Welcome to Sarah Cirelli's MWOY Fundraising Page!

Welcome to Sarah Cirelli's MWOY Fundraising Page!

Jun 01, 2016


Everyone remembers exactly where they are when they hear some type of shocking news.  I’m sure you can remember where you were when you heard about 9/11, found out you got that big promotion or heard that you were finally going to be a grandparent.  The inspiration for this letter comes from… the bathroom. 

Ok, hear me out.

The bathroom on the 2nd floor of WithumSmith+Brown’s Red Bank, NJ office was where I was when I heard that my father, Len Cirelli, was diagnosed with a blood cancer called Lymphoma about 6 years ago.  Lymphoma?  What is that?  My first question was, “Is it cancer?”  I spent a good amount of time that day in the bathroom, looking in the mirror and asking questions to someone who definitely didn’t know the answers and someone who was scared as all hell.  All I knew was that I was sad, I was scared and I was confused.  What I DIDN’T know at the time was that 6 years later - after fighting like hell, support from family and friends and some pretty bad hair days - my father would be in remission, feeling amazing and back to being the passionate pain in the #%&#! that we all know and love.

I owe a great deal of my success and happiness to both of my parents.  From my mother, I learned how to be kind, compassionate to others, forgiving and, perhaps most importantly, how to love myself.  When you love yourself, you put yourself in the best position to share love and kindness to others – and, that’s what it’s all about.

I have years of resources and research for blood cancers and organizations like The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) to thank for the cure that is responsible for my father’s life and the millions who have battled and continue to battle today.

Throughout the entire time my father was fighting his cancer, he would tell you, “I am lucky.  This is nothing.”  Many people often ask me where I get my optimistic outlook, my energy, my positive attitude, (ok, maybe my sarcasm and potential to be somewhat stubborn), my work ethic and my fierce dedication.  It’s from my father.  Among other things, I learned from him that it’s OK to love the hell out of anything you want and if you want something… you go effing get it.

It is because of organizations like LLS that I am writing to you today, both honored, excited and overwhelmed to announce that I have accepted a nomination for Man and Woman of the Year.  Along with an INCREDIBLE team of friends, professionals, mothers, fathers, do-ers and be-ers, we are joining together for an aggressive 10-week period (March 15th-June 2nd) to raise funding for the blood cancer research that inevitably saved my father.

During these 10-weeks... we will be hosting MANY awesome events, sharing projects and having fun - all in an effort to raise over $100,000 for those battling blood cancers all around the world.  We invite you to join us on this INCREDIBLE and WORTHY journey. It's going to be difficult... but, with all of us - we can do it!  

There are so many ways you can support us.

  • Please visit consider making a donation to support this journey.  ANY donation helps… I promise.
  • If preferred, mail a check payable to LLS with the name Sarah Cirelli in the memo line to Sarah Cirelli – 331 Newman Springs Road, Suite 125, Red Bank, NJ 07701
  • “Like” our Facebook page to stay up-to-date and excited on our progress at www.facebook.com/LLSMWOTY - be the first to know about our events and fun!
  • A list of incredible sponsorship opportunities are available for this nation-wide campaign.  Please reach out to me for more information
  • If you would like to join our campaign team, let me know!  We love hugs, energy and ideas.

I have witnessed and felt the tragedies of losing a sibling, a friend and a role model too many times.  But, I have ALSO witnessed hope.  I have also witnessed what can happen when a community is moved towards a positive goal.  Big things can happen.  Big things like helping people.  This is why I believe in this cause, and I am certain a cure cannot come soon enough.

As a candidate for Man & Woman of the Year Campaign benefiting LLS, I have 10 weeks to raise as much money as possible in honor of two brave young cancer survivors: Leeya, 8-yo, the Girl of the Year, and 11 year old Alec, the Boy of the Year (above.) The two candidates who raise the most money will be named Man & Woman of the Year. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I hope that my participation will encourage others to help make a difference in the causes that move them.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is currently funding hundreds of researchers in over 15 countries. I want to make that number grow. My goal is to raise over $100,000 to support additional research. We invite you to believe by supporting our campaign.

Please help create a brighter future for all of those affected by blood cancers. With your support, we can write a miraculous story. I am asking for you to believe.

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My Thanks To

  • Withum, Smith & Brown
  • The Palace at Somerset Pa...
  • Unspecified Donor
  • Sarah Cirelli
  • Blue Moon Mexican Cafe
  • Michele Mel and Nicole Ge...
  • Abbonizio Contractors
  • Leonardo Cirelli
  • Benevity Community Impact
  • Shore Fit Club
  • Eleanor and Dennis Lillo
  • Nicole Hoyt - Laurita
  • Marissa Cirasella - Lauri...
  • John Stephenson - Laurita
  • Michael Antonlino
  • Howard Aronson
  • Jay Sexton
  • R. Lance Dillom
  • Robert Smutko
  • Kathleen Mills
  • Mary Holtz
  • carmelo geraci
  • Susan Bonney
  • John Boni
  • Taryn Bostjancic
  • Allison Massa
  • Carl Bloomfield
  • Barbara Williams
  • Tia Lazaro
  • Renee Gelber
  • Jaime Zettestrom
  • Georgette Kyriacou
  • Jazmine Acevedo
  • Tara Romano
  • Christina Morrison
  • Lynne Goldstein
  • Lamar Williams
  • Denise & Jack Oppelt
  • Kathleen Barnes
  • Tracey Gomes
  • brad Caruso
  • Mary Janowiak
  • Joe Picone
  • Anthony Tuths
  • Nina Chmura
  • Marc Peterson
  • Jennifer Howe
  • David Deutsch
  • Melissa Soranno
  • Graciela Saltos
  • Heather Clarey
  • Jennifer Pettersson
  • Margaret Macan
  • austin hagaman
  • Peter Weitsen
  • Marcela Casler
  • Amanda Riker
  • bill hagaman
  • Erica Schneider
  • Patricia Donlon
  • Rosanne Garcia
  • allen nahrwold
  • James Giannella
  • Nick Repertorio
  • Johanne Muller
  • Allie Schnall
  • Donna Ranieri
  • James gardella
  • robert hutchins
  • Patricia Roslonski
  • Donna Selobyt
  • Heather Fisher
  • Johanna Parker
  • Jennifer DeSantis
  • Sharon Skibbee
  • Franco Zito
  • Roly Acosta
  • Kathy Cunnius
  • Nicholas Geraci
  • Nicholas Geraci
  • Cheryl Luyster
  • Shirley Claude
  • Tom Angell
  • Cook Maran & Associates
  • Kevin Pons
  • Paul De Santis
  • Heather Campisi
  • Dominika Widomski
  • Teresa Crabtree
  • Jim & Marybeth Hannan
  • Jim Farrell
  • Simone Chuda
  • Keishla Rodriguez
  • Angela Cece
  • Kathryn Ennis
  • Stephen Tuffy
  • Chris Zirrith
  • Amar Amin
  • James D'Ovidio
  • Eric Majchrzak
  • Jose Antunes
  • Frank Boutillette
  • Aleksandra Truglio
  • Ruth Seip
  • James Browne
  • Theresa Richardson
  • Burt Bierman
  • Rob Crigler
  • Timothy Williamson
  • Kristen Celii
  • Karen Williams
  • Michael P McKeever
  • Edward Mendlowitz
  • Danielle Ippolito
  • Thomas Walsh
  • Fred Morelli
  • Jacob Weichholz
  • Anthony LaPorta
  • Laura MacFie
  • Nick Tallia
  • Gabe Vitale
  • Kristie Pappas
  • Kristyn Melanson
  • Richard Cohen
  • Ivan Brown
  • Les Cirelli
  • Andy Vitale
  • Carl Bloomfield
  • Tom Basilo
  • Sylvia Chey
  • Jack Rein
  • Cynthia Baker
  • Larry Thomas
  • Lauren Grossi
  • Alan Meyer
  • Christine Mellusi
  • Julie Zottman
  • Sara Palovick
  • Mary Ann Blackburn
  • Courtney Evan
  • Louis Sandor
  • Kevin Smith
  • Michael Stallone
  • Jim Mastridge
  • linda buonadies
  • Hayley Shulman