The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Announces Rylan and Catherine as Boy & Girl of The Year

February 26, 2019 - For 10 weeks, 3-year-old, Rylan and 7-year-old, Catherine will be spreading an extremely important message, that together, we can create a world without blood cancers. As The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Midlands Boy & Girl of the Year, these children know firsthand what it means to battle a blood cancer.

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The Boy & Girl of the Year are inspiring local Man & Woman of the Year candidates, Alana Grant, Brooks Mathews, Clare Morris, Jan Jernigan, Justin Schaeffer, Megan Cales, Michael Anthos, Michael Gun, Troy Fite and Zeke Riddle to dedicate themselves for a 10 week period to raising as much funds as possible to find cures for blood cancers and ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments. The man and woman who raise the most funds during the campaign are awarded the prestigious title of Man or Woman of the Year in their community. On May 16th, they will gather to celebrate Rylan and Catherine at LLS’s Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale at the USC Alumni Center. At the Grand Finale, the man and woman who have raised the highest amount with their fundraising team will be awarded the title of 2019 Man & Woman of the Year, but the true winners are the blood cancer patients and their families. 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” said Frank Canning, LLS’s Midlands Chapter interim executive director. “This past two years alone, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 34 therapies to treat patients with blood cancers. Despite LLS’s impact on blood cancers, every three minutes someone new will be diagnosed - there’s more work to be done. Finding cures takes us all.”

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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