Jeff O’Brien, attorney with the Minneapolis law firm of Lommen Abdo and a resident of Albertville, has accepted a nomination for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Man of the Year” for 2016.
During a spirited 10-week fundraising period beginning with a kickoff celebration March 10, 2016, the candidates across the country will compete in honor of a local boy or girl who is a blood cancer survivor to raise the most funds for a world without blood cancers. Candidates and their campaign teams are judged on their success in raising money, each dollar counting as one vote. Their totals are then considered for the national title. Candidates in each chapter vie for the local title, and the highest fundraisers nationally earn the title of National Man & Woman of the Year. The national titles awarded to the top fundraisers in the country will be announced later in the summer of 2016.
O’Brien, a Lommen Abdo shareholder and board member who practices in the areas of business and real estate law, is competing not just for the Boy & Girl of the Year, but for his close friend, client and childhood hero, former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tommy Kramer. Tommy’s daughter, Cassie, is recovering from a second bout with anaplastic large cell lymphoma. For the past three years he has been involved in assisting Kramer organize a charity golf event to raise funds for leukemia and lymphoma research and sees running for Man of the Year as complementing that effort.
“Too often people focus on how ‘treatable’ blood cancers are,” said O’Brien. “Unfortunately, treatability does not guarantee survival. We need organizations such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to fund research into a cure.”
For more information or to donate to Jeff’s campaign (donations are accepting starting on March 10) please visit his fundraising page at http://www.mwoy.org/pages/mn/MN16/jobrien.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, New York, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. The Minnesota Chapter serves Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.