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Student Visionaries of the Year Las Vegas

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.


Congratulations to our 2023 Class of Candidates for BREAKING RECORDS AGAIN in Las Vegas and raising $1.36M for blood cancer research and patients.

Huge shout out to our Top Fundraisers:


1st Place - Team Mission to Remission - McKenzie Gayheart & Alex McGonigal (Juniors, Bishop Gorman)

2nd Place - Team Unite. Fight. Cure. - Savanna White (Sophomore, Bishop Gorman)

3rd Place - Team Answer for Cancer - Bianca Richardson & Ella Swinn (Juniors, Faith Lutheran)

Congratulations to our Mission Pillar Award Winners:

Research - Team Cancer Crushing Calvary (Londyn Samlaska)

Patient Support - Team Treat It & Beat It (Jannah Khalaf, Alexandra Rudnitsky & Addie McPhee)

Advocacy - Team Answer for Cancer (Ella Swinn & Bianca Richardson)

If you are interested in becoming a candidate for our 2023-2024 campaign, email Tiffani Mannion (Tiffani.Mannion@lls.org) TODAY!

Meet the Winning Candidate Team

Meet the Honored Heroes of the Year

Alex McGonigal

Alex McGonigal

Mckenzie Gayheart

Mckenzie Gayheart

Meet the Candidates

Shequieta Littlefield
Team Lean on Me
Gracie Perez
Team Got a Cure
Joshua Sand
Team Secure the Cure
Team Inform to Reform
Kickoff Event
Grand Finale

Staff Contacts

Kameron Tartamella
Campaign Development Manager
Student Visionaries of the Year
E: Kameron.Tartamella@lls.org

Tiffani Mannion
Campaign Development Manager
Student Visionaries of the Year
E: Tiffani.Mannion@lls.org

Laurie Perry
Campaign Development Specialist
Of The Year & Light The Night
E: Laurie.Perry@lls.org

Allie Amato
Campaign Development Director
Student Visionaries of the Year - Las Vegas & Phoenix
P: 702.696.8873 E: Alexandra.Amato@lls.org