January 20, 2012 -- The Gateway Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) launches its 2012 Man & Woman of the Year competition on February 16 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, Evan and Shamorie.
Evan is a bright 12-year-old boy who loves school, playing the violin, swimming and tennis. When he was 10 years old he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), but he never let it get him down. Evans initial treatments left him completely bald, suffering from neuropathy and 21 pounds lighter. However, with courage and determination, he endured a surgery, two lengthy hospital stays, two weeks of radiation, countless blood and platelet transfusions, and six months of physical therapy to regain his ability to walk and climb stairs. Evan is an amazing young man who, even on his worst days, is constantly seeking ways to help others. Evan should finish chemotherapy in August 2012.
Shamorie is an upbeat 7-year-old who loves to dance, sing and play with her Barbie dolls. She was diagnosed with ALL on February 27, 2011 and was immediately admitted to the hospital to begin chemotherapy. She remained in the hospital for almost three weeks after that, which was hard because she missed her family and two siblings. Shamorie is very grateful for all of the support from her friends in the St. Louis community. She is still in treatment but is determined to win this battle.
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 2012 Man & Woman of the Year at the Grand Finale Celebration on Thursday, April 26 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 Kelly Wahl at (314) 878-0780 ext. 26 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.