Jessica Borst ’20 is a High Honor Roll student at Columbia, a Student Council member and a cancer survivor. She is in her 15th year of remission after being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and is in the middle of a fundraising campaign to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).
In just a few weeks time, Ms. Borst has raised more than $7,000 as part of the LLS Students of the Year fundraising campaign. She agreed to participate after walking in the Runway for a Cure fundraiser.
Ms. Borst has created a Facebook page titled “Columbia’s Got CUREage,” enlisted supporters and organized raffles, bake sales and other events to collect donations.
“I know the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society really helped me,” she said. “It’s a good way to give back to them and to the families affected by it.”
The Students of the Year campaign will end on March 13.
About the Students of the Year Fundraising Campaign
The Students of the Year campaign is a philanthropic leadership development program through which highly motivated, high-school leaders embark on a journey of professional growth, ensuring that they stand out when preparing for college and beyond. During the program, students foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management in order to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Student leaders fundraise for LLS in honor of children who are blood cancer survivors. The title Student(s) of the Year is awarded to the candidate or co-candidate team in each community that raises the most funds during the 7-week competition.