January 10, 2011 -- The Gateway Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) launches its 2011 Man & Woman of the Year competition on February 1 to raise money for cancer research and patient services.
Community leaders will compete for the national title of Man & Woman of the Year, an honor surrounded with a great deal of fanfare, including a full-page ad in USA Today, but the most important reason candidates participate is for families like this year's Boy and Girl of the Year, Brendan Su and Sammy Wyeth.
Brendan is a 5-year-old boy with an unbelievable zest for life. When he was just 11-weeks-old, he was diagnosed with Acure Myeloid Leukemia (AML). After enduring five rounds of very intense chemotherapy, Brendan is now coming up on his 5th year of being cancer free.
Sammy, whose favorite song is "Big Girls Don't Cry", will turn 6-years old on February 7. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) two days after Christmas 2007, and for the next two and a half years went through many rounds of chemo and many spinal taps. Sammy was given the all clear last October.
The money raised by candidates over a ten week period is used by LLS to fund research seeking cures and better therapies, and to provide information and support so that patients have the best possible outcomes throughout their cancer experience.
Every dollar raised counts as one "vote." The male and female candidates with the most "votes" will be awarded the title of 2011 Man & Woman of the Year at the Grand Finale Celebration on Thursday, April 14 at the Ritz-Carlton, and then are entered into the competition for National Man & Woman of the Year.
For more information or to join the competition, please contact The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Erin Urban at (314) 878-0780 ext. 37 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional details are available at the campaign's website: www.mwoy.org/gat.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. www.lls.org.