Shore LLS campaign raises $507,261
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.
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.
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.