What is Man & Woman of the Year?
Each year, in communities across the country, dedicated candidates engage in an exciting competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) "Man & Woman of the Year" titles. Raising funds for LLS blood cancer research the candidates compete in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year.
Every dollar raised counts as one vote and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of 10 weeks. Top local fundraisers become eligible to win the national titles. The campaign runs between February and June, check with your local chapter for specific dates.
Running as a candidate for Man of the Year was one of the most enriching and humbling experiences of my life. Enriching because it allowed me to reconnect with many friends, old and new, and share my story and reason for raising funds for this worthy cause. And humbling because through these connections, stories and experiences were reciprocated back to me, allowing me to see the full scope of the devastation this disease has caused.
Dr. Brion Randolph
How candidates fundraise
Final candidates are chosen from those nominated, and then form their own teams and use their contacts and creativity to raise funds. Every candidate and each of their team members will get their own personalized fundraising webpage to reach out to friends and contacts. Chapter staff will assist candidates in goal planning and serve as fundraising consultants.
The campaign also includes events and parties that allow candidates to meet their fellow candidates and other local business figures.
Kickoff Celebration: This celebration officially marks the beginning of the fundraising period. It's a great opportunity for candidates to socialize, network and meet the Boy & Girl of the Year.
The Mid Point Event: At the halfway mark, candidates come together to acknowledge and celebrate the progress already made and re-energize to focus on goals ahead.
Grand Finale: The announcement of the Man & Woman of the Year winners is a celebration of all the candidates efforts as a collective class. Surrounded by team members and friends, they enjoy food, cocktails, music and an outstanding auction.