LSWHS student also earns organization’s Leadership Award
Lee’s Summit North High School seniors Logan French and Ben Durbin were recently named 2017 Students of the Year by the Mid-America Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. According to the society, the organization’s first annual Students of the Year campaign exceeded all expectations with eight candidate teams, comprised of 11 high school students, raising $50,000 to help find cancer cures.
Logan and Ben raised more than $8,600. The students will share a $2,500 college scholarship and Lee’s Summit North’s Science Department received a $2,500 grant.
In addition, Katelyn Colon of Lee’s Summit West High School was awarded the organization’s Leadership Award and received a $500 college scholarship. Katelyn Colon, Savannah Jefferis-Henriques and Nicole Taylor were members of a fundraising team from Lee’s Summit West High School.
“These students are an inspiration. They embody the idea that anyone can make a difference with hard work and dedication,” said Janna LaCock, executive director of the organization’s Mid-America Chapter. “What the candidates were able to achieve in seven weeks is truly amazing, and will have a tremendous impact on the lives of blood cancer patients and their families.”
Participants in fundraising campaigns, like Students of the Year, are helping the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society make an impact on the lives of cancer patients, not someday, but today. The society is leading the charge in exploring new paths to cures and treatments, with almost 300 cutting-edge research projects underway, many in the promising new areas of immunotherapy and personalized medicine. In addition to finding blood cancer cures, many of the treatments the society has helped fund are now helping patients with other cancers and chronic diseases.