Why Participate

Why Participate?

Over one million Americans currently battle blood cancer. Every four minutes, someone is diagnosed. Every ten minutes, someone dies from these cancers. They are men, women and children of every race and every age. Participation in The Man & Woman of the Year helps save lives?not someday, but today.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has invested almost $1 billion in research to advance breakthrough therapies that are saving lives today. Almost half of the new cancer drugs approved in the U.S. since 2000 (21/50) were approved to treat one or more blood cancer, and LLS help advance most of them. In fiscal year 2013 alone, LLS supported research here in the US and abroad with a disbursement of $73 million, and also funds advocacy for lifesaving treatments as well as critically needed patient support services. LLS will continue to support research and make a huge impact through their innovative and integrated funding programs until every patient has a safe and effective therapy.

Learn more about LLS.


Max, Survivor

Max was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when he was 3 years old. Treated at U-Mass in Worcester, Max was able to participate in a patient study and picked for the most intense course of treatment.

Today, Max is 8 years old and loves playing basketball and hockey with his brothers. While he has had plenty of ups and downs during treatment, he always manages to keep a smile on his face.


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