Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign for Man or Woman of the Year. I am very proud to be part of a team that is working to raise as much as possible in a 10-week period. Every dollar we raise counts as one vote and the candidate who gets the most votes/raises the most money is named the Man or Woman of the Year.
I was very honored to accept this nomination on behalf of Palo Alto Networks and the Federal IT industry because everyone wins when cancer loses. Thanks to your support, my efforts will help fund the therapies and treatments that save lives, not someday but today.
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 and are in clinical trials for patients with lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. And LLS funded drugs like targeted therapies and immunotherapies are now saving thousands of lives every day, like this year's Boy and Girl of the Year.
Girl of the Year - Susanna
Susanna was diagnosed with pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia in July of 2012 at age 7. Susanna stayed in the hospital for a month and had her post-induction bone marrow biopsy on the day she was supposed to start second grade. She made it, however, to the second day of second grade! That's the kind of girl Susanna is: determined, courageous, magical. Steroids caused this energetic, happy child to move slowly, stooped over; she was bloated, and her expression was flat. She looked like a different child.
Today, Susanna is a happy, healthy, magical 11-year-old who loves animals, rides horses, and is in sixth grade!
Boy of the Year - Devan
When Devan was 20 months old he was diagnosed with high-risk Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia. APML is an uncommon form of leukemia that rarely afflicts children. At Boston Children's Hospital, Devan presented serious and unexpected side-effects, including one that required brain surgery. After 4 months in the hospital, Devan was transferred to Washington DC, where he began a year of daily chemotherapy, and his family believed he was cured. 2 ½ years later Devan had relapsed. His family returned to Boston for a high-dose chemotherapy to prepare him for a stem cell transplant using his own marrow.
Throughout this difficult period, Devan was an extraordinary beacon of sweet cheer and courage, making nurses laugh as he sped around the hospital ward in a ride-on trike. Today, Devan is 11 years old - six years post-transplant, with another clean biopsy notched last month, and thriving.
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 patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.
David Yurman, benefitting the Man & Woman of the Year Campaign
The LLS David Yurman shopping event is scheduled for April 27, 10% of all purchases will go towards John’s campaign if you mention John's name during the time purchase. There are two ways to purchase
- In-store between 6-8:30 p.m.
- Over the phone a week prior to the event.
Please visit my Web site often and tell friends who would 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