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Local Community Leaders Compete for the Title of Man & Woman of the YearLocal Community Leaders Compete for the Title of Man & Woman of the Year

The Indiana Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has launched its 2014 Northeast Indiana Man & Woman of the Year competition to raise money in support of cancer research and patient services.

This year's candidates are: Thomas Didier, US Foods, Amy Fisher, Quest Diagnostics, Mike Kelley, Kelley Automotive Group, C. David Tolson, Buffalo Wild Wings and Olivia Valencic-Miller, Homestead High School. All funds raised by the candidates will be done in honor of the LLS Boy & Girl of the Year, Caleb Hoppe (age 3) and Gianna Caccamo (age 9). Caleb and Gianna are local blood cancer patients who serve as inspiration for the candidates and LLS supporters.

Every dollar raised throughout the campaign counts as one "vote" – a vote to cure cancer. The male and female candidates with the most "votes" will be awarded the title of 2014 Man & Woman of the Year at a Grand Finale Gala on Friday, May 30 at Ceruti's Banquet & Event Center, and then are entered into the competition for the National Man & Woman of the Year title. Tickets for the Grand Finale Gala can be purchased now through May 12 by visiting www.mwoy.org/pages/in/ftwayne14 or calling 260-616-0654 .

The money raised by Man & Woman of the Year candidates over the 10-week fundraising period is used by LLS to fund research seeking cures and better therapies, and to provide information and support so that patients have the best possible outcomes throughout their cancer experience.

"The Man & Woman of the Year program is a great way for candidates to network with other influential people in their communities while also helping to bring hope to thousands of blood cancer patients," said Amy Kwas, the Indiana Chapter's Executive Director. "Candidates get to showcase their fundraising and community outreach skills as well as their humanitarianism."

To cast your vote for this year's Man & Woman of the Year, to attend the Grand Finale Gala on May 30, or to learn more about the campaign, visit www.mwoy.org/ftw or contact LLS Staff Melanie Kruth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (260) 616-0654.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, headquartered in White Plains, NY, is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $1 billion in research and provides funding across the continuum from basic research through clinical trials. LLS is also proud to be one of the only non-profit organization still able to give direct funding to patients in the forms of patient financial aid and co-pay assistance. For more information about LLS, please visit www.LLS.org.


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