The 2013 Man & Woman of the Year was a huge success! Thank you to all of the candiates, campaign managers, campaign teams & supporters!
2013 Man &Woman of the Year Winners!
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2013 Woman & Man of the Year-Amy Allison & John Mackie
Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic passionate candidates engage in a spirited ten-week fundraising competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Man, Woman & Teen of the Year" titles, by raising funds for blood cancer research. Our exciting 2013 campaign will start with a fun Kick Off on Tuesday, April 9th and the fundraising competition will culminate with a celebration of everyone's efforts at the Grand Finale Celebration on Friday, June 21st at the Grand Hall at the Priory in Pittsburgh. The evening will include food, drinks, music, a fabulous silent auction and a reverse raffle to win a car!
The ideal candidates are community, business and student leaders who are philanthropic, ambitious, socially active, resourceful and passionate about making a difference in the lives of people suffering from blood cancers. Their unstoppable ambition drives them to fundraise in a large-scale capacity with remarkable results.
All participants raise funds in honor of our Girl & Boy of the Year, local blood cancer survivors who serve as inspiration for our candidates' efforts, in addition to their own personal connections.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year campaign began in 1990 in San Francisco to honor John Spencer, a valued employee at Hastings Clothier in San Francisco and a Society volunteer. Spencer died of leukemia at the age of 39. It was in John's memory that Hastings began supporting the Society's Northern California Chapter with the San Francisco Man & Woman of the Year event. Now, more than 40 Man & Woman of the Year campaigns occur across the nation, making this a highly visible fundraising program.
Although someone new is diagnosed with a blood cancer every four minutes, there is a great hope for the future. LLS is the world's largest national voluntary health organization dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodkin's disease and myeloma and to improving the quality of life of patients and families.
The Other Reason
FUN! Everyone involved with the Man, Woman & Teen of the Year is surrounded by diverse people, a dedicated staff, and a supportive committee. Additionally, there are a number of fantastic parties, including the Grand Finale Celebration event which provides candidates the opportunity to gain new friends and contacts.