Fairfax City resident Eric Grossman has been named the 2019 Man of the Year for the National Capital Area’s chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Vying towards 23 other people, he raised the maximum cash of the male applicants at some point in a ten-week fundraising marketing campaign.
As a result, he and the LLS Woman of the Year, Jessica Burgess of Annapolis, Md., were commemorated June 1 at a grand-finale gala at The Anthem in Washington, D.C. They acquired glass statuettes and could have their names related to an LLS-funded studies portfolio related to groundbreaking, modern, blood-cancer breakthroughs.
#“My grandparents, who are now not with us, long in the past imparted the understanding that – whilst it’s excellent to do well – it’s far imperative to do exact,” said Grossman. “Supporting an organization as impactful as LLS is certainly what it way to do exactly. These first-rate folks are going to cure – are curing – blood cancers.”
#FROM MARCH 20 THROUGH JUNE 1, all 24 candidates raised cash in honor of this 12 months’ Boy & Girl of the Year, leukemia survivors Grant and Lucia. LLS Senior Campaign Manager Allie Krafft stated they have been chosen due to the fact “They are assets of suggestion for their advantageous attitudes and determination to never surrender.”
#Beth Gorman, Executive Director of the National Capital Area chapter, additionally praised the “extraordinary women and men who participated inside the campaign and help us make strides in remedies for blood cancers. These 24 candidates are actual champions of the LLS project.”
#Grossman, a lawyer and companion at DLA Piper LLP in Reston, become inspired to get worried after being nominated with the aid of his pal, Erika Chambers, who’d formerly participated in the competition. And, stated Krafft, “He also has, younger boys and desired to set a terrific instance for them.”
#He raised $517,078 via his corporate connections and private donations. “He additionally introduced in some large-ticket, auction objects for our grand-finale gala,” said Krafft. “People could raise money until nine p.M. That night time.” Noting that eighty-two other LLS chapters additionally do this marketing campaign, she stated Grossman is now in the strolling for the LLS country wide Man of the Year.
#“The cash is going toward investment studies, together with for pediatric cancers,” stated LLS Marketing Manager Jasmine Clay. “We additionally do affect person advocacy and make sure sufferers are capable of getting the services they want.”
#Grossman’s fundraising web page will live open for contributions till June 30. To donate, visit www.Mwoy.Org/nca and click on candidates after which his name. Proud of his efforts, Krafft referred to as the “great. We are so grateful; he left no stone unturned and in reality placed his all into this.”
#“I had been very fortunate to construct a relied on a relationship with many successful groups and entrepreneurs, over the past decade, as a corporate accomplice at DLA Piper,” explained Grossman. “That network of beneficial souls did not need plenty convincing to step up and make a contribution in a big way due to the fact they knew this became critical to me, and I wouldn’t have asked, otherwise. And extra importantly, they knew LLS became a game-changing employer serving patients and households in need in our community and past and that their contributions might truly make a distinction.”
#In his recognition speech, he said, “This is certainly a humbling and incredible honor.” Then, acknowledging all of the others who competed, Grossman stated, “You realize, the LLS team advertises this as a ten-week sprint. But they fail to say the 4 months they make you prepare before you even get in the starting blocks, so I understand what you’ve got given of yourselves, and we might all agree it’s miles well-worth it.”
#He expressed appreciation to campaign leaders John Brookbank and Evelyn Akers for his or her leadership and guide, as well as all of the LLS personnel members. And he recognized Grant and Lucia and to their households “for being an everyday reminder during this marketing campaign of just how vital this project is.”
#GROSSMAN next thanked his group, Blood, Sweat & Tears, for becoming a member of his fundraising efforts. Members blanketed his brother Lanny; his sons, Ethan and Alex; his girlfriend Desire Termine; and his dad and mom. “I changed into blessed to be supported by way of actual masses of different humans and corporations along the way,” he said.
#“Taking in this task changed into about residing as much as the values my circle of relatives modeled for me,” endured Grossman. “Both of my parents, my brother or even my youngsters – at best 12 and 14 – have routinely and meaningfully given of themselves for the ones in want.”
#Furthermore, he stated, “If we will maintain up the wonderful, collective attempt embodied on this campaign and finale gala, perhaps faster rather than later, we are able to make the LLS Man and Woman of the Year marketing campaign obsolete and all simply get together once a 12 months for a pleasing party with the money LLS has left over.”
#The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the sector’s largest voluntary fitness company committed to blood most cancers. For greater statistics, visit www.LLS.Org.