LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Founded in 1949, they are relentless in pursuit of their mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

The Man & Woman (& Students) of the Year competition began in 1990 in the Northern California Chapter. The first event was held in remembrance of John Spencer, a valued Hastings Department Store employee who died of leukemia at the age of 39. It was in John’s memory that Hastings began supporting LLS. Since then, more and more chapters have added the Man & Woman (& Students) of the Year campaign. In 2011 candidates collectively raised more than $14.6 million for blood cancer research and patient services.

Kris’ Man of the Year campaign goal is to raise $60,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The funds we raise will be used for:
– Lifesaving blood cancer research
– Financial assistance to cover patient expenses for transportation, medication and testing
– Free educational materials and events for patients and their families
– Local programs such as Family Support Groups and First Connection, a peer-to-peer counseling program
– Comprehensive, personalized assistance through our Information Resource Center