The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Alabama/Gulf Coast chapter kicked off their 3rd Annual Man & Woman of the Year competition to raise money for blood cancer research and patient services on Thursday, April 4, 2013. Candidates compete for the title by raising funds in honor of local leukemia survivors, Boy of the Year A.J. Smith, age 8, of Perdido, and Girl of the Year Emma Rae Perkins, age 4, of Spanish Fort.
Candidates competing for 2013 Man of the Year are: Cart Blackwell of The Mobile Historic Development Commission; Allan Brown of The Law Office of Allan Brown, LLC; Brian Murphy of Braswell Murphy; and Day Peake of Phelps Dunbar.
Candidates competing for 2013 Woman of the Year are: Kesshia Davis of Mobile Gas; Tricia Mayhall of United Healthcare; Frances Morrissette of LLB&B Real Estate; and Sam Williams of Prudential Nichols.
Candidates for the titles are judged solely on the basis of their success in generating funds to benefit LLS, which invests in research for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and provides information and services to patients and their families. Every dollar raised counts as one vote.
The male and female candidates with the most votes locally will be crowned "2013 Man & Woman of the Year," at a Grand Finale celebration at The Gulf Coast Exploreum on Thursday, June 13, at 6:00pm. These top local fundraisers will also be in the running for the national title of Man & Woman of the Year, an honor surrounded with a great deal of fanfare, including a full-page ad in USA Today. You can cast a vote for your favorite candidate at www.mwoy.org/al , then click South Alabama.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Alabama/Gulf Coast Chapter serves patients battling leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma in Alabama and the Florida panhandle, and raises money for blood cancer and services to enhance the quality of life for local patients such as family support groups, educational programs and financial assistance. For more information about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, visit www.lls.org .
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