What is our Honored Hero Program all about?
An Honored Hero is a dedicated individual or family member, affected by a blood cancer, who serves as an inspiration and provides support to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).
Becoming an Honored Hero is an easy and meaningful way for patients, survivors and their families to support LLS's mission. Stories of strength and courage will be shared with participants and donors to motivate and encourage them to raise funds to benefit LLS. An Honored Hero's story helps put a "face" to LLS's mission, connecting donors and participants further to the cause through various opportunities:
LLS Campaigns and Departments
Donor Development is responsible for raising unrestricted funds to support the overall mission of LLS. Honored Heroes can speak at events or lend their story for fundraising activities.
Light The Night Walk holds two one- mile walks in both Omaha & Lincoln that celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer in support of LLS's mission to cure blood cancers. Honored Heroes may offer their story to help publicize the event, volunteer at the Walk or write thank you notes to sponsors and participants.
Man & Woman of the Year is a spirited 10-week campaign in which nominated candidates compete to raise the most money in honor of local pediatric cancer patients and survivors, the Boys & Girls of the Year. Young Honored Heroes can be a Boy or Girl of the Year and serve as a source of motivation and inspiration for the candidates.
Patient Services provides educational, emotional, and financial support to patients and families whose lives have been touched by a blood cancer. Honored Heroes can become Patient Services Ambassadors, representing LLS and sharing information about the organization with the community. Honored Heroes are also invited to share their story with legislatures and local politicians to advocate on behalf of LLS.
Pennies for Patients is a community service program in which students collect loose change to raise funds for blood cancer research and patient services. Honored Heroes may be featured on a poster or visit schools to share their story.
Team In Training participants are supported in achieving their goal of walking or running a marathon or half marathon, cycling a century ride, or completing a triathlon while they raise funds for LLS's mission. Honored Heroes motivate team members through communication during training and attendance at team functions.
February 2015: Kohen
January 2015: Nikos
December 2014: Kaitlyn
November 2014: Beverly
October 2014: Alex
September 2014: Ron
August 2014: Drake
Topics include current and emerging treatment options, disease monitoring, side effects management, quality of life issues, etc.