Portland, OR. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) presented KGW’s Drew Carney with an Excellence in Media award for his efforts to raise awareness about ground-breaking blood cancer treatments and support services offered to patients by LLS. This year approximately 30 recipients nationwide were recognized in the Television and Media Personality categories.
Drew was nominated by the Oregon, SW Washington, Idaho & Montana (OSWIM) chapter for his outstanding partnership this year. OSWIM chapter Executive Director Stephanie Carlson said, “Drew’s generosity and guidance helped spread awareness about our services so that local blood cancer patients can understand that we can help them.” On September 12th, at a special event at the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel in downtown Portland, Drew was honored in front of eighty business, community and student leaders as well as patients, families and volunteers.

Top fundraisers Kyra Bussanich and Paige Spratt

In addition, three top fundraisers were recognized for their outstanding achievements in 2017, raising a collective total of $285,000 in just 10 weeks:

  •   Dr. Yale Popowich, Founder of Portland Plastic Surgery Group and 2017 Man of the Year
  •   Paige Spratt, attorney with Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt and 2017 Woman of the Year
  •   Kyra Bussanich, CEO of Kyra’s Bake Shop in Lake OswegoAbout Man, Woman & Student of the YearThe Man, Woman & Student of the Year is a unique fundraising and leadership opportunity for local business, community and high school-aged student leaders who wish to make an impact on the cancer landscape.Candidates form teams and fundraise for 7-10 weeks. Every dollar raised counts as a vote, and the teams with most votes win. Student candidates also compete for college scholarships.

    Local chapter’s winners are ranked nationally and in 2017 over $50 million was raised across the US. In Oregon & SW Washington, Man & Woman of the Year is leading its 14th year and Students is leading its 5th!

    In 2018, Oregon & SW Washington’s Students of the Year will run from January 11 – March 4, 2018, and Man & Woman of the Year will run from March 4 – May 12, 2018.

    Nominations are now open for 2018 – please visit www.lls.org/oswim for more information.

    About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:

    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.

    Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. 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.