The 2016 Man & Woman of the Year (MWOY) had another incredible year of fundraising and raising awareness of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in North Texas. Dr. Brian Berryman was named the Man of the Year after he raised $100,128.50 and Loan Huynh was named Woman of the Year after she raised $69,134.15. The eight MWOY candidates raised $422,493.59 during the ten-week campaign.
MWOY Chair Kim Alexander reflects on the campaign and looks ahead to the future of the campaign in North Texas.
Describe what the 10 week campaign was like for the North Texas candidates.
I think it's safe to say the actual 10 weeks of campaigning, for the candidates, was a whirlwind! It goes by fast! It takes a lot of teamwork to make a big impact. By the end of the campaign they have a whole new appreciation for the people who get onboard to support their efforts.
What is your takeaway as the event chair?
My takeaway as the event chair is that anyone who steps up to the plate to compete for this honor is simply remarkable. Whether they are a blood cancer survivor themselves, the family member of someone diagnosed with a blood cancer or someone who supports the cause, this is a great way to get involved. I'm proud to be associated with the candidates!
What do you think the candidates did that made it such a successful campaign?
I think what helped make the campaign a success is the fact that the candidates heard the MWOY committee when we said to plan ahead so they could hit the ground running on the actual day that fundraising began. They were taking advantage of every fundraising moment, including events the week of the Grand Finale. That's impressive!
If somebody is on the fence about nominating a friend, what would you tell them?
If they're going to nominate a friend, also be on board to help them. Candidates need the support of others to be most successful. Even if it comes in the simplest form, like saying, "Hey you're doing a great job, keep going!" It helps and it's a rewarding event to be a part of in any fashion.
If you are interested in learning more about the campaign or would like to nominate a candidate, please visit www.mwoy.org/ntx. Stand by for several exciting announcements about the 2017 MWOY campaign.