Elect Pepka Man of the Year!

Campaign ends Thursday!

Apr 23, 2013

I hope you'll join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign to become Central PA's Man of the Year. Every dollar I raise counts as one vote and the male candidate who gets the most votes wins. Together, our efforts will help fund the therapies and treatments that help save lives today.


I'm running against a formidable field of candidates, but I believe I have a solid campaign platform. You see, I've battled cancer for the past 3 years and I'm winning, thanks in part to the work of LLS.


I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in September of 2009. The news sidelined my performance schedule as a sleight of hand artist and musician and I lost weeks of work. But after six months of chemotherapy and 26 radiation treatments, my cancer was in remission by July 2010. I went back to work and started performing again, but a September 2010 checkup revealed that my cancer was back and had turned aggressive. My medical team recommended a stem cell transplant, paired with a tougher regimen of chemo, including the use of the drug Rituxan, first employed by LLS-funded researchers in the fight against blood cancers. Rituxan has contributed to a doubling of the survival rate for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma patients, and is now FDA approved as a treatment for patients with other blood cancers. My stem cell transplant was performed at the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute in June 2011 and, by December 2011, I was again in remission. In June 2012, my doctors discovered that the Hodgkin’s Lymphoma had returned. Several blood transfusions and another course of Rituxan once again beat back the cancer and received a clean CAT scan just weeks ago.


During my odyssey, I benefitted from treatments that were pioneered by LLS-funded researchers. I was offered financial assistance and educational support from LLS. Beyond my own experience, LLS's continued advancements over the years are responsible for the blood cancer survival rate doubling and tripling; in some cases, the survival rate has even quadrupled.


We really are kicking cancer's butt, but the fight continues! Your donation to my campaign will move us closer to a win.


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


If you missed my events, don't worry, you can still help out and have a great time doing it!!!!

Please buy tickets to attend the Man/Woman of the Year Finale at the Radisson, Camp Hill on April 25. There will be entertainment, hors douvres and several cool auction items! Tickets are just $30 and can be purchased right here!

We are sorry donations are no longer being accepted for this participant for this event.


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