The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Midlands Region kicks off 2023 Student Visionaries of the Year competition

March 15, 2023

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Midlands Region has officially kicked off its trailblazing philanthropic competition for high school students, Student Visionaries of the Year. The seven-week leadership development program, during which students foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management, helps to raise funds for LLS and the fight against blood cancer, a disease diagnosed every 180 seconds in the U.S. that has no current means of prevention.

Student Visionaries of the Year has helped LLS invest more than $1.6 billion in cutting-edge research worldwide, fueling nearly every critical advancement in blood cancer treatment that spans the most promising cancer research. And as the leading source of free blood cancer information, education, and support, LLS helps blood cancer patients and their families through a wide range of free services.

Previously called, “Students of the Year”, the name change to “Student Visionaries of the Year” is an extension of a recent evolution with LLS’s other iconic “Of the Year” campaign, Man & Woman of the Year, which transitioned to Visionaries of the Year in 2022. LLS is proud to being able to recognize its Of the Year candidates for being what it needs most – Visionaries.

This year we have 3 student teams competing for the title of Student Visionaries of the Year. One student is from Dutch Fork High School who is a leukemia survivor. The next student is participating in honor of a friend who lost his battle with leukemia and is from Gilbert High School. Lastly, we have a two-student team from Dixie High School who both have had family members fight various blood cancers.

“These young visionaries are expanding and transforming the landscape of blood cancer care and support for patients,” said Amanda DuPre, Campaign Director of LLS’s Midlands Region.

The funds raised through Student Visionaries of the Year are used for:

• Research to advance lifesaving therapies like immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine, which are saving lives today.
• Free blood cancer information, education and support for patients and families.
• National and local advocacy efforts driving policies that accelerate new treatments and ensure patients have access to care so that they can live longer, healthier lives.

For more information or to get involved, visit and follow-on social media, @LLSusa, #LLSVisionaries.

Blood cancer patients and their families should contact the LLS Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., ET.


About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the global leader in the fight against blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has regions throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

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