High School Teens raise over $452,000 to Fight Blood Cancers in the Orange County Inland Empire

Santa Ana, California, June 7, 2020 - 19 local high school philanthropists collectively raised $452,609 in the 4th Annual 2020 Students of the Year OCIE Campaign.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Orange County Inland Empire Chapter hosted their 4th Annual OCIE Students of the Year Campaign Grand Finale Celebration Virtually this year. The evening included an inspiring program, celebrating local high school philanthropists. 

Kayla Hayashi, Jacqie Gordon, & Will Stauffer of Team Six Lives Per Hour (6LPH), were recognized as the 2020 OCIE Students of the Year.

The runner up was Team Conquer Cancer, led by Aiden Brutman, Kevin Forbath, & Trent Liolios. The Citizenship Awards were presented to Juleen Erives of team Mission CANcer-vive for Mission, Ava Jansen and Ceci Warren of team More Hopeful Hearts, for Community Involvement, and Sanya Dhama of team Connect & Cure, for Innovation. Individual results will be posted once all national Student of the Year Campaigns are complete.

The evening’s festivities were hosted by long time LLS supporter, Mike Shumard.

Mission speakers at the event included:

  • 2020 Students of the Year Honored Hero Samantha Diaz, a 17 year old Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia survivor, shared her story and congratulated the 2020 candidates on their efforts to continue raising funds that would benefit both research and patient services for cancer patients.
  • Jack Witherspoon, a 20 year old three-time Leukemia survivor, chef, and author, presented our 2020 Citizenship Awards.


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Students of the Year is an exciting leadership development and philanthropy program in which high school students participate in a fundraising competition to benefit LLS. Every dollar raised counts as one vote. The candidates/teams who raise the most money at the end of the 7-week competition earn the title Student(s) of the Year. For motivated high school students, this program ensures they stand out among their peers when engaging with colleges and/or future employers. Through guidance and mentoring from experienced professionals at LLS they will make a real impact in the fight against blood cancers.

Apply or Nominate a High School Student for our 2021 Students of the Year class at https://studentsoftheyear.org/get-involved.


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Since 1949, LLS has been on the forefront of blood cancer advances such as chemotherapies and stem cell transplantation leading the way to the targeted therapies and immunotherapies that are saving thousands of lives today. LLS is changing the landscape of cancer with more than 300 active research projects that explore different avenues of new and adventurous research; ones with promise and ones that will save lives not someday, but today.


Meet our Winners & Honorees!

The New England Chapter is pleased to introduce the winners, honorees and grand total of the 2020 Students of the Year Boston Campaign!

Congratulations to our Citizenship Award Winners!

Mission Winner               Volunteerism Award

Congratulations to our Team Member of the Year!

Team Member of the Year

Congratulations to our Runner-Up!

Runner Up

A huge congratulations to our 2020 Students of the Year winner, a sophomore at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School with a fundraising total of $22,052!

2020 Winner

Our 2020 Candidate Class faced an unprecedented challenge - fundraising during a global pandemic. These incredible students worked hard for over 18 weeks to raise a grand total of...


Congratulations to our Students of the Year 2020 Graduates!

Thank you for your dedication to raising funds to find cures for blood cancers! Congratulations to all the previous Students of the Year candidates and team members graduating this year, we wish you the very best as you move on to college and careers!









Coachella Valley Virtual SOY Grand Finale

Submitted by bartlete on Thu, 05/07/2020 - 19:13

The 2020 Coachella Valley Students of the Year Grand Finale Celebration will be celebrated virtually on May 24, 2020. Registration instructions coming soon! 

Student of the Year Idaho Honored Hero, Jessie Severns!

"My family has always taught me to serve others, and even at my worst days I still try to find a way to lift other people up. I may not be able to do it on my own, but with help I can still make others cancer treatments a little better."

Jessie is a force to be reckoned with and has uplifted & touched so many! We are honored to have her as our SOY Idaho Honored Warrior.