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Student Visionaries of the Year Western New York

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.


Meet the Candidates

Cassidy Merriman
Cassidy vs. Cancer
Stephanie Derkovitz
United for a Cure
Team Glazer & Spokony
Team Glazer & Spokony
Regan Gee
Crew for a Cure
Kickoff Event
Grand Finale

Staff Contacts

Riley Harris - Campaign Development Manager

riley.harris@lls.org | (716) 581-0426


Nicholas Robel - Campaign Development Manager

nicholas.robel@lls.org | (716) 982-1015


Daryl Rakosy - Campaign Development Director 

daryl.rakosy@lls.org | (216) 264-5726