I have been honored to be selected as a candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Man & Woman of the Year campaign. I am writing today to ask for your support of my efforts to help LLS find a cure for blood cancers and to assist patients and families as they battle this disease.
As a candidate for the LLS Man of The Year I am campaigning to raise money for a special little girl by the name of Charlie Ortiz who is 8 years old. Charlie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in October of 2009 and we are proud to say she has officially completed her treatment.
There are over 1 million people in the U.S. battling leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer and sadly every ten minutes, we lose someone to this disease. Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults below the age of 20.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, founded in 1949, is the world’s largest health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient service. LLS funds more blood cancer research than any other voluntary health agency in the U.S. or Canada. In 2012, out of $44.2 million dollars distributed nationally, $1,047,089 was distributed to South Central Texas alone.
Charlie and I need your help!
My campaign to be the Man of the Year is all about dollars raised for Charlie. Every dollar I raise is a vote for us and a vote to cure cancer. I am asking you today to join me in this ambitious campaign. It is not about being Man of the Year or winning some competition, it is about raising money for Charlie Ortiz and other children alike. The money helps to support important research that LLS is funding, which has lead to groundbreaking treatments -- such as chemotherapy, radiation, stem cell transplantation and never before discovered drugs that are creating cures vital to treating blood cancers and many other forms of cancer.
Please help us reach our goal of raising $2,000 dollars by April 29, 2013! You can find more information by visiting http://www.mwoy.org/pages/sctx/austin13/albertpomales.