Students raise over $242,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Students raise over $242,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh-area high school students raised $242,357 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during the nonprofit’s fourth annual Students of the Year campaign.

Team Claire Bear, led by senior Claire Katz, raised $82,004 and was named the Western PA and WV 2020 Students of the Year winner. Katz received a $2,500 scholarship along with a job shadowing opportunity.

“From the very start of this campaign, these students were determined to exceed all expectations,” Alli Kenneweg, LLS Campaign Manager, said in a press release. “What they were able to achieve with the help of their family and friends during a pandemic, nonetheless, is truly incredible. This record-breaking fundraising year will have a tremendous impact on our patients and their families.”

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Halfway through fundraising efforts, students had to switch to virtual events due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some organized a talent show, magic show, cabaret and other events.

The money raised by the students will benefit the critical research and patient programs supported by LLS.

For more information on the Students of the Year campaign, or to nominate a student for the 2021 program, visit: