Sophomore Nominated for LLS Students of the Year Program

Natalie Ficca, Class of 2024, has been nominated to represent The Ellis School in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2022 Students of the Year program.
Students of the Year is a seven-week fundraising challenge through which high school students put their entrepreneurial and leadership skills to work in order to raise money and awareness for 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. The student who raises the most funds will receive a $1,250 scholarship, with an opportunity to receive an additional $250 Citizenship & Mission scholarship.

Speaking about why she wanted to become involved with LLS, Natalie shared:

"I wanted to join this campaign because cancer research is an increasingly important cause. Through funding cancer research, we can help make groundbreaking discoveries that can save lives and hopefully one day lead to a cancer-free life for everybody. Cancer has a universal impact, so even though I didn't have a personal connection, cancer was still present in my life. I can't wait until someone I know gets cancer to decide it is important. As long as people are still having to experience cancer, it is everyone's problem, and through this campaign we can help solve it. We don't have to be world-renowned scientists or have extensive knowledge of leukemia and lymphoma to make a difference; we can make a difference as a community of dedicated people who are driven to help."

Natalie is joined on her fundraising team by sophomore Sara Woodside and has just seven weeks to raise as much money as possible to benefit LLS. If you would like to support Natalie in her efforts, you can make a donation online here
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