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
1st Runners-Up: Team Fly4ACure, led by Emilie Garrabrant
2nd Runners-Up: Team The Answer 4 Cancer, led by Gianna Athavale & Swetha Ganesh
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!