Friendly competitions raises money to fight blood cancers

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The New Mexico chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society just kicked off its annual Man & Woman of the Year Campaign to raise funds to fight blood cancers. LLS’s mission is to find cures and to ensure access to treatments for patients suffering from blood cancers like Leukemia. LLS is saving lives not someday, but today.

The Man and Woman of the Year campaign is a fun, friendly competition. There are 16 candidates competing to raise the most money to fight blood cancers. The top man and woman will be named the LLS Man & Woman of the Year for New Mexico. Candidates include some of Albuquerque’s notable residents, ranging from people who work in finance, to a “Breaking Bad” actor (Rodney Rush, who played Combo on the show.)

The campaign runs from Feb. 20 – May 2 (10 weeks). Many people have witnessed firsthand the debilitating effects blood cancers can have on patients. Despite progress, more than one third of blood cancer patients still do not survive five years after their diagnosis, so more funding is needed to advance research and ensure access to treatments to help save more lives.

Donations can be made online and are tax deductible. Every contribution helps.

KRQE This Morning spoke with two children who are survivors and now part of the cause. Both Paul and Abigail are true heroes.

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