Boy & Girl of the Year
Washington/Alaska's Boy & Girl of the Year
The Boy & Girl of the Year are local children battling blood cancers who serve as motivation and inspiration to Man & Woman of the Year candidates in their competition to raise funds and win the titles.
Boy of the Year
Eldon is "Mr. Personality" and always has something to say! During his treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at Seattle Children's Hospital he was always the nurses' favorite patient and they like to fight over who got to help him for the day. Eldon enjoys playing with his siblings and being outside. He completed his maintenance treatment and is doing well! He is like many other 8 year-old boys and loves superheroes! Now he is one. Eldon is very excited to be our Boy of the Year and help in the fight against blood cancers. Even though there is a 91% survival rate for pediatric ALL, there is still work to be done. Eldon loves to chat, so don't be shy and introduce yourself!
Girl of the Year
On January 10th, 2011, at age four, Anna was diagnosed with leukemia. Throughout this entire ordeal Anna has been amazing! After a week in the hospital she learned to take her medications in pill form so she wouldn't have to taste the liquid medications given to little kids. Anna has had over 40 transfusions of blood and platelets, 16 spinal taps, 5 bone marrow removals, countless blood draws, months of inpatient in the hospital, CT scans and MRIs, a blood infection, a feeding tube, heart damage, being unable to walk for a week, a tiny 18" walker, 16 courses of cranial radiation and is still dealing with nerve damage in her ankles and wrists. She will, most likely, for the rest of her life, deal with the long-term side effects of her chemotherapy. Anna dealt with everything with her characteristic upbeat attitude and energy. Her positive outlook set the tone for the way her family dealt with her illness. Before Anna was diagnosed with leukemia, childhood cancer had never entered her family's mind. After her diagnosis and meeting so many pediatric patients fighting for their lives, they have researched and found organizations that fund support, treatment and research for patients and their families. They have friends and family members involved in the Light the Night, the Big Climb, and Team In Training to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Anna finished chemotherapy on May 11, 2013. Now that they are not fighting for her to be cured, they raise awareness and funds for research and support so that other families don't have to fight the same fight. Anna is our inspiration and we would love for her to be yours.