Blood cancer is diagnosed in over 1 million Americans and every 10 minutes, someone dies from it. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has invested more than $814 million in research that helps blood cancer patients live better and more fulfilling lives. LLS has been a huge part in treatment advances that have given 90 percent of children that are diagnosed with blood cancer the chance to live.
The Man and Woman of the Year helps save lives of those struggling with blood cancer. By holding a competition for a man and woman to hold the titles of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Man and Woman of the Year,” funds are raised for blood cancer research, financial assistance for patients, free educational materials, local programs and personalized assistance for those in need. Denver area community leaders step up as candidates for the 10-week campaign and are judged solely on their success in raising money to benefit LLS. Every dollar raised counts as one vote, and the man and woman with the most votes at the end of ten weeks are awarded the national titles.
The Man and Woman of the Year Rocky Mountain candidates in their competition raise funds towards the Boy and Girl of the Year, which are local children battling blood cancers. This year’s Boy and Girl of the Year is Taylor Jones and Adam Walraven. Jones is a six year old girl who was diagnosed with a form of leukemia at the age of three and as of today is currently in remission. Walraven is an eight year old boy who has endured a form of leukemia for five years and finished treatment in June 2012.
The Rocky Mountain Chapter announced three new Man and Woman of the Year Co-Chairs: Paula Arnold, Jeff Williams, and Kien Arnold. The three will hold the position of Co-Chairs to help the three events associated with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of Linda Goto who passed away after being diagnosed with leukemia more than 12 years ago.
The kick-off event held on March 8 is a private, invite-only event for the candidates and their campaign teams. This is a great way to start your own campaign team or to join a team in supporting our community in fighting blood cancer. May 18 will be the Grand Finale Gala where the man and woman candidates with the most votes will be named the 2013 Man and Woman of the Year.
Kick Off Event
WHEN: March 8, 6 – 8 p.m.
3003 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
TICKETS: Invitation only.
Grand Finale Gala
WHEN: May 18 at 6 p.m.
Denver Marriott City Center
1701 California St
Denver, CO 80202
TICKETS: $200 individual, $2,000 table