Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic and passionate candidates engage in a spirited 10-week fundraising competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 'Man & Woman of the Year' titles by raising funds for blood cancer research.
This year the Fort Wayne chapter's fundraising goal was $175,000 and the 6 candidates apparently thought that wasn't good enough going on to raise $287,100 breaking records and hopefully starting a tradition.
IOS's Beth Schrader was one of the 6 candidates. She raised $76,663, another Fort Wayne record, and was named Fort Wayne's Woman of the Year. It was an emotional and exhausting journey for Beth, a Leukemia survivor, and a chance to put more money in the hands of researchers on the path to a cure.
Although someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer every 4 minutes, there is great hope for the future. LLS is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and to improving the quality of life of patients and their families. This is done through research, patient aid, education and advocacy with the funds raised by generous supporters.
As Beth said at the end of her speech at Friday night's gala "Cancer will eventually retreat… because it knows by now, as this evening shows, that we will never give up."