Boy & Girl of the Year
Mississippi and Louisiana Chapter's Boy & Girl of the Year
The Boy & Girl of the Year are local children battling blood cancers who serve as motivation and inspiration to Man & Woman of the Year candidates in their competition to raise funds and win the titles.
Boy of the Year
Will is an active 4 year old who loves Transformers, cars, baseball, soccer, playing with blocks, and swimming. He lives in Lafayette with him mom, Jessica and his dad, Shane, and his three sisters, Hannah, 22, Lily, 10, and Allie, 7. On November 28, 2011, will was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He had been very tired and pale, so at the recommendation of the family?s doctor, he was brought into the emergency room where he was diagnosed with ALL within 48 hours. His treatment will be complete in April 2015. Will is under the care of Lafayette?s own Dr. Morad, and was able to receive all of his treatment right here in Lafayette. Will is currently in the maintenance phase of his treatment receiving oral chemo. He is doing fantastic, and we are excited to have his family take part in the campaign this year!
Girl of the Year
Lucy is an energetic 5 year old who lives in Lafayette with her parents, Brad and Anita, her brother, Titus, 8, and sister, Riley, 7. She is in kindergarten at Plantation Elementary where everyone knows her by name. She loves watching Barney and Caillou, and enjoys playing on the slides and swings at the playground, and loves her babies and dancing. On June 15, 2009, Lucy was diagnosed with A.L.L. just after her second birthday. She received chemotherapy treatments at M.D. Anderson in Houston, as well as in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota, and here in Lafayette. Her treatments continued for two years and finished in July 2011. They consisted of daily, weekly, and monthly chemo. She currently has a check up every 3 months. Lucy?s family received aid from The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help pay medical bills, and have made personal connections with other families who have gone through similar situations by attending LLS?s fundraisers.