RANCHO SANTA FE — Ray Lewis of Rancho Santa Fe and Robin Rond of Rancho Penasquitos were the top local fundraisers, raising more than $35,000 between the two of them for blood cancer research and patient services.
This achievement won them this year’s Man of the Year and Woman of the Year awards from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s San Diego Chapter.
During the 10-week fundraising period, the candidates were judged solely on their success in raising money to help LLS fund research to find cures and better therapies and provide information and support to blood cancer patients and their families. Every dollar raised counts as one vote. Lewis and Rond were the candidates with the most votes, and were awarded the 2009 title. The candidates competed in honor of LLS’s Boy & Girl of the Year, local children who are blood cancer survivors and sources of inspiration to others.
Nine years ago, Lewis was diagnosed with leukemia. He underwent treatment including a successful bone marrow transplant and is now cancer-free. Lewis is now highly involved with LLS because he benefited profoundly from the fundraising and research efforts of others during his treatment. His agenda is simple — pay it forward by continuing what those before him started until there is a cure for blood cancers.
Rond has been involved with LLS for approximately six years supporting The Light The Night Walk and Patient Education Programs. Her Uncle Pete is battling Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Rond shared that she understands “that every patient in every infusion center that I visit is someone’s ‘Uncle Pete’ and that has made me want to be more involved.”
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. Since LLS’s founding 60 years ago, LLS has invested more than $600 million in research; nearly $71.4 million in fiscal year 2008 alone. Survival rates for blood cancers have increased 2-4 fold over the last 40 years. Nearly 1 million volunteers from all walks of life give generously of their time and talents to implement LLS’s programs.
LLS is a non profit 501©(3). For more information about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of San Diego call (858) 277-1800 or visit www.lls.org/sd.
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