is dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other blood cancers, and is the world's largest nonprofit health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.  They have put in over 1.7 billion dollars in cancer research with the goal of one day finding a cure. LLS has saved lives with their treatments and provided hope, support and compassion to patients and families.


Student Visionaries of the Year is a philanthropic leadership development program for high school students. Each year, teams of student run by LLS candidates embark on a 7 week journey to fundraise for LLS in hopes of creating a world without blood cancers. The teams compete to earn the Student Visionary of the Year title.  Our team - called Hope for a Cure – is organized by my cousin Hailey Miller and her friend Lia Bhatia, and we are all so excited to launch this campaign on February 15th.


Will you donate to help us all live in a world free of blood cancers?


Check out our video below!




Thank you for your support!

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