Welcome to my Man & Woman of the Year home page!
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Please join us for the upcoming events:
May 8th: Happy Hour at Breck's Downtown! Join us after work for drink specials, raffle and appetizers!
WE ARE STILL SELLING OUR FIGHTING CANCER SHIRTS - PLEASE EMAIL MISSY AT MMDEER@DMU.EDU TO PURCHASE YOURS!
Shirts are $20 each and we can ship them to you! Sizes come in unisex small, medium, large, XL and XXL. Women's fitted small, medium, and large - the unisex small fits similarly to the women's fitted large (women's fitted is a little tighter in the bust). Children's sizes come in 2T, 4T, 6T, 8T and 10T.
Before reading our campaign letter, I invite you to watch my ten minute video explaining why I'm so passionate about this amazing organization. I realize it is ten minutes long but I truly feel it gets our message spread much better than a letter, ten minutes flies by when your talking about something you are extremely passionate about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMkQ2ERKh_s
I am extremely excited to announce that I have been nominated as a candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Woman of the Year. I am currently a fourth year medical student at Des Moines University and although many patients influenced my future, one stands out. We diagnosed Ashley with acute lymphoblastic leukemia while on my pediatrics rotation at Blank Children’s Hospital. As fate would have it, I knew Ashley’s mom. Tricia served as my advisor while I was Pi Beta Phi’s Vice President of Philanthropy at Simpson College. Ashley is an absolute inspiration and amazes me each day with her strength; she is the reason I am so passionate about this cause. I am thrilled to run for woman of the year in honor of Ashley who is the LLS 2014 girl of the year. Our campaign will last 10 weeks starting February 27 until May 10. The way to earn the title of woman of the year is to raise the most money - one dollar equals one vote.
After spending time with Ashley, I realized we have the ability to make a difference; it is up to us if and how we make that difference. I have seen the toll that this disease can take on patients and their families. In this moment, we have the opportunity to work together to find a cure and make a difference for these patients and their families directly with your support. Ashley has endured numerous chemotherapy rounds and lost her gorgeous blonde bob. She displayed courage as she was losing her hair but this moment made my heart ache seeing this young and innocent 4-year-old girl battle cancer, a burden no child should ever bear. As a medical professional, we are taught to diagnose and treat our patient’s health problems; Ashley’s diagnosis kept me up at night because there was no quick treatment to make everything better. I was helpless in this battle and questioned what I could do to make a difference. Fundraising is not going to cure Ashley; however, the funds we raise will help patients with similar diagnoses and will aid in funding research to find a cure so that no individual will ever have to learn the definition of cancer, chemotherapy or radiation.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my page and considering donating to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Any amount raised to help fund research to find a cure will be a successful campaign in my eyes.
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.
Please visit my Web site often and bring friends who would also like to donate!
On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere I thank you for your support! For more information about LLS, please visit www.lls.org