Boy & Girl of the Year
Oregon & SW Washington's Boy & Girl of the Year
The Boy & Girl of the Year are local hero's battling blood cancers who serve as motivation and inspiration to Man & Woman of the Year candidates in their campaign to raise funds and broaden awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Our 2013 Boy and Girl of the Year are:
Boy of the Year
5 Years Old
Diagnosed with ALL in April 2010
Cody has always been an active healthy boy who loves the outdoors and riding his scooter. In April of 2010, at the age of 2, Cody started losing interest in doing the things that he loved to do. He started looking yellow like jaundice and had bruises all over his body. A trip to the doctor's office quickly became his family's worse nightmare when Cody was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Treatment was both painful and difficult to handle. At one point Cody lost so much weight that he couldn't walk anymore and needed to be carried. Cody is now 2 1/2 Years into his treatment with only less than a year to go and is looking to be a healthy 5 year old boy. Attending preschool and happy to be swimming and playing with his younger brother.
Girl of the Year
6 Years Old
Diagnosed with NHL in March 2012
Mischa, is a 6 year hold kindergartner who loves playing with her siblings, 3 year old twins, Miles and Autumn. Full of joy she loves to dance to jazz, make music and baking with mom. On March 11, 2012, Mischa was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma and went from a perfectly healthy little girl, to a little girl that required vigilant medical care. From early morning to late night ER visits, hospitalizations and blood product transfusions, Mischa has been an inspiration by how joyfully she endures her treatment. She goes through her treatments and harsh side effects with a smile and has learned to be brave even when she is scared. She almost makes it look enjoyable at times. Mischa just moved to the maintenance phase of treatment and is looking forward to more time in the kitchen with mom.