Why Participate

Why Participate?

Every 3 minutes someone
in the US is diagnosed with
a blood cancer

Despite progress, more than a third of blood cancer patients still do not survive five years after their diagnosis.

Every 9 minutes
someone in the US dies
of a blood cancer

Our commitment to curing cancer.

Through programs like Man & Woman of the Year, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has invested more than $1 billion in research to advance breakthrough therapies. In fact, almost half of the new anti-cancer drugs approved by the U.S. FDA from 2000 through 2013 were originally designed to treat blood cancers, and LLS helped advance most of them.

The funds raised through LLS's Man & Woman of the Year are used:

  • For continuing research of lifesaving therapies like targeted therapies and immunotherapies that are saving thousands of lives.
  • For blood cancer information, education and support.
  • To support patients in their communities through LLS chapters.
  • To drive policies that increase development of and access to new treatments.
  • The Boy & Girl of the Year

    The Boy & Girl of the Year are local blood cancer survivors who provide inspiration and motivation to candidates during their campaign, as well as support for their appeals. The candidates compete in honor of them.


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