Frequently Asked Questions
What is MWOY?
Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic, passionate candidates are nominated to compete for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year titles and to raise funds for blood cancer research. A great deal of consideration and care is put into these nominations because it takes a very special person to be a Man & Woman of the Year candidate. The candidates compete in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year. Every dollar they raise counts as one vote, and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of ten weeks. The local candidates who raise more funds than anyone else in the country also win the national Man & Woman of the Year titles.
When does the campaign take place?
Each LLS chapter designates a ten-week period between February and June in which their local campaign will be held. Contact your local chapter for timing in your community or type your zip code into the "Find your chapter" box at the top of this page to visit your local chapter Web site for more information.
What kind of people make good Man & Woman of the Year candidates?
Candidates come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. But they also have characteristics in common: They are all compassionate and relentless in their desire to find cures for blood cancers and driven to reach their own personal best. They also tend to be dynamic, outgoing and well-connected, which helps them in their fundraising campaign.
How do I nominate a candidate? May I nominate myself?
Simply click on the Nominate a Candidate tab above and follow the directions. Self nominations are welcome. Someone from your chapter staff will get back to you to discuss the nominee's qualifications for Man & Woman of the Year. All nominees are carefully vetted by the chapter's Nominating Committee prior to acceptance as a candidate. If you're not ready to nominate someone but would like more information, please fill out the form and someone will call you back to discuss it before it's formally submitted.
How and when can I donate to someone's campaign?
Donations to a candidate's campaign may begin at campaign Kickoff and continue throughout the ten-week period. Just click on the Donate tab and follow the instructions to donate online using a credit card. If you prefer not to donate online, you may also write a check payable to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and give/mail it directly to the candidate, or send it to your local chapter (be sure to add your candidate's name and "MWOY" to the memo line so they'll receive credit for your donation).
How is the money raised through Man & Woman of the Year used?
Proceeds from Man & Woman of the Year help advance the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. This mission is carried out through funding leading-edge research for treatments and cures, government advocacy, patient information and assistance programs, community outreach and education programs.
May I participate in Man & Woman of the Year without actually being a candidate?
Yes. Local community leaders, business owners and others may participate. There are a number of ways for people to participate, including nominating a candidate, being part of the Nominating Committee who select the final candidates, donating, becoming part of a candidate's campaign support team or becoming a national sponsor. To see more about these opportunities, click on the How to Participate tab at the top of this page.
How can I find out more information about Man & Woman of the Year in my area?
Use the "Find your chapter" box above to visit your local chapter Web site for more information.
What is a Candidate Campaign Team?
Candidates are generally well-connected, but they are encouraged to put together campaign teams made up of their friends and associates to create a support team, expand networking opportunities, and make the campaign even more fun. This is a recommended strategy for all participants, all of whom want to raise as many dollars as possible for the mission.
When are the Winners Announced?
Local winners are announced at the end of their campaign's ten-week period, at a Grand Finale celebration. Once all chapters have announced their winners, the national winners are announced and all winners are featured in a full-page ad in USA Today.