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CLHS student aims for ‘Student of the Year’ by fundraising for cancer research

Jan. 24, 2019

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — One Concordia Lutheran High School student is running for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Student of the Year” — and he’s aiming to make a big difference with his campaign.

Alongside other Concordia students and a few from other schools, freshman Max Cohen is aiming to raise $20,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), which will be used to support cancer research.

“I think it’s my job as a Christian. It’s our job to help those in need,” Cohen said of his team.

Cohen is following in his mother’s footsteps who ran for “Woman of the Year” two years ago, raising $70,000 for the organization.

According to the LLS website, “Students of the Year is a philanthropic leadership development program for exemplary high school students. During the campaign, participants foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing and project management in order to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The title Student(s) of the Year is awarded to the candidate or co-candidates in each community that raise the most funds during the seven-week competition.”

The competition kicked off on Jan. 17 and will conclude on March 8 with the announcement of the “Student of the Year.”

“This fundraising initiative is particularly impactful because these kids prove that students can make an impact in the lives of people who are fighting blood cancers,” said Lydia Foster, campaign assistant for LLS.

Through the campaign, students will be fundraising through their own personal websites as well as through creative events and ideas at the school and in the community.

“This campaign is not about winning as it is caring for one another and following the word of God,” Cohen said.

If you are interested in supporting Cohen’s project for LLS, visit to donate today.

Concordia Lutheran High School, located at 1601 St. Joe River Drive in Fort Wayne, Ind., was founded in 1935 as a private, co-educational Lutheran high school open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. With Christ at the center, Concordia continues to pursue educational excellence that equips individuals for lifelong learning and service as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more at