TMLA Soph Named Student of the Year

TMLA Sophomore Julia O’Sullivan was named 2022 Student of the Year by the campaign for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Julia and her team of Sophs managed to raise over $100,000 for that campaign.

“I ran for Student of the Year to help make a change for kids with cancer,” explains Julia. “I was inspired to do this because my sister was diagnosed with cancer in May of 2019 when she was only 9 years old. She went through a lot of chemotherapy and medicine, but she remained strong through everything. I still felt so bad for her and what she had to endure from this disease. The Leukemia, although draining, did make her a stronger person both physically and mentally.

“I was helped by a lot of other people – my family, my team members Nora Slattery, Allison Mullin,  Rebecca Reisig and their families, and my great community. Where I live, everyone is willing to help everyone with whatever they might be asking for. Whether they donated or even helped at fundraisers, they were a big help.

“We tried to stay motivated and kept trying new things or different ways of fundraising.  We kept putting our cause out there for everyone to see and become informed.”

Their campaign included projects such as a Bungalow Bar fundraiser where they sold raffle tickets, Irish soda bread and T- Shirts that they designed and sold as Team Sister Strong shirts. In Mary Louis, they had a duck race.  Each home room donated a dollar and adopted a duck for the race. The winning home room got a pizza party. Faculty and staff also contributed.

The Student of the Year Campaign is a six to eight week initiative in which nominated high school students, or teams of 2-3 students, participate in a fundraising challenge to aid The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Candidates raise money in honor of a young, local patient hero who is battling or in remission from a blood cancer. The candidate or team who raises the most money at the end of the program is named Student of the Year for their local chapter.

“Never in a million years did I think I would win, let alone fundraise over 100,000 dollars.”  Julia ends with a wish, “I hope I can help in the same way another time, whether I’m on a team or leading my own again.”


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