My granddaughter Anita is working on the Campaign for the the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for “Student of the Year” at her school “McGehee” in New Orleans. She is on a team with her friend Claire Bruton. The team that raises the most money will receive College Scholarship money and get the title of “Student of the Year”.
I am so impressed with my granddaughter and her friend Claire for taking on this endeavor and becoming a “Difference Maker” in their school. It’s especially impressive to me during this Lenten Season for them to be doing God’s calling to make a difference in a child’s life and hopefully find a cure for this dreadful disease and save the lives of both children and adults. It is one of the most beautiful spiritual things I have seen my granddaughter do and I’m so very proud of her. I ask you to read her story and give with your heart to their cause to wipe out Leukemia and Lymphoma forever.
Hello! I am Anita Dongieux, and I am honored to participate in the 2019 Students of the Year program, a seven-week initiative in which select high school students from around the country participate in a fundraising competition to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I am proud to be raising critical dollars in honor of a young patient hero who is currently battling or is in remission from a blood cancer. Each dollar is a vote. The candidate team that raises the most money at the end of the seven weeks is named Student(s) of the Year. Our mission is to not only raise the most money but also to bring attention to blood cancers like leukemia, which is the most common form of cancer in children and teens.
Growing up, I have witnessed many stories from family and friends, talking about how cancer has affected them and their loved ones in the past, so when I got this opportunity to participate in such a wonderful campaign I knew I needed to make myself a part of it. I am most proud to be able to compete in such a rewarding experience at such a young age– not only has this campaign taught me a ton about how LLS is helping to fund blood cancer research and patients dealing with cancer, but it has also taught me amazing life skills that I will remember forever. I hope to carry on this tradition of working with the LLS organization at my school, Louise S. McGehee, and to inspire the younger girls of my school to participate as well. As my school’s motto states “Leading Women”, I hope that through my actions I can inspire everyone to stay active in their community and to learn to love helping others in any way possible.
Since the early 1960s, five-year survival rates for many blood cancer patients have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled. And many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are helping patients with other cancers and serious diseases. In fact, drugs first approved for blood cancers are now approved to treat patients with stomach cancers, skin cancers, and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
We really are changing the face of blood cancer!
All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. They’ll not only support LLS-funded research but will help provide critical information and support for patients, and support advocacy for laws to ensure patients can access the care and treatments they need.
Click here to donate: https://events.lls.org/msla/nolasoy19/katyiseighty
You can also mail a check to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at:
3636 South I-10 Service Road, Suite 304, Metairie, LA 70001. Please make sure to insert Anita’s name on the memo line.
Anita and I want to Thank You for donating!