What is this all about?

Thank you for visiting this website! I am so excited you are here and I hope this helps you understand what this is all about.

I am leading a team of friends and family that is driven to find cures for blood cancer, and support the Mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Because I am all about “go big, or go home,” the team has quite a big goal set to raise during the 10-week campaign. Every dollar we raise counts as one vote for me. The candidate whose team tallies the most votes earns the prestigious title of “Man or Woman of the Year“.  But let’s be real… it’s not about the title.

My why: my niece was 11 when she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in June, 2019. She is now recovering from a brutal fight, that included more tests, taps, scans, treatments, and miserable days than any child should endure, including missing an entire summer of adventure and the first half of her first year of middle school. She may get to hear the word “cured” if all continues well; she returned to school after Thanksgiving, but with permanent heart damage, without her spleen, and without hair… and still, her costs of cancer aren’t the same as so many. I am working to fight for the day that she and ALL blood cancer patients will be CURED. Many diagnoses have much lower cure rates and that isn’t ok. For her, for the children representing the Iowa Chapter of LLS, and for all who will face a fight against blood cancer, let’s do this!

Everyone wins when cancer loses. Thanks to your support, my efforts will help fund therapies and treatments that are saving lives. Over the years, support from people like you has been responsible for the blood cancer advancements that have doubled, tripled, and in some cases quadrupled the survival rate for some blood cancers.

Many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients, but are also now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers and are in clinical trials for patients with lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. And LLS funded drugs like targeted therapies and immunotherapies are now saving thousands of lives every day.

We really are getting close to our goal of a world without blood cancers!

So why the website? My incredible team has helped make it possible for us to host about a dozen fun events. We will offer fun for all ages; family-fun events and adult time too!

So much thought and care has gone into each event so that the donation attendees make to participate provide more than the great feeling of helping the cause. Your donation will include things like food, drink tickets, a raffle ticket, live music, and SWAG bags (vary by event). Nearly all events will have great packages for those raffle tickets, including kiddo fun, food and drink, experiences, and tropical vacation resorts!

When are these exciting events? The campaign officially kicks off on April 2, 2020… so hold your excitement (and generosity!) until that date. It concludes with the Grand Finale gala celebration in Altoona on Saturday, June 13. The events we have planned for all of you kick off on April 2 and conclude just before the gala.

Why is this going live so early? Our team will soon be rolling out some exciting things so we are ready to hit the ground running on April 2. We will have campaign apparel available, which will come with exciting incentives and help fund campaign activities; we will have advance registration opportunities to both give us an estimate of attendees to make it the best for you, as well as allow for schedule planning.

How can you stay in the know? Click the option to “Follow this Campaign!” You will get notified when news of events rolls out, as well as when the campaign officially launches and is ending. Follow the campaign on Facebook as well at https://www.facebook.com/EmilyWOY2020 – please interact, engage, and share! That will help our team maximize our reach!

How can you help? Share this site, register to join our exciting events, follow on Facebook, provide any feedback you can! We are still adding sponsors for our events, as well as for the Grand Finale, so any suggestions or support is welcomed. We are working with a great local company to offer our apparel, which will include the logos of our sponsors as well!

Please visit my website often and tell friends who would also like to have some fun while supporting an amazing cause.

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support! For more information about LLS, please visit http://www.lls.org

If you’ve read this far, THANK YOU! If you scrolled down and scanned to this point, THANK YOU (but don’t miss the “follow” option above!)! I am beyond excited for this incredible challenge and to make the absolute biggest impact I can, with the help of all of you. Cheers!

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