Colburn competes to raise money for cancer research

Wilton High School senior Ana Colburn is one of 15 local students competing to raise money for blood cancer research during the Connecticut Westchester Hudson Valley Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s third annual Student of the Year campaign.

The seven-week-long campaign began Jan. 18. Last year’s participants raised more than $130,000 to help find blood cancer cures. This year’s goal is $150,000.

The young philanthropists are competing in support of the campaign’s Honored Hero, six-year-old local blood cancer survivor Giovanni “Gio” Toribio, who was diagnosed with lymphoma at age 4 and is now cancer free.

On her Student of the Year page, Ana wrote that her mission is to “not only raise as much money as possible,” but also “help bring attention to blood cancers like leukemia — the most common form of cancer in children and teens.”

The candidate or team of candidates who raise the most money at the end of the competition will earn a $2,500 college scholarship grant.

Others will be selected to receive awards based on their campaign’s commitment to community, leadership and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission.

The winners will be announced at a Grand Finale Gala at Chelsea Piers in Stamford on March 8.

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