Fayetteville, Ark.— The New School student Marleigh Hayes, The New School Class of 2021, was named Student of the Year by the Northwest Arkansas Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Over the course of four months, Hayes raised more than $30,000 for the organization through her campaign. The funds raised through this program directly benefit the regional organization’s efforts to fight blood cancer.
“Receiving this award has positively impacted me in many ways,” Hayes said. “I gained a new perspective on blood cancers through the stories of families of cancer patients and about the different forms of education on the LLS and blood cancers. I also learned that as long as I work my hardest, my goals can be achieved.”
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) website states: “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 The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world's largest nonprofit fighting blood cancer. The title Student(s) of the Year is awarded to the candidate or co-candidates in each community who raises the most funds during the competition.”
“This cause is important to me because of the people I have seen in my life and community impacted by blood cancers,” Hayes said.
After receiving the nomination from a member of The New School community, Hayes began raising funds as one of 13 student-candidates for the regional chapter of the LLS. Candidates ran unique campaigns to compete to raise the most funds for the organization.
To raise funds and awareness, Hayes created a social media presence that she used to promote individual donations and sell items through an auction. Hayes also sought sponsorships from companies in the area.
“I was honored to be able to participate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year program,” Hayes remarked. “I will forever be changed by the stories I heard, the important information I learned, and the lives I was able to impact.”
Hayes will remain involved with the LLS and will participate in its leadership team to mentor the 2021 candidates.
Rachel Bruton, Communications Manager