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Oceanside woman receives highest honors

OCEANSIDE — The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s San Diego/Hawaii Chapter named Ellen Stotmeister, of Oceanside, as 2011 Woman of the Year. Stotmeister was the highest fundraiser for blood cancer research and patient services.
During a spirited 10-week fundraising period, beginning March 8, the candidates worked selflessly to reach out to their networks, hold events, and raise funds on behalf of LLS. Candidates were judged solely on their success in raising money to help LLS fund research to find cures and better therapies for cancer, and provide information and support to blood cancer patients and their families. The Man & Woman of the Year Competition is held at each LLS Chapter and top fundraisers are submitted for the national title, which will be awarded to the top fundraisers in the country this summer.
Stotmeister is a self-proclaimed community volunteer. Always with a smile on her face and a heart for helping others, her campaign team of women who named themselves the “Sassy Sisters for a Solution,” left no opportunity unexplored or friend/neighbor/business unasked for support, and their hard work certainly paid off.
Stotmeister decided to run for Woman of the Year in honor of her childhood friend, Peggy, who died of leukemia, and her granddaughter’s friend, Anna, who is winning her battle with the same disease years later, partially due to the work of LLS.
For Ellen, “The best experience [of this campaign]…is having several people I know well tell me that they have a family member either currently battling a blood cancer or one who is in remission. And then they thank me for taking on this responsibility to help find a cure. It’s very rewarding, and makes me realize how important this mission is.”
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 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. To learn more, visit or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572.