Records broken in 2019 Grand Finale - over $915,000 raised in 10 weeks!

Records broken in 2019 Grand Finale - over $915,000 raised in 10 weeks!


For Immediate Release

Contact: Julie Davidson

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Announces Oregon & SW Washington

2019 Man & Woman of the Year Winners


June 3, 2019 - A Portland woman and a Salem man have been named the winners of this year’s Man & Woman of the Year of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Oregon & SW Washington chapter.


The two winners, Dr. Bud Pierce of Oregon Oncology Specialists and Sherrie Austin of MaritzCX each raised over $150,000 in support of LLS’s goal to find cures for blood cancers and ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments.  The Woman of the Year Runners-up are Caryn Lee of ADP and Dr. Uma Borate of OHSU.  The Man of the Year Runners-up are Brent VanLoo of ID Experts and Tommy Schroeder of Portland Fire & Rescue, who was also awarded the Lanphere Hope Award.  Lindsay Reece of Salem was named Team Member of the Year.


Dr. Bud Pierce is a pioneering figure in cancer care in the Willamette Valley with a career that spans four decades.  Sherrie Austin is a top sales professional who lost both her parents to cancer and has been a long-time fundraiser for LLS through Team in Training.  They each built large teams that extended their reach, and ran exciting campaigns that attracted donations from around the country.


In total, the 15 Candidates raised over a record-setting $915,000 in a spirited 10-week fundraising period which began on March 3rd and ended May 11th with a black-tie Grand Finale gala at the Portland Hilton.  Candidates and their campaign teams were judged solely on fundraising success, with each dollar counting as one vote. Their totals are then considered for the national title. Candidates in each LLS chapter across the country vie for the local title, and the highest fundraisers earn the title of National Man & Woman of the Year. The national titles will be awarded to the top fundraisers in the country, to be announced this summer. 


In addition, the Man & Woman of the Year All Star campaign launched in 2014 as a fundraising competition among a select group of Man & Woman of the Year alumni. All Stars conduct their own campaign with their personal fundraising team.  Geri Naumcheff of Adaptive Biotechnologies, who first ran for Woman of the Year in 2015, is part of an elite group of influential, compassionate community and business leaders who is competing for the title of National Woman of the Year All Star. The male and female All Stars who raise the most funds will named the National Man & Woman of the Year All Stars via a celebratory LLS national webcast this summer.


“Congratulations to our winners, and to all of our candidates and campaign team members who participated in this year’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign,” said Stephanie Carlson, LLS OSWIM Executive Director. “These exceptional volunteers are all passionate and determined individuals, and leaders in their communities. Together, we are getting closer to LLS’s goal of a world without blood cancer.” 


LLS also had record corporate involvement in this year’s campaign.  “The support of the business community was extraordinary, and we are thrilled to partner with so many diverse companies in caring for families touched by cancer,” said Stephanie Carlson. 


LLS would like to especially acknowledge Presenting Sponsor Lanphere Auto Group, led by Bob Lanphere Jr. and Sharon Lenz who jointly-presented the inaugural Lanphere Hope Award to Tommy Schroeder of Portland Fire & Rescue in recognition of his outstanding efforts to raise awareness of the fight against blood cancer“Lanphere Auto Group was proud to partner with a great organization like LLS, whose research is bringing forward cures for blood cancer and many other types of cancer,” said Robb Walther, CFO, Lanphere Auto Group.  “We will continue our support of this fine organization and encourage other companies to do so as well. Together we can help put an end to blood cancer.”


LLS would also like to thank major sponsors Oregon Oncology Specialists, ADP, MaritzCX, ID Experts, Mountain West Investments, Adaptive Biotechnologies, Future State Consulting, BMW of Salem, Gold + Arrow Salon, Reliable Credit Association, SKA Wealth Strategies of Raymond James and Macy’s Washington Square for their significant support for our mission to cure blood cancers and help patients.   


LLS is the world’s leading non-profit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding cures for blood cancers and ensuring that patients have access to lifesaving treatments. Every nine minutes someone in the U.S. dies of a blood cancer. Through programs like Man & Woman of the Year, LLS has invested more than $1.3 billion in research to advance breakthrough therapies. Since 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 44 new therapies to treat patients with blood cancers, including some entirely new agents and some new uses for already approved drugs, and LLS was involved with funding 34 of them. The funds raised through LLS's Man & Woman of the Year are used for:


  • Research to advance targeted therapies and immunotherapies that are saving thousands of lives;
  • Blood cancer information, education and support for patients;
  • Policies that ensure patients have access to blood cancer treatments.


Visit the Man & Woman of the Year website ( and learn how you can become engaged with LLS.


About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

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