And the win­ners are… Leukemia& Lym­phoma So­ci­ety’s ‘Grand Fi­nale’ cel­e­bra­tion of North and South County Cam­paigns’ to present Man& Woman of the Year

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Atotal of 21 out­stand­ing in­di­vid­u­als have stepped up to raise funds on be­half of the Palm Beach Area Chap­ter of the Leukemia & Lym­phoma So­ci­ety (LLS).

The 2014 Man & Woman of the Year can­di­dates are tak­ing part in two cam­paigns within the chap­ter.

The South Palm Beach County cam­paign will con­clude with a “Grand Fi­nale Cel­e­bra­tion” that takes place May 2 at the Royal Palm Yacht Club in Boca Ra­ton. TheNorth County cam­paign will cul­mi­nate one week later with its “Grand Fi­nale” May 9 at the Kravis Cen­ter in West Palm Beach.

The group of nine South County can­di­dates, who were nom­i­nated based on their lead­er­ship ex­cel­lence and pas­sion for com­mu­nity ser­vice, are run­ning in honor of two lo­cal young blood cancer sur­vivors: Alex and Sophia, Boy & Girl of the Year. Alex, 17, was di­ag­nosed with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukemia in 2012. He is in re­mis­sion and is ex­cited about a healthy fu­ture. Sophia, 15, was di­ag­nosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2011 at the age of 13. She is in re­mis­sion and en­joys be­ing out­side along­side her younger sis­ter.

Be­low is the list of South County can­di­dates who are work­ing with ded­i­ca­tion to raise funds for LLS. Com­pet­ing for the South County ti­tle are: • He­lena Cole­man- In­fin­ity Sales Group LLC • Nancy Ste­wart Franczak- Fes­ti­val Man­age­ment Group Inc. • Jonathan Gold­farb- Ten­nis & Busi­ness Con­sult­ing Ser­vices • Ja­clyn Herbst- Na­tional Life Group • Ash­ley Jones- Con­tem­po­rary Art Specialist • Chad Kleiner- Tri­Gen In­sur­ance So­lu­tions • Derek Madon- Na­tion­wide Equip­ment Fi­nance • Natalie Po­letto- Nestler Po­letto Sotheby’s Realty • Rick Schuerger- John Moriarty & As­so­ciates of Florida

Mean­while, the 12 can­di­dates vy­ing for the ti­tle of Man & Woman of the Year in North County are also head­ing into the home stretch of their com­pe­ti­tion. These can­di­dates are in­spired by 15-year-old Joshua and four-year-old Piper, North County Boy & Girl of the Year. Af­ter over­com­ing non-Hodgkin’s T-cell lym­phoma at age 6, Joshua re­lapsed and un­der­went a suc­cess­ful bone mar­row trans­plant at age 12. He is now a high school fresh­man who looks for­ward to at­tend­ing col­lege. Piper was di­ag­nosed with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukemia in Jan­uary 2014. She is in the main­te­nance phase of her treat­ment and en­joys play­ing with her younger sis­ter, Kin­leigh, and horse­back rid­ing.

The 2014 North County Man & Woman of the Year Can­di­dates, sev­eral who have been di­rectly touched by blood cancer, are work­ing with great de­ter­mi­na­tion and pas­sion to raise funds for a cure. Com­pet­ing for the North County ti­tle are: • Wil­liam Cavanaugh- The Law Of­fice of Wil­liam M. Cavanaugh • Erin Devlin- North­ern Palm Beach County Cham­ber of Com­merce • Aime Dun­stan- IT! Events & Me­dia • Seth Funt- Gen­e­sis Commercial Group/Sea­sons Pri­vate Man­age­ment • Brandy Guthrie- Mar­cos Gon­za­lez & As­so­ciates • Renee Ko­manet­sky • Lee Leven­son Jr.- Steinger, Is­coe & Greene • Ni­cholas Mas­troianni, III-Al­lied Cap­i­tal & De­vel­op­ment of South Florida • Syd­neeNew­man- LaBovick Law Group • Shachar Pe­les- Florida Cancer Spe­cial­ists & Re­search In­sti­tute • Elena Per­oulakis- Palm Beach Mar­riott Singer Is­land Beach Re­sort & Spa • Sasha Wahl- Ox­ford In­ter­na­tional

Dur­ing the 10-week fundrais­ing pe­riod be­gin­ning with a kick­off cel­e­bra­tion, the can­di­dates are judged solely on their suc­cess in gen­er­at­ing funds to ad­vance the mis­sion of LLS. Ev­ery dol­lar raised counts as one “vote.”

“We are so proud to have all of these amaz­ingly tal­ented lead­ers cham­pion our cause,” said Pamela Payne, LLS ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. “We ap­plaud all of their ef­forts to help pave the way for new and im­proved ther­a­pies that will ben­e­fit gen­er­a­tions to come.”

There’s still time to sup­port can­di­dates and those fight­ing blood cancer by mak­ing a do­na­tion to their cam­paign and by at­tend­ing one of the grand fi­nales. Guests will en­joy a fes­tive evening fea­tur­ing cock­tails, din­ner, silent and live auc­tions plus the an­nounce­ment of the Man & Woman of the Year.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to make a do­na­tion, call 561-616-8682 or visit www. mwoy.org/pb.

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