Three LHS students begin 7-week campaign to

benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

By Julia Quigley – Special to Loveland Beacon

LOVELAND, OH (February 16, 2021) – Loveland High School students Bella Dillhoff, Carly Wilhoite and Morgan Wheeler have teamed up to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) as Loveland’s representatives for the organization’s  7-week Student of the Year campaign.

Loveland High School students Bella Dillhoff, Carly Wilhoite and Morgan Wheeler (Provided)

The three senior girls will be raising money for cancer research, as well as helping to support the families of different cancer patients. Their goal for this year is to raise $35,000 (with a $75,000 stretch goal.) If $50,000 or more is raised, a research grant will be awarded and named after a person of the girls’ choice.

This is the fourth year Loveland has participated in fundraising for LLS. Thirteen teams from schools all over the Greater Cincinnati area will participate in the campaign this year. “Student of the Year” is awarded to the student/student team that raises the most money. Last year, Loveland raised just over $58,000 for the organization.

Fundraising officially starts this Wednesday, February 17th, and runs through April 9th. The girls are organizing and planning events such as raffles, food and coffee trucks, and a dodgeball tournament. Around 20 team members will help out to make each event possible. They are also selling t-shirts, which can be purchased at RP Diamond. An online auction to raise money will take place on April 9th via Zoom, anyone is welcome to log in and participate.

LHS Team CUREage 2.0 t-shirts worn by the Students of the Year girls (Provided)

When asked about why they wanted to participate in Student of the Year, the girls shared a moving story about their team mentor, Kathrine Rose (teacher at Loveland Middle School) and how her personal experience inspired them to start their own team. In August of 2019, Rose’s aunt was diagnosed with Leukemia, and unfortunately passed away three weeks later, before she could even begin treatment. The story of Ms. Rose’s aunt inspired the girls to come together and create their own group.

“Basically, we were all team members just helping out with the team when her aunt passed away, so we weren’t actually running it last year,” said Morgan Wheeler.  “But after we all saw how much of an impact LLS had and that the work we did on the team was so valuable, it really inspired all of us to step up and take on the mission this year by leading our own team.”

You can help your local Loveland High School Students in their campaign to support the efforts of LLS. Donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

CLICK HERE to Donate to TeamCureage 2.0 online. The team’s Instagram page is @lovelandteamcureage2.0 and Twitter is @Teamcureage2. You make a difference!

Julia Quigley is a senior at Loveland High School and regular contributing student reporter for Loveland Beacon online news. 

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