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ST. ED'S JUNIOR ACCEPTED INTO THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY'S STUDENTS OF THE YEAR CAMPAIGN
Congratulations to Evan Typpo '22 (photographed far left) on being accepted as a candidate in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Students of the Year campaign. Having participated in fundraising events organized by LLS over the past three years, Evan's connection to the LLS mission is personal. "Unfortunately, blood cancer has a history of affecting my family members such as my aunt who passed away 11 years ago. It was difficult to see my family cope after a premature loss," says Evan. "Since then, I have realized that fighting these diseases is not for an individual to battle alone. I am motivated to do whatever I can to prevent other families from going through this struggle and I know that the efforts of myself and my team are saving lives." Evan recruited fellow Edsmen (photographed from right to left) Adam Mocho '22, Thomas Hoffman '22, and Ian Harrington '22 to form Team Miracle Makers who've been working on solidifying a 7-week fundraising initiative to raise money for the LLS campaign. Since August, Evan and his team have organized meetings, scheduled events, and reached out to local businesses in efforts to spread the word about this cause in preparation for the campaign kickoff on January 9, 2021. "The pandemic has been a challenge to work around, but my team and I have brainstormed a few ideas for different activities to boost participation," says Evan. "So far, my teammates on the indoor track team will be hosting a weeklong run-a-thon where each mile recorded for the week will translate to a donation from their family members. This was an innovative way to encourage my teammates to run their best and increase their mileage as we get closer to our first meet for the season." Evan has also arranged for Chipotle on Detroit Avenue to host a fundraiser night for his team on Friday, January 15 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. "When I came to St. Ed's, I immediately understood that everyone around me was extremely talented in their own way," says Evan. "My friends are great athletes, my classmates are outgoing and intelligent, and my teachers are super helpful and encouraging. When I think of St. Ed's call for excellence, I think it's important to challenge myself to go above and beyond through my service. Following this call to help raise awareness for LLS has changed my life and it helps me to be my best self." Evan plans to continue helping and offering service to LLS for many more years to come, especially when he graduates from St. Ed's and can host fundraising events in college. "One of the main takeaways from taking my sophomore Theology class with Mr. Yako is that service is an essential part to a happy life," says Evan. "Being accepted into the LLS Students of the Year campaign is a great honor and it means so much to me. This provides me with the opportunity to make a significant impact on someone else's life." Click here to learn more about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Students of the Year campaign and to make a donation toward Evan's fundraising initiative beginning on January 9, 2021.