14 Compete for LLS ‘Man & Woman of the Year’ Award

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Who’s tops?

Fourteen Palm Beach-area candidates are vying for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2013 “Man & Woman of the Year” title. Winners will be announced at the Kravis Center on June 14, 2013.

The campaign this year honors two young and courageous survivors of acute lymphoid leukemia: Jennifer, age 16, of Port St. Lucie, and Sebastian, age 9, of Boynton Beach.

LLS 2013 Man of the Year CandidatesJennifer is finishing her junior year of high school and is touring colleges. Sebastian is nearing the end of his treatment and is back at school. He enjoys reading and playing with his friends and brothers.

The “Man & Woman of the Year” fund raising competition marks its 20th anniversary in 2013, with every dollar counted as one vote.

Stephanie Mitrione and David Schultz led the nominating committee in identifying motivated candidates.

This year’s candidates – many of whom have been touched by blood cancer – are: Julie McBowman, David Siegel and Karen Holloway (bottom row of photo); Lee Levenson, Jr., Jane Garcia-Deale and Chris Keller (second row); Teresa Dabrowski, Eric Inge and Lisa Garner (third row); Zachary Willis, Stacey Mikel and Phil Williams (fourth row); and Victor Concepcion (top). Not pictured: Jennifer Sanchez.

Proceeds of the competition benefit LLS’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. In 1960, a child with leukemia had a 4 percent chance of survival; today the survival rate is 85 percent. Despite the increase in survival rates, the number of leukemia patients has almost doubled and the number of lymphoma patients has tripled since 1975.

For more information, call Nancy Klein at (561) 616-8682 or e-mail

Photo by Bob Dobens Photography.

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