The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) announced that Mamaroneck High School Senior Callie Zola, 17, has been named “Girl of the Year.” In this role, Callie, who received a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when she was 16 and is now in remission, will share her experiences and perspectives on the challenges of a diagnosis of a blood cancer to motivate donors to support the annual LLS Man & Woman of the Year fundraising campaigns. Each year, LLS recognizes a girl and a boy whose firsthand experience with a diagnosis of leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease or myeloma serves as an inspiration and motivation to the local Man & Woman of the Year Campaign, a 10-week challenge to raise funds to find cures for blood cancers. The campaign culminates in a Grand Finale event in June to reveal the top fundraising Man & Woman of 2018. The Girl of the Year serves as a special guest and speaker at the gala program.
Callie shares the honor with Giovanni Toribio of Ossining, NY who serves as Boy of the Year. Giovanni is six years old who was diagnosed with lymphoma in July 2016. As of today, he is cancer free.
The Boy & Girl of the Year are inspiring local Man & Woman of the Year candidates to dedicate themselves for a 10-week period to raise as much funds as possible to find cures for blood cancers and ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments. From April 12, 2018 through June 23, 2018, their goals are to raise funds that will go directly to LLS in support of its longstanding goal: a world without blood cancers. Each dollar raised counts as a “vote”. On June 23, 2018, they will gather to celebrate Callie Zola & Giovanni Toribio at LLS’s Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale at the Hilton Westchester, Rye Brook.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.
To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.