The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Announces Brooks Mathews as Candidate for Woman Of The Year

Brooks Mathews

(COLUMBIA, S.C.,) - The Midlands Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is pleased to announce that Brooks Mathews of Columbia has been nominated as a candidate for LLS’s 2019 Woman of the Year. Candidates across the county form powerful fundraising teams to raise the most funds for blood cancer research and compete in honor of two local children who are blood cancer survivors.

Mathews, a teacher at Heathwood Hall, is one of an elite group of community and business leaders who will compete for the titles of LLS’s Man & Woman of the Year. Competing for these titles is an honor surrounded with a great deal of fanfare, including a full-page ad in USA Today.

“The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is a cause that is extremely close to my heart,” said Mathews. “For the majority of the last seven years, I’ve been a passionate advocate for finding a cure through Camp Kemo Programs and Relay for Life. My heart is constantly touched year after year experiencing the strength and resilience of those facing one of the toughest battles in their lives, yet consistently exemplifying positivity and overwhelming joy! I’m honored and humbled to be a candidate for the LLS Woman of the Year and will absolutely strive every step of the way to get one step closer to finding a cure for blood cancers!”

As a candidate, Mathews will raise funds for a world without blood cancers between March 5th and May 16th, 2019. The man and woman candidates who raise the most funds during the 10-week campaign will be awarded the titles Midlands Man & Woman of the Year at a Grand Finale on May 16th at the USC Alumni Center. The local winners are then entered into the competition for National Man & Woman of the Year titles.

LLS is the world’s leading non-profit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding cures for blood cancers and ensuring that patients have access to lifesaving treatments. Every nine minutes someone in the U.S. dies of a blood cancer. Through programs like Man & Woman of the Year, LLS has invested more than $1 billion in research to advance breakthrough therapies. The funds raised through LLS's Man & Woman of the Year are used for:
• Research to advance targeted therapies and immunotherapies that are saving thousands of lives;
• Blood cancer information, education and support for patients;
• Policies that ensure patients have access to blood cancer treatments.

“Through programs like Man & Woman of the Year, LLS has invested more than $1.2 billion in research to advance breakthrough therapies. This past year marked a new era in the treatment of blood cancer. In all, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 18 therapies to treat patients with blood cancer,” said Frank Canning, LLS’s Midlands chapter interim executive director. “But there’s still more work to be done. Our Man & Woman of the Year candidates embody the idea that any individual can make a difference with hard work and dedication. Finding cures takes us all.”

There are many ways you can support Mathews in her quest for a world without blood cancers. Become a member of her campaign team, sponsor the Grand Finale on May 16th or simply pledge to make a donation during her campaign.

Visit the Man & Woman of the Year website ( and learn how you can become engaged with LLS.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

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