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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures, and ensuring access to treatments for all blood cancer patients. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Student Visionaries of the Year (SVOY) is a seven-week fundraising campaign, beginning January 6, 2024, benefitting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. SVOY candidates are high school students enthusiastic about volunteerism, philanthropy, community outreach, and leadership. These tenacious young changemakers fundraise for LLS in honor of blood cancer patients and survivors. SVOY titles are awarded to the candidate teams who raise the most funds in their community during the 7-week competition. With their mission in mind, LLS is thrilled to celebrate our student visionaries for being leaders today, tomorrow and into the future.
Our Honored Hero - Haley Ashton
Our team is very honored to have Haley Ashton, a local to our community who graduated from Leonardtown High School, as our Honored Hero. The strength and determination Haley put forth as a high school senior fighting ALL is best described as beautiful bravery. She was the third member of her family to have ALL, as her mother and younger sister are all survivors! Haley is now a sophomore attending UMBC and a member of the UMBC Major Hip-Hop Dance Team. She is incredibly grateful for the support LLS has offered her and her family over the years and eager to help raise awareness to aid blood cancer patients around the world!
“As a senior in high school, I was already worried about graduation and college, adding cancer on top of that was a lot. It was support from friends, family, and programs such as LLS that not only got me through treatment but continue to help me thrive today.” - Haley
“It’s scary how much is unknown when it comes to cancer. Knowing all the work LLS has done and continues to do has brought me a lot of hope for the future of blood cancer treatment.” - Haley