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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.

 

2024 PITTSBURGH STUDENT VISIONARIES OF THE YEAR

In 2024, 16 motivated candidate teams and their 155 dedicated team members raised an astounding $802,743 in just 7 WEEKS through fundraising for LLS's cutting-edge blood cancer research and patient services. CONGRATULATIONS to our 2024 Pittsburgh Student Visionaries of the Year participants on such an incredible impact!

A SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO OUR WINNERS:

First-Place Winner: Team Nora's Warrior's led by Noah Mackie. 

First-Place Winner

 

Runners-Up: Team Steel City A.R.S led by Mark Henne & Rossa Lee. 

Runners-Up

 

MISSION PILLAR AWARDS & MORE:

Research Award: Camryn Hondru, Team Cancer Conquerors. 

Research Award Winner

 

Policy & Advocacy Award: Jaden Persaud, Team Breaking the Odds. 

Policy Award Winner

 

Patient Education & Support Award: Cece Wessel, Team Fighting for Fighters. 

Patient Education Award Winner

 

Team Member of the Year: Abigail Hathaway, Team Steel City A.R.S.

Team Member OTY

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO ALL OF OUR 2024 PITTSBURGH 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

Team Anti-Cancer Club
Anti Cancer Club
Team Steel City A.R.S.
Steel City A.R.S.
Hannah Kalp
Team Hannah's Helpers
Team Lilly's Against Leukemia
Lilly's Vs Leukemia
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Please note that this is a ticketed event.

Sponsors

Gold

Baird Private Wealth Management
Baird Private Wealth Management

Bronze

Busy Beaver
Busy Beaver
Stanley M. Marks
Stanley M. Marks
Security 101
Security 101
United States Steel
United States Steel

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