At a Buckhead gala, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Georgia chapter recently announced the winners of its 11th annual Atlanta Man & Woman of the Year campaign while raising nearly $2.4 million.
The campaign concluded June 8 with a black-tie affair at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta hotel with over 800 guests. The campaign had a record 28 candidates this year and collected funds for the society’s mission to find a cure for blood cancer and improve the lives of patients and their families.
Kritesh Patel, an MBA student at Emory University, was named 2019 Man of the Year after raising $241,944, and Katy Huie Harrison of Undefining Motherhood was named 2019 Woman of the Year with $258,330 collected. The Man and Woman of the Year runners-up were Bert Johnson and Katie McCandless, respectively.
Johnson also received the Community Involvement Award, which goes to the candidate who best increases the exposure of the society in the community during his or her campaign. Patel also won the Premil Patel Mission Award, which recognizes the candidate who shares the utmost passion and drive for the society’s mission.
The 28 candidates competed to raise funds in honor of the organization’s Boy & Girl of the Year, Ethan and Brenna, who are childhood blood cancer survivors.
The society is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. Its mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The nonprofit funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
The Georgia chapter serves patients with a variety of programs including the Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program, the Georgia Blood Cancer Conference, and the Co-Pay Assistance Program which provided over $2.1 million to patients statewide in fiscal 2018.
The society is investing $1.3 million in support of three local research projects at Emory through multiyear grants. It is estimated that there will be about 4,810 new diagnoses for blood cancer in Georgia in 2019.
For more information, visit www.lls.org/ga.