Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Students of the Year Program
In the seven weeks leading up to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Grand Finale Celebration on March 7, Bishop’s sophomore Zaina Ghouri and two of her friends raised more than $75,000. Their team of three “co-candidates” raised the second largest amount for LLS in the 2020 program for San Diego.
Zaina’s team, called “Cure Cancer” participated with 14 other teams from throughout San Diego county in this annual friendly philanthropic competition to support blood cancer research. According to the LLS website, “Students of the Year is a seven-week philanthropic leadership development program during which students foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing and project management” in order to raise funds for LLS. Each team works in honor of a local patient. “Students of the Year candidates are high school students who are interested in and enthusiastic about volunteerism, philanthropy, community outreach, and leadership.
Zaina shares, “Although the total amounts of funds went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for cancer research we did it in honor of a local hero in our area, Caden Timmer, a 13 year-old boy who was diagnosed a couple years ago and is now in remission. Research done through this organization has been useful in developing treatments for other cancers; as my paternal grandfather passed of cancer, I also wanted to do this in memory of him.”
“A friend of mine also had a personal connection to cancer and she invited me to join the campaign with her. After speaking with members of the organization, it was very inspiring to see how much LLS has done for families facing cancer.
“You never really realize how many people in your life have been affected by cancer; cancer doesn't discriminate against age, gender, or race, it can affect anyone. This is one of the reasons why I was so motivated to raise as much money as I could. Even though there is a high rate of remission compared to what it was years ago, I learned that until we get to 100%, there is still a lot of work that needs to get done. I learned the importance of teamwork, public speaking and leadership; our team was appreciative of any amount donated.”
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.