Welcome to Ryan Orton's MWOY Fundraising Page!

Welcome to Ryan Orton's MWOY Fundraising Page!

Mar 30, 2017


It is with great honor, that I have been nominated for the 2017 Arizona Man of the Year for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign!




My team, Coast to Coast Cures, was created to raise money for the research, patient services, and advocacy work of The Leukemia & Lymphoma society.

Coast To Coast Cures Co-Founder, Brint Morrow, was inspired to support the LLS after hearing the story of a little girl named Amber, the niece of a good friend of his. Amber is a spunky, beautiful little girl from Tucson, Arizona.  Amber was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) at the age of 7. AML is a devastating form of childhood cancer, and if it weren't for a bone marrow transplant donated by her little brother, Benjamin, she may not have won her fight. In the 4 years since Amber has been in remission, she and her family have not stopped working to raise money for cancer research. Research that they, more than most, understand is LIFE-SAVING.  Coast to Coast Cures, was formed in 2015 to support Brint Morrow's Man of the Year campaign. In 2016 Brint and Preston Clarke (2016 Canidate) decided to create a legacy team off that foundation to support future MWOY candidates. The goal of Coast to Coast Cures is to raise $1,000,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society over the next ten years to help support the fight against cancer.




Every dollar my teammates and I raise not only supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, but also counts as one vote towards the Man/Woman of the Year honor. The candidate who gets the most votes/raises the most money will be named the Man or Woman of the Year.  Your support is greatly appreciated as I strive to achieve my goal of becoming Arizona's 2016 Man of the Year!

Everyone wins when cancer loses, and thanks to your support, our efforts will help fund the therapies and treatments that save lives, not someday but today.




Leadership runs in the family for the Cosgroves. I’m lucky to have met the Cosgroves back in 2002 and now have a life-long friendship with Connor and his older brother Clint, sons of Shelly and Kevin.  Connor was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, his freshman year at the University of Minnesota. The nineteen-year-old wide receiver for the UM football team was about to start the fight of his life.

The average treatment for a male, with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, lasts three and a half years; the life-long dream of playing college football was replaced with countless hours undergoing treatment.  Connor received his final treatment January 12, 2014. Now in remission, Connor is a true success story in our fight against cancer. Connor has an inspiring story on never giving up, being a leader even when times were tough, and giving back to those in need.  Please read the article on Connor's story by clicking on this image below; 

I've lost three amazing people in my life earlier than expected, and almost a fourth.  Back in May of 2014, I nearly lost my sister Melissa Orton to a rare infection in her lungs. Thankfully, she bounced back due to much needed support from friends, family, and most imortantly the doctors at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. If what I do today, in this campaign, could directly help the life of another family in a similar fashion, I'm all-in.  Now is your opporunity to make a difference and donate to research that is LIFE-SAVING.












L-R: Conor Cosgrove, Brint & Amber at the 2015 MWOY Finale













2017 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 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.




Over the years, support from people like you has been responsible for the blood cancer advancements that have doubled, tripled, and in some cases quadrupled the survival rate for some blood cancers.

Many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients, but are also now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers. Clinical trials are also being conducted for patients with lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers to see if similar techniques may be beneficial to treating these types of cancers.

Lastly, drugs funded by LLS like targeted therapies and immunotherapies are now becoming available to more individuals fighting blood cancers and in turn are saving thousands of lives every day.

We really are getting close to our goal of a world without blood cancers!




All donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible. They'll not only support LLS research, but also patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services.


Please visit my website often and spread the word to friends who may also like to donate!

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support!


For more information about LLS, please visit www.lls.org.

Learn more about Coast To Coast Cures at www.CoastLLS.org.


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