Aurora caregivers nominated for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Milwaukee Man & Woman of the Year

March 11, 2011

Local citizens compete for the title of Man & Woman of the Year

Milwaukee, Wi.- The Wisconsin Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) launched its 2011 Milwaukee Man & Woman of the Year competition on March 10th to raise money for cancer research and patient services.

Community leaders will compete 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, but the most important reason candidates participate is for families like this year’s Girl and Boy of the Year, Corah Buth and Doolin Meni. Corah and Doolin are local children who have survived acute lymphoblastic leukemia and are a source of inspiration.

The money raised by candidates over a ten week period is used by LLS to fund research seeking cures and better therapies, and to provide information and support so that patients have the best possible outcomes throughout their cancer experience.

Every dollar raised counts as one “vote.” The men and women candidates with the most “votes” will be awarded the title of 2011 Man & Woman of the Year at a Grand Finale Gala on Friday, May 20th at the Pfister Hotel, and then are entered into the competition for National Man & Woman of the Year.

We are honored to announce Aurora's candidates for the 2011 Man & Woman of the Year: Gayle Paquin, RN, and David E. Straseski, Aurora Advanced Healthcare – Oncology Division.

Dr. Robert Taylor of Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center and Marija Bjegovich-Weidman of the Aurora systemwide cancer program are representing Aurora Health Care as co-chairs of the Nominating Committee.

“It is an honor to support these Champions of Hope in advancing the LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families in Wisconsin,” shares Marija Bjegovich-Weidman.

To cast your vote for this year’s Man and/or Woman of the Year, to attend the Grand Finale Gala on May 20th, or to learn more about the campaign visit, www.mwoy.org/wi

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, headquartered in White Plains, NY, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $600 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. LLS has a local Patient Services Manager in 68 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. For additional information, please contact LLS at (800) 955-4572 or visit www.LLS.org.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

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