The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s New England Chapter Announces
2019 Boston Man & Woman of the Year Winners
Wellesley, MA May 22, 2019 – A Dorchester woman and a Worcester man have been named the winners of this year’s Man & Woman of the Year of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) New England chapter.
The two winners, Dean Stamoulis, owner of Garden Fresh Deli & Catering, and Lauren Jones, the State Director for Apprenti Massachusetts raised $77,625 and $85,666 respectively, to support LLS’s goal to find cures for blood cancers and ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments. Collectively 11 candidates raised $458,300.
During a spirited 10 week fundraising period beginning with a kickoff celebration, candidates across the country competed in honor of a local boy or girl who is a blood cancer survivor to raise the most funds to ensure a world without blood cancers.
Candidates and their campaign teams were judged solely on fundraising success, each dollar counting as one vote. Their totals are then considered for the national title. Candidates in each LLS chapter across the country vie for the local title, and the highest fundraisers earn the title of National Man & Woman of the Year. The national titles will be awarded to the top fundraisers in the country, to be announced this summer.
Jones ran her campaign in honor of her mother, a multiple myeloma survivor, and in memory of her aunt who passed away from lymphoma in 2013. In addition to becoming the 2019 Boston Woman of the Year, Jones has run several marathons with LLS’s endurance sport program, Team in Training. Stamoulis ran an exciting campaign in honor of Boy & Girl of the Year. The Boy of the Year, Jackson, is a 3 year old leukemia patient diagnosed in October 2018 who resides in Portland, ME. The Girl of the Year, Cayleigh, is a 4 year old leukemia patient diagnosed at 18 months old from Clinton, MA.
“Congratulations to our winners, and to all of our candidates and campaign team members who participated in this year’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign,” said Laura MacNeill, LLS New England Executive Director. “These exceptional volunteers are all passionate and determined individuals, and leaders in their communities. Together, we are getting closer to LLS’s goal of a world without blood cancer.”
By raising over $50,000 both of our winners earned the opportunity to link their name and a loved one’s name to an LLS funded research portfolio. $50,000+ candidates include, Woman of the Year, Lauren Jones from Apprenti; Man of the Year, Dean Stamoulis from Garden Fresh Deli & Catering; John Katsetos from AbbVie; Katie Sullivan Taulane from Agios Pharmaceuticals; and Nichole Theriault from Por-shun, Inc. Additional candidates include, Chris Jones from Spectrix Analytical Services, Michaela Battistoni from Meraki Beauty Greenfield; Cathy Donahue from Newton-Wellesley Hospital; Tara Funk-Folger from Liberty Mutual; Paula Hamann from Worcester Academy; and Samantha Shedlock.
LLS is the world’s leading non-profit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding cures for blood cancers and ensuring that patients have access to lifesaving treatments. Every nine minutes someone in the U.S. dies of a blood cancer. Through programs like Man & Woman of the Year, LLS has invested more than $1.2 billion in research to advance breakthrough therapies. In 2017 alone, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 18 therapies to treat patients with blood cancers, including some entirely new agents and some new uses for already approved drugs. The funds raised through LLS's Man & Woman of the Year are used for:
- Research to advance targeted therapies and immunotherapies that are saving thousands of lives;
- Blood cancer information, education and support for patients;
- Policies that ensure patients have access to blood cancer treatments.
Visit the Man & Woman of the Year website (www.mwoy.org/boston) and learn how you can become engaged with LLS.
Thank you to our generous sponsors; Gold: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Silver: Boston’s Best Coffee Roasters, Bronze: Massachusetts General Hospital, Marylou’s Coffee, TransAmerica, Celgene, MJW Charitable Foundation, and Por-Shun Inc.