Shore LLS cam­paign raises $507,261

Record Observer - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — The con­nec­tion of blood helped the Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety of the East­ern Shore sur­pass a mile­stone Satur­day, June 9, by rais­ing $507,261 for the sixth an­nual Man and Woman of the Year cam­paign.

Nine can­di­dates, six women and three men, spent 10 weeks in­ten­sively fundrais­ing for LLS blood can­cer re­search ef­forts in hopes of be­ing the 2018 Man or Woman of the Year. Each can­di­date was backed by a team of fam­ily and friends to help them host fundrais­ing events.

The cam­paign cul­mi­nated June 9 with the Grand Fi­nale Gala at the Hy­att Re­gency Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Re­sort in Cam­bridge.

Kathy Bunce-Cooper, of Church Hill, took home the Woman of the Year crown by rais­ing $119,469 with fourth gen­er­a­tion Team Crushin’ Orange. The win marked the fourth con­sec­u­tive year the team won top hon­ors. Bunce-Cooper joins her two broth­ers Tom Bunce (2015) and John Bunce (2017), and Emily Mur­ray (2016) to win top hon­ors for Team Crushin’ Orange.

“We re­ally are one team,” Bunce-Cooper said. “Ev­ery­one is a winner here.”

Bunce-Cooper said her mother is the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Team Crushin’ Orange, and she re­mains in her heart though she lost her bat­tle with can­cer in 2015.

“I know she is here,” she said. “I know she is so proud of us.

“I’m so hon­ored to be a part of our Team Crushin’ Orange fam­ily. We have the great­est group of sup­port­ers. We are so thank­ful for them.”

Ch­ester­town res­i­dent Parker Welch of the Mary­land Farm Bureau earned the Man of the Year crown by rais­ing $83,259 with the fourth-gen­er­a­tion Team It’s a Cure Thing. Welch’s honor comes a year af­ter Team It’s a Cure Thing mem­ber Ryan Snow was named Man of the Year run­ner-up.

“I want to thank ev­ery­one that con­trib­uted to the cam­paign,” Welch said. “Tonight sums up why we don’t stop ask­ing. When they ask ev­ery­one to stand, who is a sur vivor of a blood can­cer, I had my aunt Terry stand up. I want to thank her for be­ing the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind It’s a Cure Thing’s cam­paign.

“I hope ev­ery­one ap­pre­ci­ates the mis­sion and all the hard work that all the teams put in. I want to give one more round of ap­plause for ev­ery­one who was on a team this year, not just my team but ev­ery­one who com­mit­ted to help raise money.”

Run­ners-up were Team Capel Strong’s Marcy Par­lett of Gra­sonville with $88,485 and Team Show Me the Money’s Phillip Lovell with $12,425.

The 2018 to­tal marks the third straight year the cam­paign raised more than $450,000 and more than dou­bles the 2015 to­tal of $244,000.

“For the last three years, we’ve been shoot­ing for that po­ten­tial $500,000 mile­stone, and to get it this year is amazing,” said Mary­land LLS Di­rec­tor Jonathan Wil­son. “It shows how the East­ern Shore is con­nected in blood.

“The great thing about the East­ern Shore can­di­dates is how they al­ways ask about do­ing more. We could not have raised $507,000 with­out ev­ery­one in the room tonight. Ev­ery sin­gle dol­lar counted. More patients are go­ing to re­ceive fund­ing be­cause of the East­ern Shore, and more re­search is go­ing to get funded be­cause of them.

The Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety of the East­ern Shore also hon­ored all can­di­dates who raised more than $50,000. Join­ing Bunce-Cooper, Par­lett and Welch were Becky Kish with Team Craft­ing a Cure and Chaya Jan­hardin with Team Lym­pho­ma­ni­acs.

The An­gela M. Bul­lock Cit­i­zen­ship Award was pre­sented to Heather Cole­man with Team Cheers for a Cure, Kish and Par­lett. This award is pre­sented an­nu­ally to the can­di­date who has shown im­mense com­pas­sion to­ward the mis­sion of the Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety and di­rectly fo­cused on in­cor­po­rat­ing that into his or her cam­paign. LLS gave out three awards this year with a fo­cus in vol­un­teerism, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and mis­sion.

The award is named in me­mory of An­gela Bul­lock of Bul­lock’s Deli in Denton who fought acute myeloid leukemia.

The re­main­ing can­di­dates were Meagan Parker with Team Top Knot and Adam Wheat­ley with Team He­roes of Hope.

A Boy and Girl of the Year are also cho­sen each year to rep­re­sent the cam­paign.

Girl of the Year Hunter Clough, 6, was di­ag­nosed with os­teosar­coma, a sec­ondary can­cer caused by the ra­di­a­tion used to treat the rhab­domyosar­coma she was di­ag­nosed with at 2 years old. She is cur­rently un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy.

Boy of the Year Max Wroten, 8, has been in re­mis­sion from acute promye­lo­cytic leukemia since August 2014. He was di­ag­nosed in Oc­to­ber 2013 at 4 years old. He also has se­vere he­mo­philia, a blood clot­ting dis­or­der, which made it harder to di­ag­nose his can­cer.

Kent Is­land Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 278 was the pre­sent­ing spon­sor for the third year in a row.

“I con­grat­u­late ev­ery can­di­date and their team of vol­un­teers,” said Post 278 Com­man­der Nikki Ran­dolph. I’ve had the honor of at­tend­ing sev­eral events this year, and they were ab­so­lutely awe­some. Each and ev­ery­one of you are win­ners. The Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 278 is proud to support you once again. Ev­ery dol­lar that is raised, we are one step closer to fig­ure that cure.”

Victoria Win­gate con­trib­uted to this re­port.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety of the East­ern Shore Man and Woman of the Year can­di­dates hoist the amount of money they col­lec­tively raised dur­ing the 10-week cam­paign.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety of the East­ern Shore 2018 Girl of the Year Hunter Clough stands with her fam­ily dur­ing the LLS Grand Fi­nale Gala Satur­day, June 9, in Cam­bridge.

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