I am so honored to be on the Leukemia and Lymphoma Societys Junior Board. for the second consecutive year. I served on the junior board last year and loved learning about LLS and spreading awareness throughout our community. I am so passionate about LLS and their mission. This past year I won The Studenst Of The Year campaign. This organization changes the lives of so many patients who are fighting for their lives. LLS is near and dear to me for a unique reason. Though I never met my great grandfather I grew up hearing stories about him. My great grandfather passed away from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 1954 at the age of 30 leaving behind his wife and 4 children at the ages of 11,7, 3 ½ , and 18 months. Changing the dynamic of our family forever. Back when my great grandfather was diagnosed the doctors had no idea how to treat Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. My great grandmother drove him to The UCSF hospital multiple times a week for cobalt radiation because that’s the way doctors were taught to treat it. Many patients back then didn’t survive this terrible disease. But today with the advancements in research and technology the survival rate is much higher. However we still need to find a CURE. My goal is to do just that. I know it seems like a reach, but it starts right here with this amazing group of talented young teens who WANT to make a difference. Fighting cancer is in our blood! Thank you!