MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- A dozen Madison-area students raised more than $200,000 in the fight against blood cancers for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Wisconsin. The big winner of the night was Ava Jambor of Middleton. Her team, "Noah's Army," raised more than $50,000.
Jambor was named the 2019 Student of the Year in front of a packed ballroom Thursday night.
"I'm just full of happiness and beyond thankful for everyone that contributed," said Jambor just moments after being announced the winner.
She thanked her team and everyone that contributed, but she had a special shoutout for Noah, a little boy who's an ALL patient.
"Noah has really been my inspiration since the first day I met him," said Jambor.
Student of the Year is a competitive, seven-week philanthropic leadership development program that raises money benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). LLS brands itself as the world's largest non-profit fighting blood cancer. This is the first year the event was held in the Madison Area.
Other participants include:
Gabrielle Fellenz: University School of Milwaukee
Morgan Fimreite: Portage High School
Grace Garner: Fall River High School
Meghana Kalluri: Madison Memorial High School
Christopher Lofts: Jackson's Crew
Maddy Megal: University School of Milwaukee
Samantha Probelsky: Monona Grove High School
Kaylee Ramirez: DeForest Area High School
Maddie Ripp: Waunakee High School
Jaskiran Sandhu: Madison Memorial High School
Maddy Setterlund: Sauk Prairie High School
Riva Shrestha: Madison Memorial High School
The 2019 Honored Hero was Jackson Landphier of Rio. He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in October of 2016. At the program Thursday night, his mother, Sarah, proudly announced he only has 7 days of treatment left.
NBC15's Amy Pflugshaupt served as the program's emcee.