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Student Visionaries of the Year Cleveland

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.

 

 

2024 CLEVELAND STUDENT VISIONARIES OF THE YEAR

In 2024, 37 motivated candidate teams and their 550+ dedicated team members raised an astounding $1,053,209 in just 7 WEEKS through fundraising for LLS' cutting-edge blood cancer research and patient services. CONGRATULATIONS to our 2024 Cleveland Student Visionaries of the Year participants on such an incredible impact!

A SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO OUR WINNERS:

First-Place Winners: Team Compass led by Gabriella Gawlik, Kayla Kosla, & Ella Rundo.

Team Compass

 

1st Runner-Up: Team River for a Cure led by Keira Kishna, Monika Neiberka, & Kaltra Tola. 

Team River for a Cure

 

2nd Runner-Up: Team Brunswick for a Brighter Future led by Sebastian Morales, Teddy Bickley, & Maggie Romano.

Team Brunswick for a Brighter Future

 

Team Member of the Year: Ryan Walther, Team Ignite Hope. 

Ryan Walther

 

 

 

Mission Pillar Award Winners: 

Research Award: Maggie Romano

Patient Education & Support: Kaovya Vel

Policy & Advocacy: Luke Burke

 

 

 

WANT TO SEE WHAT THE CLEVELAND 2024 STUDENT VISIONARIES OF THE YEAR GRAND FINALE WAS LIKE? CLICK THE VIDEO BELOW!

 

 

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO ALL OF OUR 2024 CLEVELAND STUDENT VISIONARIES OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES & TEAM MEMBERS! 

We are currently recruiting for our 2025 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

Ben Stoessner
Warriors
Magnifi CURE
MagnifiCURE
Amherst Comets
Amherst Comets
Fight Like a Knight
Fight Like a Knight
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Please note that this is a ticketed event. 

Sponsors

Gold

Rotary Club of Strongsville
Rotary Club of Strongsville

Bronze

Morningside Group
Morningside Group
VASCO
VASCO
Fleet Response
Fleet Response
ODE Family Foundation
ODE Family Foundation
Truenorth
Truenorth

Staff Contacts

Daryl Rakosy - Campaign Development Director 

daryl.rakosy@lls.org | (216) 264-5726

 

Savannah Drdek - Campaign Development Manager

savannah.drdek@lls.org | (216) 264-5723

 

Tiffany Ziegler - Campaign Development Manager 

tiffany.ziegler@lls.org | (216) 264-5738

 

Hanna Dilik - Campaign Development Specialist 

hanna.dilik@lls.org |  (216) 264-5748

 

Lilian Fournier - Campaign Cultivation Specialist 

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