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23 Kansas City-area inspired individuals compete and raise funds for LLS

Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic, passionate candidates engage in a spirited competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Man & Woman of the Year" titles by raising funds for blood cancer research.

The candidates compete in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year. Every dollar counts as one vote, and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of ten weeks.

The top local fundraisers in the country win the national titles. To date, these dedicated leaders have helped LLS invest almost $1 billion in research to advance breakthrough therapies that are saving lives today.

The funds raised through Man & Woman of the Year are used in many ways. LLS:

  • Offers free blood cancer information, education and support.
  • Helps patients, survivors, families and healthcare professionals.
  • Touches patients in their communities through its 61 chapters across the U.S. and Canada.
  • Drives policies that accelerate the development and approval of new treatments.
  • Advocates for blood cancer survivors and their families, helping patients navigate their cancer treatments and ensuring they have access to quality, affordable and coordinated care.