I recently enlisted. I joined a fight against an enemy every bit as sinister as Nazi Germany, the Viet Cong or Al Qaeda.
In this case, the army I joined is called The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (L&LS) and the enemy is the twin diseases that claimed almost 20,000 lives last year alone. One child out of 79 born will be diagnosed with leukemia at some point in their life.
Children are especially vulnerable to the ravages of leukemia and lymphoma. That's why the special competition I've joined, the Man and Woman of the Year, focuses its fundraising efforts on research and aid to kids already stricken by the diseases. In fact, I recently attended a 'mid-point' fundraising gala in which I had the opportunity to meet some of the “Boys and Girls of the Year'. It was moving, to say the least. (Their touching thank-you notes illustrate this post.)
I'm not permitted to share my precise fundraising goal but, suffice it to say, it's a significant sum. In addition to reaching out to family, friends, clients and passers-by on the streets, we're hosting two special events that, schedule permitting, I'm hoping Repman readers might attend.
The first will be a wine tasting at our brand new offices at 470 Park Avenue South. We'll be sampling some special wines on April 24th at 6:30pm. Here's the link for details.
The second is a stand-up comedy fundraiser at The Broadway Comedy Club on May 2nd. Here's the link for those details. The comedy event will be followed by a live auction in which you'll be able to bid on such items as Kangoo classes with Mario Godiva Green and stand-up comedy training with Clayton 'Bloody' Fletcher and other cool sports and fashion items.
As the LLS people like to say, every penny counts, so I'd really appreciate anything you can do to help me fight the good fight. And if you cannot attend either event, feel free to donate online by clicking on this link to my page on the L&L Society website.
Speaking of which, Humphrey Bogart's signature line in the movie, 'Casablanca', was, “Here's looking at you, kid,” In this instance, I'd like mine to be, 'Here's fighting for you, kid.' But, I need as much ammunition as I can muster, so here's looking at you, kid, if you can help me.