Carmel, IN—May 16, 2011—Indy Homes Team leader Kristie Smith was awarded the title “Woman of the Year” Saturday by the Indiana chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Smith, vying with eight other candidates, raised more than $60,000 over a nine-week period to best her four female competitors. Scott Shepherd of ExactTarget was named Man of the Year. In total, the nine candidates raised more than $280,000 for LLS.
“I am incredibly honored to have earned this distinction from the Leukemia Society,” said Smith. “But more importantly, I am grateful to have participated with my eight counterparts to raise so much money for such a deserving cause. Many thanks to all of my generous donors, as well as my wonderful sponsors!”
The funds raised by Man and Woman of the Year participants 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
Smith now advances to the national LLS Woman of the Year competition, in which she’ll compete with local winners from all over the U.S. for the national Woman of the Year title.
To nominate a candidate for the 2012 Man & Woman of the Year campaign or to learn more, visit www.mwoy.org/indy.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, headquartered in White Plains, NY, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $750 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. LLS has a local Patient Services Manager in 64 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. For additional information, please contact LLS at (800) 955-4572 or visit www.LLS.org.