April 18,2013 -- Scott Savacool of Chesterfield and Mary Frontczak of Kirkwood are Man & Woman of the Year for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Gateway Chapter (LLS). Their totals will now be entered into the national competition for Man & Woman of the Year.
During a 10-week fundraising period beginning with a kickoff celebration, the candidates were judged solely on their success in generating funds to advance the mission of LLS. Every dollar raised counted as one "vote." Scott Savacool and Mary Frontczak were the candidates with the most "votes," and were awarded the titles of 2013 Man & Woman of the Year at the grand Finale Celebration on April 18. The candidates competed in honor of LLS' Boy & Girl of the Year who are sources of inspiration.
Prior to turning 7-years-old, Tyler, 2013 Boy of the Year, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He was treated and the leukemia went into remission whereupon he received maintenance chemotherapy for three years. Tyler powered through his cancer like a man on a mission and that mission was to beat cancer. He was even able to return to school and participate in something he dreamed about every day, football. In January 2013, Tyler relapsed and was sent to the intensive care unit. Sadly, his battle ended six weeks ago. He was 12 years old. Tyler set an example for all the candidates. He was brave, strong, giving and mature beyond his years. LLS will continue to pursue it's mission in his memory.
Katelyn is an upbeat 8-year-old who loves nature and has dreams of becoming an aquatic veterinarian. Until then, she is happy to practice her skills with her two dogs, Junior and Daisy. Katelyn was diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma in December 2010. She began her journey shy and scared, but has blossomed into a confident girl who loves to share her story. Katelyn's confidence has been a pillar of strength for her family and has given them hope when there seemed to be none. She is currently undergoing maintenance chemotherapy.
The money raised by candidates is used by LLS to fund research seeking cures, better therapies, and to provide information and support so that patients have the best possible outcomes through their cancer diagnosis.
Altogether, Man & Woman of the Year candidates raise $300,000 for local blood cancer patients and researchers. "This is just one of our campaigns that allow the Gateway Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to assist more than 5,000 local patients and their families with financial aid, co-pay assistance, support groups, and education. The money raised also allows LLS to provide information in more than 580 schools on cancer and volunteerism and support children returning to school after treatment," says Debbie Kersting, the Gateway Chapter's executive director. "We are forever grateful to Scott, Mary and the other candidates because we could not maximize the fight against blood cancer without their diligence and network of support. After all, blood cancer is the leading cause of deaths from cancer in children under the age of 20 and it strikes adults 10 times harder. There is no stopping until we find a cure. Today, all ten leaders are winners. Cancer is the loser."
Man & Woman of the Year was possible due to many community partners, including: BJC Healthcare, GalaxE, Edward Jones, Enterprise Holdings, Inc., Express Scripts, North Highland Worldwide Consulting, TATA Consultancy Services, Cognizant, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Flemings, and Kraftig Lager.
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/gat