May Gift of Love - The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Dear Friends at CTK,

I am honored to be a candidate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2021 Man & Woman of the Year fundraising campaign. This is a unique opportunity to unite family, friends, and philanthropic companies to find cures for blood cancers and assist patients and families as they battle these diseases. From March 11- May 21, my team, “Delores’s Dynamos” aims to raise $50,000. If we reach this goal, a research grant in memory of my mother, Delores Sommers, will be established!  I am writing today to ask for your support!   MY MOTIVATION Like many of you, I have witnessed first-hand the effects of cancer on its victims and their families.

My mother, Delores, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in the Spring of 2010. The next two years she made many trips to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and underwent multiple chemotherapy and radiation treatments. She stayed active and amazingly positive throughout the process. On May 18, 2012, my mom lost her battle with AML. I will always treasure my last moments with her, holding her hand and singing hymns to her as she passed away.   Six months later, my father, Roger, started having serious health problems. His diagnosis was elusive for a few weeks.  On November 27, 2012, my brothers and I were with him when he learned he had mesothelioma. Three days later, my siblings and I were by his side as he passed. I wanted so much more time with my parents and for them to meet all of my children and watch them grow.   

ABOUT LLS This is an organization that is making an impact with the dollars it raises, and I’m proud to be associated with LLS.

· Since Jan. 2017, LLS helped advance 55 of the 65 blood cancer treatment options approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. To give you a sense of how extraordinary this is, a good year for FDA approvals would have included two to three new treatment options.

· LLS’s blood cancer research is leading the way for breakthroughs in other cancers and diseases, such as bone, brain, prostate, ovarian and breast cancers, melanoma, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. 

  Your contribution to the May GOL in any amount will be greatly appreciated. Every dollar counts! All donations to this campaign need to be in by May 21st! You can send in a check to CTK or you can find info & donate: https://pages.lls.org/mwoy/mn/MN21/ctillotson. You can also mail a check to 11101 Goodrich Circle, Bloomington, MN 55437. Please make checks out to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and list my name in the memo line. I thank you in advance for supporting this incredible need. I’ll keep you posted on how the campaign goes. For now, I am grateful for your support!  

Sincerely, Carolyn Sommers Tillotson 2021 Woman of the Year Candidate