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Local High School Students Raise Over $340,000 For Cancer Cures

By The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS)

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Stamford, CT - The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Connecticut Westchester Hudson Valley Chapter (CTWHV) annual Students of the Year campaign exceeded all expectations, with 15 candidate teams, raising $340,751 to help find cancer cures. This amount represents the highest total for Students of the Year in the four years that the chapter has been holding this campaign and more than doubles last year’s total.

Three high school juniors from The Ursuline School of New Rochelle, NY were named 2019 Students of the Year, raising over $94,000. Shannon Hoffman of Thornwood, NY, Tori Casquarelli of New Rochelle, NY and Kristen Cadge of Ossining, NY ran as co-candidates for Team Just Cure It to raise the most money during a spirited seven-week competition to support LLS' mission to find cures for blood cancers and ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments. Shannon, Tori and Kristen were honored at the Students of the Year Grand Finale event on March 28th at the Stamford Crowne Plaza in Stamford, Connecticut.

Team Sophia & Margot’s Survivors, led by Sophia Shulzhenko and Margot Wies of Pelham High School raised more than $76,000 and was named First Runner-Up.

Second Runner-Up was Team Charlie’s Angels, led by Allie Rosenberg and Max Forte from Irvington High School, who raised more than $44,000.

The fundraising period began with a kickoff celebration on February 7th. The candidates competed in honor of local blood cancer survivors. The winning team was awarded a $2,500 scholarship grant. Other campaign teams were honored with awards for outstanding leadership and dedication to the LLS mission.

Since the two top fundraising teams collected more than $50,000 in donations, both will have the opportunity to be connected with one of LLS’s Research Portfolios. The portfolios include a variety of projects that focus on specific blood cancer research, so the candidate teams may choose one that is meaningful to them.

“Congratulations and thank you to Team Just Cure It, and to all of our candidate teams who participated in this year’s campaign,” said Lori Glowacki, LLS CTWHV Chapter Executive Director. “We had a wonderful class of passionate, determined students, who were leaders in their schools and communities. Some were personally touched by blood cancer. Their efforts will go far in making an impact on the fight to beat cancer.”

Participants in fundraising campaigns, like Students of the Year, are helping LLS make an impact on the lives of cancer patients. LLS is leading the charge in exploring new paths to cures and treatments, with almost 300 cutting-edge research projects underway, many in the promising new areas of immunotherapy and personalized medicine. In addition to finding blood cancer cures, many of the treatments LLS has helped fund are now helping patients with other cancers and chronic diseases.

2019 Students of the Year Candidates and Candidate Teams

Just Cure It
Tori Casquarelli, Shannon Hoffman and Kristen Cadge
The Ursuline School

Sophia & Margot’s Warriors
Sophia Shulzhenko and Margot Wies
Pelham High School

Charlie’s Angels
Allie Rosenberg and Max Forte
Irvington High School

Colin & Nate’s Crusade Against Cancer
Colin Sharkey and Nate Henderson
Archbishop Stepinac High School

Arms United
Hammad Hassan
Ossining High School

Katie For A Cure
Katie Broderick
Mamaroneck High School

Heroes For Liz
Heather Symonds
E. O. Smith High School

Tough For Trinity
Samantha Ottowell
Naugatuck High School

Victorious Warriors
Victoria Cartularo
The Harvey School

Once Upon A Cure
Alessia Scaturchio
Wilton High School

Panthers For Progress
Maia Mayers and Amber Alirahi
Pleasantville High School

Paws For A Cause
Laura Finneran, Julia Geremia and Francesca Jereis
The Ursuline School

Koala’s For A Cure
Jeannine Lynch, Mimosa Medeiros and Victoria Diaz
The Ursuline School

Tigers For Treatment
Kyra Broderick, AJ Scapoli And Harrison McCarthy
White Plains High School

Knights For The Fight
Jackson Zweig, Kathrina Exantus and Bailey Getlik
Stamford High School

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