Welcome to my MWOY Fundraising Page


Jun 21, 2013
by Laura Winstead

Any donations made after 12:00 PM on 6/21/13 will NOT COUNT towards my campaign. LOOP HOLE: Attend the Grand Finale on 6/27/13 and make your donation to my tip jar that night! Contact me for more details.

Why I want to be Woman of the Year

Apr 20, 2013
by Laura Winstead

A couple weeks after my 28th birthday, in February of 2010, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). I had been married for three years and our son was only 19 months when we got this news. After a very long 32 months of treatment including endless chemo sessions, daily fistfuls of pills, blood & platelet transfustions, give or take 9 bone marrow biopsies and 18 spinal taps... I finally finished treatment in October of 2012! I kept a blog through the whole ordeal so if you'd like to read more about my experience, you can visit Winstead Remission

Upon my diagnosis, the LLS gave us a check for $100 and together we explored options for assistance regarding the home pharmacy I now had to maintain. They are proactive with their patients and provide amazing patient programs. It's a wonderful organization and I want to give back however I can, even if it includes bugging my friends and family for money. I'm so proud to say I am currently going through training to be a 'First Connection' volunteer as well!

The other reason I accepted the nomination is because it would give me a platform to spread the word about how easy it is to be a bone marrow donor. In the past, it used to be a painful procedure invloving your hip and a giant needle. Now, in most cases, it's as easy as getting a few shots, then essentially giving blood. It saves lives; one day that life could be mine. The person who has the best chance of being a match for me, my sister, is not. If I were to ever need a transplant, my match is still out there.

Please support my campaign by making a (tax-deductable!) donation. Please share this on Facebook, Tweet it, tell your friends!

Events & T-shirts

Apr 19, 2013

We have some exciting ways for you to get involved in contributing to the fight against blood cancer!

Thursday, May 2nd: Celebrity Shake-off @ Parlor 88 East from 6-8. Join all the candidates as we each have a celebrity mix drinks for tips! Drink tickets are $4, with proceeds being split between all six candidates. My celebrity is Jay Fotsch from Power 96.5 and Springfield Cardinals fame - all tips given to him benefit my campaign specifically. It will be good time - RSVP on Facebook here:


Sunday, May 12th - Mother's Day: Springfield Cardinals Game - 2:09 start. $20 gets you a ticket and a t-shirt! Tickets are located at the end of first base field box in the Price Cutter Bistro area. To purchase tickets you may give cash or a check made out to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with 'Laura Winstead' in the memo to any member of Team WINstead. If you'd like to use a credit or debit card, please click that big, green DONATE NOW! button, give $20 for each ticket you need, then send me an email to laurawinstead@gmail.com designating that donation for tickets, please include sizes for shirts as well.


Thursday, June 27th - Grand Finale Gala @ The Diamond Room starting at 6PM. Guests will enjoy a fabulous dinner, live & silent auctions along with the awards presentation. Click the 'Attend Grand Finale' button to the right to purchase tickets.

We have a couple more events in the works, so stay tuned for updates!

We are selling T-shirts throughout the campaign! Prices are $10, again you may give cash or a check made out to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with 'Laura Winstead' in the memo to any member of Team WINstead. If you'd like to use a credit or debit card, please click that big, green DONATE NOW! button, give $10 for each shirt you want, then send me an email to laurawinstead@gmail.com specifying that donation is for t-shirts and what size you would like. They are mens sizes S-XL (they run a little big but will shrink a little).

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

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My Thanks To

  • Celebrity Shake - Off
  • Sheila M. Winstead
  • Eddie Gumucio Benefit Sho...
  • Erin E. Lurvey
  • Jarden Plastic Solutions
  • Marvin L. Nickels
  • Big Whiskeys LLC
  • AJ's One Stop
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  • Carol Cruise
  • Card Games
  • Saundra Sampson
  • Phyllis a. Messex
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  • Linda A. Miller
  • Sara McAllister
  • BancorpSouth
  • Rhonda L. Kelso
  • Linda K. Johnston
  • Debra Herren
  • Greta Milne
  • Bryan Padilla
  • Dana Evans
  • Lisa Winkleman
  • Cathryn McClelland
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  • Jessica Davis
  • Stephen Graff
  • Brenda Halton
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  • Zach & Leslie Whitehead
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  • Ginger Schutte
  • Shannon Ailor
  • Jacob McClanahan
  • Kristy Bell
  • Julie Wigger
  • Vicki McAllister
  • Emily Hoener
  • Bill Basinger
  • Cassie Duckett
  • Henderson Unit Boys & Gir...
  • Andy Sampson
  • Cindy Greer
  • Sara McAllister
  • Margarita Gonzalez
  • Brian & Lauren Wald
  • Tabatha Dalton
  • Jim and Joan Sampson
  • Kenny Pitzer
  • Valerie Helm
  • Jason Hite
  • Erin Adams
  • Karen Goodner
  • Dave & Julie Kline
  • Laura Jakubielski
  • Joe Jakubielski
  • Christy Tree
  • Andrea Kurtz
  • Brian Pitzer
  • Kim Wyatt
  • Jeff McDaniel
  • Torie King
  • Emily Dale
  • Jason Factor
  • Stacy Dale
  • Bill Basinger
  • Lynne Baker
  • Amy Winstead