Students of the Year
The 2018 Students of the Year Campaign is Just Around the Corner!
This year, the Students of the Year campaign will launch on January 25th and the students have seven weeks to raise as much money as possible in honor of two local blood cancer survivors. The competition will culminate with the Grand Finale on March 17th. That evening, the winner will be announced along with the collective grand total.
Visit our Students of the Year website to learn more about the candidates and donate to their campaigns. Please join us in wishing our nine candidates the best of luck as they kick off their campaigns this month!
Interested in attending the Grand Finale Celebration on Saturday, March 17th? Click below to purchase a ticket!
The Fort Wayne Man & Woman of the Year campaign will kickoff on Thursday, February 22nd and conclude with our Grand Finale Gala at the Parkview Mirro Center for Research & Innovation on Saturday, May 5th. We are currently nominating candidates for the upcoming campaign and are pleased to introduce those who have already signed on to become part of this elite group!
Our 2018 Fort Wayne Man & Woman of the Year candidates are:
Ryan Cybulski | Pink Leaf Learning
Michael Forester | West Point Financial
Kathryn Gentz | Wells Fargo
Brett Gemlick | Ortho Northeast ONE
John Harker | Harker Plumbing
Tony Ruble | Ruble Trucking
Kim Ward | North Eastern Realty Group
Brian McKinley | All Star | Kelley Automotive Group
Each of these candidates will be raising money in honor of our local Boy of the Year, 5 year-old Declan of Fort Wayne, IN. Declan was diagnosed with b-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (b-cell ALL) on November 19, 2012. Today, he is in remission and continues his maintenance phase but looks forward to the end of treatments in March or April of this year.
Declan--2018 Fort Wayne Boy of the Year
2017 was a record breaking year in Fort Wayne as our Man of the Year, George Raptis raised over $91K, beating the previous record by $10K. Of this group of candidates, two of them earned the prestigious honor of being awarded the "Top Fundraising Recognition” award. This award is given to those whose fundraising efforts exceed $50,000, which allows them to link their name and the name of a loved one to one of LLS’s research portfolios. Congratulations to Craig Vanderwall, II (General Petroleum) and George Raptis (Mike Thomas Associates).
If you would like to get involved with the Fort Wayne Man & Woman of the Year campaign or would like to nominate a candidate, please contact Patti O’Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org
News from Student Series: STEM, New Assemblies and New Faces!
Student Series Programs are off and Running!
Several schools have already completed their Pennies for Patients campaigns and many more are set to kick off on February 5. New this year, Student Series is offering STEM curriculum for grades K-5 to our registered schools. We are thrilled to be able to offer this new and exciting component to our schools! Also new this year is our partnership with Amazon—our schools who qualify by raising a minimum of $1,500 are rewarded with Amazon gift cards! As always, we are happy to partner with Domino’s and Olive Garden for our Victory Party offerings. It’s an exciting time for Student Series right now—join our Hero Squad today!
If you are interested in running a Pennies for Patients campaign at a school you work at or your child attends, please contact Campaign Manager, Jill Luke, for all the details. Jill can be reached at 317.860.3858 or email@example.com.
We’re excited to announce that the Indiana Chapter 2017 Light The Night Walks reached one million dollars for the first time in Chapter history!!
Thank you to our incredible sponsors, walkers and volunteers from Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Lafayette and Northeast who have made this incredible milestone possible. Find out the latest news from all the local Walks below.
Congratulations Lafayette! With your help, we surpassed our $80,000 goal!!!
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Greater Lafayette Light The Night Walk:
Thursday, October 11th, 2018 | Columbian Park
We're exited to bring a brand new program to Purdue University this spring - Dodge The Dark! Dodge The Dark is a collegiate fundraising program falling within the Light The Night platform, and culminating in a glow-in-the-dark dodgeball tournament. Click here for more information!
Looking to get more involved in the Greater Lafayette Walk? Contact Emily McDermott at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Congratulations Indianapolis! With your help, we raised a record breaking $850,000!
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Indianapolis Light The Night Walk:
Saturday, October 6th, 2018 | Historic Military Park
Looking to get involved in 2018? Contact Kathy Pelletier at email@example.com for more information about volunteering, becoming a sponsor or walking with your friends and family!
2017 top fundraisers were Jim & Mandy Radtke, who raised $6,358!
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Fort Wayne Light The Night Walk:
Sunday, October 7th, 2018 | Headwaters Park West
For more information on how to get involved with Fort Wayne Light The Night in 2018, contact Patti O'Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 top two teams were
The Coffee Group (Team Captain, Nancy Sible) - $10,755 and
The City of Kendallville (Team Captain, Suzanne Handshoe) - $10,395!
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Kendallville Light The Night Walk:
Tuesday, October 9th | East Noble High School
For more information on how to get involved with Northeast Light The Night in 2018, contact Patti O'Neal at email@example.com.
Join the TNT Alumni Celebration
Thursday, January 18th!
Team In Training’s journey began at the 1988 New York City Marathon when Bruce Cleland formed a team to run in honor of his daughter Georgia, a leukemia survivor. From our very first team until now, Team In Training’s legacy has been built on the efforts of more than 650,000 teammates like you who have raised more than $1.5 billion dollars for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
We are so grateful to our alumni, current teammates and future teammates for helping us raise funds so we can hopefully soon see a world without cancer. We would like to recognize all of you for your hard work, dedication and relentless efforts over the years by inviting you to our 30th anniversary celebration at TwoDEEP Brewery on January 18th. The Reunion Event begins at 6pm and the program will start at 6:45pm.
Executive Director's Report
Happy New Year! As I reflect back on my first year as Executive Director of the LLS Indiana Chapter, I have witnessed our amazing Board of Directors, volunteers, event participants and patient advocates go above and beyond with their dedication and passion to the LLS mission. As a result, we have had a phenomenal year. I am happy to share with you how your time, talent and/or resources made a significant impact in 2017:
- The Light the Night Walk (four walks) for the Indiana Chapter exceeded $1 million for the first time
- The Man & Woman of the Year Campaign raised over $1.1 million for the second consecutive year
- Team In Training raised almost $200,000
- Student Series touched the lives of over 280,000 students and raised over $500,000
- Students of the Year had their inaugural campaign and raised over $200,000
And the reason we raise these funds is for our patients:
- Over 400 Indiana patients were provided over $1 million in co-pay assistance
- Over 300 patients and caregivers were connected to services and support
- We continue to support three researchers at the IU School of Medicine
I have included a link here to a presentation Dr. Lou, LLS National President and CEO, made during his recent visit to our Indiana Chapter. We were thrilled to have Dr. Lou in Indiana, and in watching this presentation, you will see why we are proud to have him as our leader and also learn a little about the cutting edge treatment LLS is investing in.
I have also included here the digital "2017 LLS Annual Report” for you to peruse. Dr. Lou shares, “There is never a good time to get cancer, but this is a phenomenal time to be fighting it”. We agree. You will see the digital cover of the LLS Annual Report is "Volunteers Drive our Impact." Please enjoy reading how you as a volunteer have made a tremendous impact in helping us fund research to eradicate blood cancers and provide a better quality of life for the patients we serve.
For me personally, my life has been enriched and changed by the people I have met this year through LLS. I look forward to our continued relationship to fight cancer and making 2018 one of our best years yet!
I wish you, your loved ones and colleagues a year filled with much happiness and health.