(March 29, 2013) The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year is a national campaign that has taken place for 23 years. Maryland/Baltimore has participated for 21 years, but this is the first time the Eastern Shore has its own campaign and local photographer Nick Denny is in the running.
Each year, in communities across the country, candidates compete to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Man & Woman of the Year” titles by raising funds for blood cancer research.
They garner donations in honor of local children who are blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year.
Every dollar counts as one vote and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of 10 weeks. The top local fundraisers in the country win the national titles.
Jennifer Veil, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “Man and Woman of the Year” Eastern Shore campaign coordinator, was familiar with Denny’s photography and since he is well known in the local community, she thought he would be a good candidate. Veil said she didn’t realize he had a personal connection.
“I personally have been touched by blood cancer twice. The mother of a very close friend of mine whom we all dearly loved was diagnosed with leukemia and unfortunately lost her brave battle a few years ago,” Denny said on his campaign page www.mwoy.org/pages/md/mdes13/nickdenny.
“It was a devastating loss to so many people. She was a wonderful neighborhood ‘mom’ to so many of us. My grandfather is also a leukemia survivor and we are all so thankful that he was able to benefit from life-saving research.”
“Upon learning of all the ways that blood cancer research funded by LLS is not only advancing the cure for blood cancers by helping patients live longer healthier lives, but also helping other cancers and autoimmune diseases like diabetes and lupus, I knew I wanted to help,” he continued.
Four men and four women are vying for the Eastern Shore titles.
For more information and to donate to Denny’s campaign, visit www.mwoy.org/md and click the “Eastern Shore” link. On the left side of that page is the “Meet the Candidates” tab. Click on the tab and Denny is the first candidate listed and the only one from Ocean City. Click on “donate” under his picture to view his page and personal story. His goal is to raise $25,000.
“I’m honored they asked me to do it,” the 27-year-old West Ocean City resident said. Denny is not only a photographer, but he also is a sales representative for Coastal Surf Supplies in West Ocean City.
“I’m stoked to raise some money for someone who needs it,” he said.
Visitors can donate, become a sponsor or purchase tickets to the gala on his page.
The competition began March 14 and will conclude May 23. The grand finale celebration gala, where the winner will be announced, will take place May 23, at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, from 7-10 p.m.
Candidates are asked to take auction items to the event and money raised will benefit their campaign.
Denny said he also plans to host an art show and a few other fundraising events in the coming weeks. He will post upcoming event on his Facebook page, “Nick Denny Photography.”
The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families, according to www.lls.org.
LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.