Fundraising Campaigns

In 2018 alone, campaign participants across the country helped us raise a record-breaking total of more than $250 million.

Through our signature fundraising campaigns, participants help us support lifesaving research, patient and healthcare provider support and education, and advocacy efforts that benefit blood cancer patients.


LLS has been a pioneer in creating unique and innovative peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns, including:

Team In Training

Fundraising Teammates celebrated at over 25 epic endurance events annually

2018 marks the 30th year of Team In Training, and LLS continues to innovate a platform for fundraisers to change lives – both theirs and those impacted by blood cancers. This industry-leading endurance sport fundraising campaign continues to deliver a transformative experience that inspires and supports “teammates” through camaraderie, coaching and an engaging journey of personal discovery. Team In Training teammates complete events in Run/Walk, Cycle, Tri, and Hike. Teammates have also started fundraising through new cycling and climbing experiences with numerous fundraisers summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, journeying to Everest Basecamp and cycling over some of Europe’s historic mountains, all while raising money and awareness for LLS. The campaign has raised more than $1.5 billion and trained more than 650,000 teammates since 1988. In FY18, the campaign significantly exceeded its revenue goals, indicating that strategic rebranding efforts are paying off and delivering results for our mission.

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Light The Night

More than 1 Million Participants Annually

Light The Night is a powerful campaign bringing light to the darkness of cancer. One million friends, families and co-workers gather together, carrying illuminated lanterns in 140 inspirational evening walks to celebrate, honor or remember those touched by cancer.

Coming off a record-breaking year as the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum’s Program of the Year, Light The Night continued to show growth year-over-year and moved from ninth largest peer-to-peer fundraising program in America to fifth largest, raising $700 million since 1999.

Through Light The Night, thousands of national partners, sponsors and corporate teams are helping LLS fund lifesaving research and support for patients battling cancer. The Light The Night campaign is the perfect platform for industry partners, as it allows them to bring their messages of support directly to blood cancer communities across the country. For 2018, The National Presenting Sponsors of Survivorship and Hope are Pharmacyclics and Janssen Biotech, Inc.

In 2016, Light The Night introduced Random Acts of Light. Patients and survivors across the country have been surprised with special moments, including some with favorite athletes and celebrities. This year marked the second annual Random Acts of Light Day on June 13, and garnered significant awareness on top media outlets across the country.

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Man & Woman of the Year

Over 10,000 Participants Annually

Man & Woman of the Year is a 10-week philanthropic competition for community leaders across the United States in honor of a local boy and girl with blood cancer.

By engaging influential community leaders, Man & Woman of the Year taps into the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that has allowed LLS to achieve great success in funding groundbreaking research to advance cancer cures. The winners receive LLS’s Man and Woman of the Year titles. Every dollar raised counts as one vote, and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of ten weeks. Top local fundraisers become eligible to win national titles.

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Students of the Year

Over 5,000 Participants Annually

The Students of the Year campaign is a seven-week competition where high school students develop and utilize professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing and project management to raise funds in honor of a young local cancer patient.

For the second year in a row, high school students across the country are redefining what it means to be philanthropic in today’s youth culture. Through LLS’s newest innovation in fundraising, Students of the Year, hundreds of motivated high school student teams raised significant funds for LLS’s cutting-edge cancer research and patient services.

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Student Series

14.5 million+ Students & Their Families Participate

Student Series is a science-based philanthropy program for students from kindergarten to high school. The programs connect schools with local blood cancer patients, provide tangible life skills to participants and allow students to see the impact they’re making in the lives of others. Participating elementary and middle schools receive a proprietary STEM curriculum, aimed at sparking students’ interest in STEM through experiential, hands-on lesson plans and presentations that cover Common Core skills.

More than 14.5 million students, families and educators in 27,000 schools across the United States participate annually. The campaign has raised $368 million since 1993.

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Leukemia Cup Regatta

$66 Million+ Raised Since Inception

The Leukemia Cup Regatta is a thrilling series of events that combines the joy of on-water sports with the important task of raising money to cure cancer. At events held at yacht clubs across North America, skippers register their boats and recruit friends and colleagues to help crew and raise funds. Crew members seek donations from friends, family, co-workers and employers to sponsor their boat.

More than $66 million has been raised through the Leukemia Cup Regatta series for lifesaving research and patient services since its start more than 30 years ago.

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LLS Lifestyle

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In Its Inaugural Year 20,000 Volunteers Raised Over $3M

In October 2017, we launched LLS Lifestyle, a new way to raise funds for LLS. This new peer-to-peer fundraising platform enables LLS supporters to get creative and start their own movement. With LLS Lifestyle, every activity or passion is an opportunity to fundraise for LLS – from bake sales and birthday parties to spin class challenges and video game tournaments. The options are limitless! This year, LLS Lifestyle participants took their creativity to new heights. Among the highlights: The Bob Ross Challenge inspired anyone with a paintbrush to raise funds for LLS in honor of the beloved painter, art instructor and television host, who passed away from lymphoma. Other campaigns included multi-day mountain bike rides across South Africa, birthday fundraisers and charitable wedding registries.

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