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Beaverton teen is LLS 'Student of the Year'

Bryce Dahlgren helped raise over $50,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) -- A local high school student won a national award after helping to raise more than $50,000 to benefit blood cancer research. 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society recently named Bryce Dahlgren, a freshman at Mountainside High School in Beaverton, its Student of the Year

Students across the U.S. competed in the 7-week fundraising contest. Each dollar they raised to benefit LLS and the mission to cure blood cancers counted as one vote.

Bryce helped raise around $51,000 through pizza fundraisers, a benefit "School of Rock" concert and an auction. 

She said she was inspired to raise money and awareness for blood cancers like leukemia simply because so many people suffer from it and she wanted to make a difference. 

"It kind of hit me in the heart where I knew I wanted to do it," Bryce said. 

Julie Davidson, the campaign director for LLS, said the competition is special because all of the students bring something unique to the table. 

"They each have their own network, they each bring their own set of skills, they each build a team around them that hopefully can reach out to as many people as possible and ask for support for what they're doing," Davidson said. 

Davidson said all of the money raised by the students will be put toward blood cancer research happening all over the world, not just in the United States. The funds will also help support patients. 

Bryce said, for her part, she helped raise a little more than $1,000 a day during the competition. She said seeing all of the money that was raised get donated right away was an experience that "felt good." 

"The people supporting us supported us in so many ways -- donating and posting about it, getting people to learn," she said. 

While the Student of the Year campaign has wrapped up, the Man and Woman of the Year competitions are still underway. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hopes to raise $1 million in total. 

Click to learn more about the campaign, nominate a student or apply for next year's contest -- or make a donation.

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