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Mar 30, 2016

Blake, Boy Of The Year

Each year The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) launches its Man & Woman of the Year fundraising campaign, and I was honored to join this year’s efforts representing Joe Vicari Restaurant Group.

I am writing today to ask for your personal support of LLS’s mission to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.  LLS is saving lives not someday, but today. 

During a 10 week period – from March 30 to June 11, my goal is to raise $100,000 which will go directly to LLS to support its researchers in finding treatments that save lives. 

I will be participating in honor of 7-year old Blake Beers, pictured here.  As a local blood cancer survivor, Blake is our Boy of the Year and anyone listening to his story immediately understands the critical nature of this campaign. 

Blake was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in May, 2011, at the age of 2 ½.   His family tells the story of how scared they were and how on the day of his diagnosis that Blake’s nurse told them to not search leukemia on the internet but to instead go to the LLS website.  They did just that and started to learn about this horrible disease.  They also tell you that they still go there today for information and LLS has proven to be an invaluable resource for the family. 

Blake completed his treatment in July, 2014.  Today he is in the first grade, plays baseball and soccer and absolutely loves doing everything with his brother and sister.

This young man shows what your dollars can do.  Thanks to funding by people like you, LLS is funding $76.2 million nationally in grants in 2016 – including 9 here in Michigan – creating breakthrough advancements such as targeted therapies that zero in on cancer cells and kill them while leaving healthy cells intact.  And immunotherapies that use a patient’s own immune system to kill cancer.  Treatments are saving the lives of patients every day who are diagnosed with blood cancers like chronic myeloid leukemia and acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  And currently, LLS is supporting research that’s taking aim against other cancers, as well as the repurposing of drugs first intended for other diseases.

LLS is doing groundbreaking work with the dollars we raise, and I’m proud to be part of the Man & Woman of the Year campaign.  But I need your help.

Please use the link in this letter, or mail a check to me, to make a tax-deductible contribution to LLS.   To donate online, just click on http://www.mwoy.org/pages/mi/detroit16/jvicari  and you will receive a confirmation of your donation by email, and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation.    Please reach out to others you know and ask them to do the same.  I have found that so many of the people I talk with have a connection to blood cancer and want to get involved.

I will let you know how the campaign goes, and I am grateful for your friendship and support.
Thank you,

Joe Vicari
President / CEO Joe Vicari Restaurant Group





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