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2012 Man & Woman Of The Year Announced At Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Fourth Annual Grand Finale Celebration

Record-Breaking Night in Various Categories

(Austin, Texas)…Twelve Central Texas business leaders finalized their 10-week crusade aimed at spreading the message of hope for victims of blood cancers while raising funds for the South Central Texas Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Two winners of the 2012 Man & Woman of the Year campaign were announced at the Grand Finale celebration on May 4th at The Driskill Hotel, a record-breaking fundraising evening with 350 supporters in attendance.

Angela Helmer won the title of Woman of the Year raising $50,000. San Marcos resident Caleb Warren, merchandiser/buyer for locally-owned Sac N Pac, was named Man of the Year raising an individual record of $76,000 while being the youngest candidate to earn the title at age 25. Of note, Caleb, is himself a young survivor of lymphoma, which instilled a personal passion into his campaign. Runners up in each category were Robin Haley and Brian Henley. All candidates, along with in-kind donations, resulted in a record-breaking campaign totaling $322,000 for LLS in honor of the 2012 South Central Texas Boy and Girl of the Year, Hailey Martinez, age 10, and Andrew Escobedo, age 4, both diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia and currently in remission.

The Man & Woman of the Year campaign is an annual LLS fundraising competition between local community and business leaders held in communities nationwide where every dollar raised counts as one vote.

“I couldn’t be happier with the outcome this year as these dedicated candidates and our giving community broke record after record,” said Gary Thompson, board president of LLS of Central Texas. “Austin’s relentless efforts have raised the bar this year and we look forward to continuing the upward trend.”

To learn more about the competition and the Man & Woman of the Year Campaign, please go to

About the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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 $814 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. LLS has a local Patient Services Manager in 54 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. For additional information, please contact LLS at (800) 955-4572 or visit

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