LLS campaign approaching finale
— Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the Eastern Shore is fast approaching the finale of the fifth annual Man and Woman of the Year campaign.
The 10-week campaign is an intensive effort to raise
funding for blood cancer research. This year features ten men and women who, along with their teams, have held a wide variety of fundraising events to support the cause and compete for the title of Man or Woman of the Year at the Grand Finale Gala, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge on Saturday, June 10.
Every dollar raised counts as one vote, and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of 10 weeks. Candidates will still be accepting donations through to the very end of the gala event. Seventy-seven percent of each dollar raised goes directly to research.
The 2016 campaign was a record-breaking year for the LLS of the Eastern Shore, raising $476,859 — a record for any Maryland chapter and nearly double what was raised on the Eastern Shore in the 2015 campaign — for the LLS mission to find a cure for blood cancers.
“We cannot save lives without you,” said Maryland LLS Executive Director Jonathan Wilson at the kickoff event in March. “Those that have been involved with the campaign for the last five years, know that we have been very aggressive at LLS about finding a cure. We’re on the cusp of some really breakthrough treatments and research that is going to save lives today.”
This year’s candidates are John Bunce with Team Crushin’ Orange; Kasey Deal with Team Orange Blossoms; Kim Leavers with Team Shore 4 A Cure; Andrew Tawes with Team Andrew for Gateway Subaru; Captain Willie Dykes with Team Willie for Gateway Subaru; Laura Greenwell with Team Crafting a Cure; Alyssa Miller with Team Curesaders; Ryan Snow with Team It’s a Cure Thing; Melissa Coligan with Team Missy’s Mojo; and Curt Kersey with Team Lymphomaniacs.
Several of the candidates represent teams that have been involved with the campaign for multiple years. They have chosen to participate in honor of a loved one battling cancer, due to their own cancer battle, or simply because they want to contribute to a great cause.
LLS Eastern Shore is excited to have their first candidates from Wicomico County in Tawes and Dykes, co-hosts of the weekly television program Outdoors Delmarva that airs on WBOC-TV 16.
All candidates have pages on the LLS Eastern Shore website, www.mwoy.org/ md/localchapter/mwoyes, where the community can make donations and receive updates.
Each year, a Boy and Girl of the Year are invited to represent the cause throughout the campaign.
This year’s Girl of the Year is Mia Frank, a 3-year old girl fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She was diagnosed late last year and will enter what is called the maintenance phase after one more cancer treatment.
The Boy of the Year is 6-year-old Wyatt Russum, and he was diagnosed with ALL at four years old in 2015.
Emily Murray of Team Crushin’ Orange was named 2016 Woman of the Year with $135,882 raised. Rich Catan of Team Missy’s Mojo was named 2016 Man of the Year with $74,109.77 raised.
The 2017 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the Eastern Shore Man and Woman of the Year candidates.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man of the Year candidate John Bunce with his team Crushin’ Orange and Girl of the Year Mia Frank at the 2017 kickoff Thursday, March 30.
Captain Willie Dykes, left, and Andrew Tawes, right, with Team Andrew meet 2017 Girl of the Year Mia Frank.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 2017 Girl of the Year Mia Frank, a three-year old girl fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia, gets dressed up at Harris Crab House in Grasonville for the 2017 kickoff Thursday, March 30.