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Honored Heroes of the Indiana Chapter of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Amanda Fagan


March 2014

Each year since 2009, the Indiana Chapter of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hosts the Man and Woman of the Year campaign. Like other LLS campaigns, an Honored Hero serves as a focal point of motivation, driving candidates to raise as much money as possible. Since 2009, the campaign has grown from 9 to 14 candidates, and has collectively risen over $3 million in revenue thru volunteers' efforts.

Over 1,130,000 people in the United States are faced with living with a blood cancer. Approximately every 10 minutes someone dies from a blood related cancer. Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children, adolescents and young adults under the age of 20. With these statistics and no cure yet in place, consider yourself incredibly fortunate if these horrific diseases have not had a direct or indirect affect on your personal life. Through tireless volunteers and significant monetary donations, major strides have been made in the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma however; the need remains critical-- this is why MWOY exists, simply put. It is our mission to exceed over $684,000 this year, in effort to continue finding a cure for blood cancers.

So what is, really, an Honored Hero, you ask?

An Honored Hero is someone who provides inspiration and support for the fundraising programs of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. An Honored Hero is anyone who is being treated for, or is a survivor of, leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease or myeloma.

Meet Maeve and Zaki, our 2014 Honored Heros for the Man and Woman of the Year campaign. The 13 candidates (7 men, 6 women) will be raising money in honor of these two brave, adorable, energetic, sweet, and spunky children. May we not forget to honor and mention their parents & families, as they, too, experienced challenging times during the course of Maeve and Zaki's initial diagnosis and treatment.

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