LLS Man and Woman campaign begins
GRASONVILLE — A kickoff event on Thursday, March 29 marked the official start of the sixth annual Man and Woman of the Year campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the Eastern Shore.
Ten candidates, six women and four men, will spend the next ten weeks intensively fundraising for LLS blood cancer research efforts in hopes of being the next Man or Woman of the Year. Each candidate is backed by a team of family and friends to help them host fundraising events.
Several teams are returning with a few years already under their belts. Candidates with fourth generation teams are Parker Welsh with Team It’s a Cure Thing and Kathy Bunce Cooper with Team Crushin’ Orange. Candidates with third generation teams are Becky Kish with Team Crafting a Cure and Chaya Janhardin with Team L ymphomaniacs.
Candidates for first generation teams, brand new to the effort this year, are Meagan Parker with Team Top Knot, Marcy Parlett with Team Capel Strong, Phil Lovell with Team Show Me the Money, Heather Coleman with Team Cheers for a Cure, Justin Ferguson with Team Chocolate Thunder Melting Cancer, and Adam Wheatley with Team Heroes of Hope.
To find information about a candidate’s events or donate to their campaign, visit the LLS Eastern Shore website at www.mwoy. org/mar yland/eastern-shore.
Last year’s tenweek campaign had a final fundraising tally of $454,917. Of that final number, $56,649 was raised in just 12 minutes through the “Fund the Fight” lightning round held each year at the finale gala. Seventy-seven percent of money raised by this campaign goes directly to cancer research, which amounted to $350,000 from just those ten weeks of effort by last year’s candidates and their teams.
Melissa Coligan of Team Missy’s Mojo was named 2017 Woman of the Year. She and her team raised more than $121,000. 2017 Man of the Year went to John Bunce with Team Crushin’ Orange, a third straight win for the team. Bunce and his team raised more than $123,000. “The impact that this campaign on the Eastern Shore has had over the years is phenomenal,” said Maryland LLS Director Jonathan Wilson. “Not only is LLS leading the effort in blood cancer research and patient services, we are leading the effort in cancer research. Just this last year, the FDA approved 18 blood cancer treatments. That is the most treatments for blood cancer that has ever been approved by the FDA in one year. LLS funded 14 of those.”
A Boy and Girl of the Year are also chosen each year to represent the campaign. It was
particularly special that this year, for the first time in four years, both children were healthy enough to attend the kickoff party.
Girl of the Year Hunter Clough, 6, had gotten out of the hospital just that morning. Late last year, she 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.
“She gives me strength,” said Lauren Clough, Hunter’s mother. “Her strength, her resilience, her love that she still shows, her happiness and laughter, she keeps me going. I want you to see her life through her eyes.”
Boy of the Year Max Wroten, 8, has been in remission from Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APML) 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.
The campaign will culminate with the Grand Finale Gala, to be held once again at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge on Saturday, June 9.
Ten candidates will spend the
next ten weeks intensively fundraising for Leukemia and
Lymphoma Society blood cancer research efforts in hopes of being the next Man
or Woman of the Year. The candidates include Parker Welsh, Kathy Bunce Cooper, Becky Kish, Chaya Janhardin, Meagan Parker, Marcy Parlett, Phil Lovell, Heather
Coleman, Justin Ferguson and Adam Wheatley.
The 2018 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the Eastern Shore Woman of the Year candidate Becky Kish with her teammates from Team Crafting a Cure at the campaign kickoff on Thursday, March 29.
Team Crushin’ Orange at the campaign 2018 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the Eastern Shore Woman of the Year campaign kickoff on Thursday, March 29.