Breanne Tehan ’22 and Avery Zulick ’22 raised $116,806 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Dallas Chapter of Students of the Year.
Students of the year is a seven-week philanthropic leadership development program that raises funds for LLS to fight blood cancer, a disease that is diagnosed every 3 minutes in the U.S.
In total, 17 high school student-led teams in Dallas raised $615,114 in support of LLS’s mission from January 8 to February 25, 2022.
Avery first became involved in LLS for the first time back in 2020. She joined a fellow Ursuline student’s team and during their campaign, she quickly learned how great of an impact LLS has on blood cancer patients and their families.
“This year, I was nominated to lead as Co-Candidate with my close friend and Ursuline classmate, Breanne. I have watched my family and friends battle cancer and this campaign was where I knew I would make an impact,” she said.
Breanne has always loved serving others, especially within the medical community so when she received the call to participation in the Student of the Year Campaign, she was thrilled!
“My goal in life is to work with children with cancer, and I felt that this campaign would inspire me to work hard to achieve my goal,” she said.
For Avery, the most challenging part of the program was managing a team of 23 individuals and helping each one of them to surpass their individual goals while also working toward their team goal.
For Breanne, it was rejection.
“I sent over 700 emails and around 200 texts asking people to donate to this campaign,” she said. “It was discouraging to not receive responses, however, I turned this into a competitive drive to seek out those who were excited to donate to this great cause!”
Throughout the campaign, students learn skills in public speaking, marketing, and entrepreneurship all while raising funds and awareness for LLS.
“I will take these skills with me to college and beyond,” said Avery. “I realized we can achieve anything if we set our mind to it!”
The campaign taught Breanne to empathize with others.
“Each person who donated to our campaign has been impacted by cancer in some form throughout their lives,” she said. “Listening to people’s experiences has taught me to not take health for granted and I am blessed to have these people in my life.”
They are each grateful for their 23 team members from various Dallas area schools who helped them throughout this experience.
“We could not have done it without them!” said Avery. She will attend the University of Southern California and plans to study Communications.
Breanne will attend The University of Oklahoma and plans to study Nursing and Nutrition with the goal of becoming a Pediatric Oncology Nurse.