Central High School graduate Jamie Mansy is raising funds for his Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man of the Year campaign, attempting to raise $60,000 by 6 p.m. Saturday.
Trying to become the Washington, D.C., area man of the year, he is finishing a 10-week-long fundraising competition in which candidates raise funds for blood cancer research and awareness as well as help those afflicted with blood cancers to ensure they live better, longer lives.
LLS's continued advancements over the years are responsible for the blood cancer survival rate doubling and tripling. In some cases, the survival rate has even quadrupled, Mansy wrote in an email.
Many LLS-supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers. They're also being tested in clinical trials for patients with a range of cancers including lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. LLS funded drugs like Gleevec, Sprycel, Arinza, Tasigna and Zolinza are being tested for patients with other non-cancerous diseases like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, he wrote.
Donations are tax deductible. For more information, watch Mansy's video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6SzI2ZfPd4. To donate, visit www.mwoy.org/pages/nca/dcmetro13/jmansy. Check donations are also accepted.