The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Presents
Man & Woman of the Year
Every nine minutes, somebody in the U.S. dies of a blood cancer. And, in today’s times of uncertainty, cancer patients need support now, more than ever. On Saturday, June 20th it was announced that collectively eight influential Buffalo business professionals raised $151,247 in the inaugural Man & Woman of the Year for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Western & Central NY Chapter.
The two winners, Joseph Burwick of FreedMaxick and Carly Kennedy of Lawley Insurance, raised $29,098 and $39,163 respectively, to support LLS’s goal to find cures for blood cancers and ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments.
During a spirited 10 week fundraising period, beginning with a virtual kickoff celebration, candidates locally and across the country competed in honor of a local boy, Kamari from Lockport, NY and girl, Lexi from Warsaw, NY who is a blood cancer survivor to raise the most funds to ensure a world without blood cancers.
Candidates and their campaign teams were judged solely on virtual fundraising success this campaign season, 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.
“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 Michael Crisona, LLS Western & Central NY Chapter Executive Director. “Cancer will not wait for COVID-19 to go away. And blood cancer patients can’t wait either. These exceptional volunteers are all relentless and determined individuals and leaders in their communities. Together, we are getting closer to LLS’s goal of a world without blood cancer.”
Through programs like Man & Woman of the Year, LLS has invested nearly $1.3 billion in research to advance breakthrough therapies. 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.
While childhood leukemia has the highest cure rate of any blood cancer, it is also still the number-one disease killer among children under the age of 20. This needs to change, and we know that as we come together we will find a cure, not someday, but today!
Congratulations to all 2020 Man & Woman of the Year candidates and team members. We are currently accepting nominations for 2021 candidates. For additional information please contact your local chapter Campaign Manager, Sara Serafin-Wiese.