Madeira juniors raise $175k for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, named Students of the Year

March 4, 2019

This winter, Lilly Evans ’20 and Gabrielle Russo ’20 set an ambitious goal of raising $50,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). They blew past their original fundraising goal and ended up with more than three times that amount, raising over $175,000, and winning the title of Students of the Year.

A $5,000 college scholarship was awarded to both Lilly and Gabrielle in recognition of their Student of the Year achievement. As part of their LLS fundraising plan, the girls made personal appeals, solicited large corporations, held fundraisers at local restaurants, and worked with their school community.

Student of the Year is a national seven-week challenge through which high school student leaders raise funds and awareness for the fight against blood cancers. The campaign began on January 10 and culminated with the Grand Finale Celebration on March 2. All funds raised will benefit the LLS mission: “to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.”

Gabrielle’s dedication to the cause was inspired by her father’s battle with Leukemia.
“I have been involved in LLS since I was younger because my dad is a Leukemia survivor. LLS has saved so many lives, including my dad’s, through their research and I am honored to contribute to the cure. The lasting impact we are making on the lives of the patients and their families with the funds we have raised is life changing.”

Lilly and Gabrielle were not alone in their efforts. They recruited several other Madeira students as team members. Gigi Jacobsen ‘20, Kate Gerrish ‘20, and Nat Galvan-Duque ’20 happily joined the cause. Each team member helped them reach out to a larger network of possible donors.

Combined with Lilly and Gabrielle’s team efforts, the 2019 Student of the Year candidates raised over $2 million.

Congratulations Lilly and Gabrielle!