I am completely amazed at the amount of support that I have received from so many people for my Man of the Year campaign. People seem to be coming out of the woodwork in support of me, and in support of the fight against blood cancers. I have relied quite heavily on a few key individuals and they know who they are. I have also received many donations from folks that I don’t event know. Last week I was made aware of another effort on my behalf that really took my breath away.
A very old friend of mine, Lorraine DeYoung is a teacher at St. Maximilian Kolbe School in West Chester Pennsylvania. Their school recently dedicated some time to health and wellness and their 300 plus student in grades 1-8 made nutritional recipes that were low in sugar and low in sodium using ingredients that they liked. Mrs. DeYoung organized the recipes together by grade calling them “Recipes for Success” and instantly saw an opportunity to use their healthy lifestyle learning lesson as a way to help with my Man of the Year campaign.
She sold raffle chances for 50 cents each and the students put chances in any grade recipe book that they wanted and a winner out of each grade’s basket was selected. The winner got to take home a great recipe book and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society received all the donations. I can’t thank the students and faculty enough for this incredible act of caring.
Instilling the “give back” and “pay forward” mindset in our kids is not only a great lesson learned, but the project that they took on is a perfect example that everyone has the power and the ability be a hero. So, to my new hero friends at St. Max, thank you for your hard work, your big hearts, and your dedication. And also understand that the money that you raised will go directly into the research and the development of new treatments and to the many wonderful patient services that The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offers to patients and their families.
Thank you for saving lives!