Over the past six weeks Nicholas Lee (age 7) and Audrey Moeller (age 9) have been spreading an extremely important message: “You can make a difference!” As the Los Angeles Boy & Girl of the Year for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, these children know first-hand what it means to battle a blood cancer, but more importantly they know the power of teamwork. And a pretty amazing group of individuals have joined Nicholas and Audrey’s team — all candidates vying for the title of the 2012 Man and Woman of the Year in Los Angeles.
The Man & Woman of the Year campaign is a fundraising competition among individuals in the community who, through their participation, vie for the honor of being named Man or Woman of the Year. Candidates are judged solely on a philanthropic basis. The individual man and woman who each raises the most funds during the 10-week campaign period will be awarded the title at the Grand Finale Gala.
“I’ve often said that being diagnosed with cancer, and dealing with the many hurdles of that aftermath, was the worst thing that ever happened to me, and the best thing that ever happened to me,” confesses Kyle Garlett, the 2011 Man of the Year. “Being a part of the Man & Woman of the Year campaign underscores the latter. For me, and for always, I will remember when I allowed myself to be swept away by the cause for 10 uninterrupted weeks of absolute purpose and came out on the other end a better man for it.” Please see the list of 2012′s candidates who are making a difference by contributing to this worthy cause at the end of this article .
Jolene Abbot, a committee member for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year fundraiser recently brought this important Los Angeles event to my attention. She started volunteering when her 18-year-old cousin passed away from Leukemia last year. I too have had friends pass away at a tragically young age from this horrific blood cancer – one friend was the president of my sorority in college. She was diagnosed right after college graduation and didn’t make it through the year. A mom of a child I taught in third grade years ago also passed away from this horrific disease.
Proceeds from the Man & Woman of the Year campaign fund leading-edge research to cure blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma; support advocacy efforts that draw government attention to cancer-related issues; and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. To date, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has invested more than $814 million in research aimed at helping all blood cancer patients live longer, healthy lives. We will continue to support research through our innovative and integrated funding programs, until every patient has a safe and effective therapy. In fiscal year 2011, LLS invested $76.7 million in research of which almost $7 million was focused on pediatric cancer research.
I remember attending this Leukemia and Lymphoma Gala in Washington, DC many years ago and was so impressed with the candidate’s dedication and the amount of money the individuals raised. Come out to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Los Angeles chapter’s gala and show your support for both cancer survivors and those who are helping to make a difference in their lives.
WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2012. Begins at 6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – Reception and Silent Auction
8 p.m. – Dinner
8:30 p.m. – Live Auction followed by Introduction of Candidates hosted by actor, Chip Esten
9:30 p.m. – Announcement of Man and Woman of the Year
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
TICKETS: Tickets to the Gala are $150 each and may be purchased here. To support a candidate, or to purchase table(s), ticket(s) or an advertisement in the program book for the Grand Finale Gala, click here or call 310-846-4706.
2012 List of Candidates:
Elaine Bissias (Conrad’s Family Restaurants) of La Canada; Heather Bogard (Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company) of Newport Beach; Renee Corona (Charter School Management Corp.) of Long Beach; Marc Friedenberg(AEG Live) of Los Angeles; Stephen Kramer Glickman of Los Angeles; Ofelda Gomez (Hewlett-Packard Company) of Manhattan Beach; Kina Grannis of Venice; Kevin Green (Palisades Associates) of Santa Monica; Rory Koslow (Langley Park Pictures) of Santa Monica; Lauryn Maes of Harbor City; Evan Michael of North Hollywood; David Moran (Mannatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP) of Los Angeles; Andrew Nikou (OpenGate Capital) of Los Angeles; Dorothy Pincus of Culver City; Phoebe Price (Phoebe Price Designs) of Los Angeles; Jame’ Quinn (Hoag Hospital) of Long Beach; Vanessa Ragland of Culver City; Mike Sherrard of Calabasas; Boo Staley of Bell Canyon; Jonathan Webb (Daiichi Sankyo Pharmaceuticals) of Redondo Beach; and Paiwei Wei of Manhattan Beach.