Tonight, at our Winter Man & Woman of the Year Reception, we will honor four individuals for their outstanding fundraising achievements: Brianna Haag, Nelum Gunewardane, Roger Royse and Christie White. All four were 2012 Man & Woman of the Year candidates; Brianna and Roger emerged as the winners with a shared total of more than $300,000 raised to accelerate new blood cancer treatments and save lives.
The LLS blood drop award honors top fundraisers who raise more than $50,000 and teams who raise more than $100,000 and links recipients with cutting-edge, LLS-funded research. Recipients have the option of designating a particular blood cancer of interest (acute myeloid leukemia or multiple myeloma, for example) and their funds can be linked to a research portfolio in this area. Funds are often named in honor of a loved one or an individual who has been impacted by blood cancer.
LLS Research Portfolios are selected annually and contain 6-10 research projects, including grants supporting basic science that helps us understand how cancer works and research likely to make important advances. The portfolios also include promising “bench to bedside” (aka translational) research and partnerships designed to accelerate drug development and get new therapies to patients as quickly as possible.
And now for these four LLS blood drop award designations:
- LLS is pleased to support the research of Dr. Michael Hudecek in honor of Russell E. Haag and in honor of the fundraising efforts of Brianna Haag.
- LLS is pleased to support the research of Dr. Jannis Aifantis in honor of Emme Webb and Alec Simas and in honor of the fundraising efforts of Roger Royse.
- LLS is pleased to support the research of Dr. Neil Shah in honor of the fundraising efforts of Christie White.
- LLS is pleased to support the research of Dr. Karsten Sauer in honor of all those friends and families battling blood cancers and in honor of the fundraising efforts of Nelum Gunewardane.
Congratulations to Brianna, Nelum, Roger and Christie! Thanks to you, we are making someday today.