After Kyle Beasley’s grandfather, David M. Mabee (In Photo above), died in July of 2017 of multiple myeloma, he knew that the Student of the Year campaign was something that he wanted to support in memory of his grandfather.
by Cassie Mattia
Loveland, Ohio – The people of Loveland have always been known for being advocates for a great cause. Whether it’s helping a new local business succeed or supporting a local non-profit, the “Sweetheart of Ohio,” ALWAYS lives up to its reputation.
Two seniors out of Loveland High School, Kyle Beasley and Frannie Cornett have made it their mission this year to fight for the greater good through a campaign called “Student of the Year,” sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).
“The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society typically nominates a student each year that is adequately able to involve their peers, community, and family in a campaign that builds them as human beings and supports an organization that is putting forth their efforts into a fantastic cause,” Beasley explained, “The Student of the year receives a $2,500 scholarship that, if running alone, is taken in full. Or, in my case, is split in two with their partner(s).”
After Beasley’s grandfather, David M. Mabee, died in July of 2017 of multiple myeloma, he knew that the Student of the Year campaign was something that he wanted to support in memory of his grandfather.
“My grandfather was a person who always brightened a room with his smile. His charisma was unparalleled and he always enjoyed meeting new people and being with my sister and me,” Beasley said, “Whether it was on stage directing shows, attending church, or celebrating holidays with my family, David Mabee made every single day better for every person he was around.”
Beasley and his partner, Frannie Cornett, will tag team a 7-week fundraiser in which they will solicit sponsorships, receive donations and sell ads that will be a part of their grand finale program.
“Our plan is to reach out to local businesses and community members for donations to LLS,” Beasley explained, “We are also doing our best to set up corporate meetings in which we present our cause and try to lock down corporate partnerships with LLS for our Grand Finale Gala on March 2nd.”
Beasley and Cornett’s goal is to raise $50,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, an added bonus being that Beasley would also be awarded the privilege of naming a research grant in his grandfather’s name.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma society is an integral part of blood cancer research and without it, my grandfather wouldn’t have had the life he did the five years following diagnosis.
“The Leukemia and Lymphoma society is an integral part of blood cancer research and without it, my grandfather wouldn’t have had the life he did the five years following diagnosis,” Beasley said, “Out of the 25 FDA approved treatments in 2018, 20 of them were backed by LLS’s efforts. Saying that, it should go without saying that LLS is making a difference across the nation and revolutionizing how we approach blood cancers.”
Although Beasley admits Cornett and himself are little far off their goal of 50,000 dollars, they are not giving up as they have a plethora of fun and exciting fundraisers coming up.
“We are holding a spirit night at Chik-fil-A at Deerfield Crossing in Mason from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on January 29th and we are also holding a ‘Minute to Win it” fundraiser at the Loveland boys varsity basketball game against Milford on February 7th,” Beasley said, Minute to Win it is a minute long event held at halftime of a sporting event in which they run the stairs of the stands and attempt to collect as much money as they can.
Beasley, of course, wants to remind those interested in donating that if he and his fundraising team don’t have the chance to get to you during the Minute to Win it challenge they will have a table set up outside of the gym to collect donations.
Whether it was on stage directing shows, attending church, or celebrating holidays with my family, David Mabee made every single day better for every person he was around.
If you would like to be a part of Beasley and Cornett’s Student of the Year campaign you can of course attend the event at Chik-fil-A, in which you would let the cashier know that you’re supporting the Student of the Year campaign so that Beasley and Cornett’s cause receives a 15 percent kickback towards fighting cancer.
You can also make donations directly through the fundraising link at https://events.lls.org/soh.tristatesoy19/kbeasley, or you can write a check. All checks must be written out to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.*
Cash donations can put into an envelopment addressed to:
Kyle Beasley/Frannie Cornett and taken to Loveland High School, #1 Tiger Trail, Loveland, Ohio 45140
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