(Press Release) The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Connecticut Westchester Hudson Valley Chapter announced that Rebecca Foerster of New York City has been nominated as a candidate for LLS’s 2017 Woman of the Year. Candidates across the country compete in honor of a local boy or girl who is a blood cancer survivor, to raise the most funds for blood cancer research.
Foerster is a strategic planning and marketing executive vice president at Leo Schachter Diamonds. She is one of an elite group of community and business leaders who will compete for the titles of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year.
Competing for these titles is an honor surrounded with a great deal of fanfare, including a full-page ad in USA Today. However, the most important reason candidates participate is to find cures for blood cancers and ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments. Foerster is looking forward to joining LLS in the fight against blood cancers.
"Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by making a donation to my fundraising campaign for Man or Woman of the Year," she said. "I am working to raise as much as possible in a 10-week period. My goal is a lofty one but I am committed to working hard to get to it! The cause is that important to me."
Foerster: "My mom, my best friend, mentor and inspiration has been struggling with a chronic form of lymphoma for almost 10 years. Her mental willpower and the amazing treatment program at NYU Langone has made this a very manageable condition to live with. I could never imagine seeing my energetic mom, full of zest for life, not being able to enjoy and have quality of life. What a blessing!"
As a candidate, Foerster will raise funds between April 6 and June 17 for a world without blood cancers. Every dollar she raises will count as one “vote” in her favor. The male and female candidates with the most “votes” will be awarded the titles Connecticut Westchester Hudson Valley Man & Woman of the Year at a Grand Finale Gala on Saturday, June 17 at the Hilton in Stamford, CT. The local winners are then entered into the competition for National Man & Woman of the Year titles.
This year, eight local candidates for the 2017 Man and Woman of the Year award have accepted the task of raising $1 million dollars for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society over the course of the 10-week fundraising campaign.
“The Man & Woman of the Year program is a great way for candidates to partner with other influential people in their communities to bring hope to thousands of blood cancer patients,” said CTWHV Chapter Executive Director Deborah Barker. “Candidates get to showcase their fundraising and community outreach skills as well as their humanitarianism.”
There are many ways to support Foerster in her quest for a world without blood cancers.
Become a member of her campaign team, sponsor a table the Grand Finale Gala on June 17 or pledge to make a donation during her campaign at: www.teamsparkle.org. To learn more about the Man & Woman of the Year campaign, visit: www.mwoy.org/ctwhv.