Each year, the Fort Wayne Community rallies around The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to fight for the Champions of Hope and earn the titles of Man and Woman of the Year. The boxing gloves came out at the Kick-Off event Wednesday, February 13th at Parkview Field. The brave Champions of Hope, whom 6 candidates are fighting for this round, were the faces of encouragement for the evening. Kellcey Nichols, Girl of the Year, and Greyson Snyder, Boy of the Year, celebrated the evening with candidates Stan Ziherl, Corinna Ladd, Beth Schrader, Todd Smith, Emily Szaferski and Dr. Mike Parker.
These local children are fighting their own fight against blood cancers. The impact of the testimonials provided by the parents of Kellcey and Greyson resounded throughout the room and gave inspiration to the 6 community representatives, one in particular: Stan Ziherl.
Focusing his efforts on serving the Fort Wayne community, the president of Five Star Distributing, Ziherl, shares that his wealth of knowledge, service, and time has never been a problem. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, this passionate and loyal Notre Dame fan earned his bachelor's degree in 1978 from Notre Dame and his MBA from Indiana University Northwestern. As a once native buckeye, this Hoosier humbly serves as a member on the board of directors for the Community Harvest Food Bank, Lutheran Life Villages Foundation and Regional Chamber of Commerce-Northeast Indiana.
When Stan was approached by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Northeastern Indiana, he followed his motto of "Do my best. Make a difference. Help someone in need" and humbly accepted the nomination to run as a candidate for the Man and Woman of the Year Campaign.
"Northeast Indiana and its "people" have been very good to me – if I can even begin to return the blessings bestowed on me and attempt to pay forward, I consider it an honor," said Stan.
"When I am asked to help I always make every effort to do so – the effort is especially heightened by this wonderful organization and the special people they help."
With a solid campaign team working diligently together to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Stan continually motivates his team by leading by example, going out into the "great beer drinking town" he loves, and spreading his message of why these funds are important.
How can one individual successfully run a beer distributing facility, serve on numerous boards, and help other people acquire necessary medical help? Take Stan's advice of avoiding the over-committing and under-delivering.
"All the causes I am involved in are certainly worth the extra time," explained Stan.
To assist in Stan's fundraising efforts simply visit http://www.mwoy.org/pages/in/ftwayne13/stan. All contributions are tax deductible and will help fund LLS programs, including research, patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services.