What made you want to take part in the 2017 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year campaign?
Fifteen years ago my cousin, Jesse was diagnosed and lost his battle with Leukemia at the age of 27. Now, being 27 and after watching what my family did to help raise money for research and hosting bone marrow drives, it is my turn to help give back to find a cure for blood cancer. My goal is to raise $50,000 to have a research grant named in Jesse’s honor.
What do you want visitors and locals to know about the 2017 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year campaign that they may not already know?
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has invested more than $1 billion in blood cancer research since its founding over 60 years ago. From 2000-2016, more than 40% of new anti-cancer drugs were FDA approved for blood cancer patients – more first-ever approvals than for any other group of cancers – and many of these were advanced with funding from LLS.
LLS supports patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals through our Information Resource Center (IRC), our award-winning website and our community-based patient access programs. LLS is the leading source of free blood cancer information, education and support for patients, survivors, families and healthcare professionals, with free educational webcasts, and an array of family support and peer-to-peer programs that match newly diagnosed patients with trained volunteer survivors.
How can people become involved in your 2017 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year campaign?
People can be get involved in my campaign by making a donation here. They can also help by spreading information about LLS and how it affects 1.2 million people in North America. In addition, I will be hosting a fundraiser in Tallahassee on April 28th at the Edison. More information about the event and tickets will be posted on my website, as soon as they are finalized.
How has your campaign grown since it launched?
My campaign has grown tremendously since it started. I have reached out to friends and family for support and the response has been tremendous. There is still work to be done. I am looking forward to hosting a fundraiser at The Edison on April 28th to get my Tallahassee network of friends involved in helping to find a cure for blood cancer. Together we can beat cancer!
Describe your campaign in 5 words or less
Let’s beat cancer together!