Our Man of the Year Candidate

Cody Canavan

A message from Cody Canavan

Fighting blood cancer is a very important cause to me. In July of 2017, after just starting my third year of medical school, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. In the blink of an eye, I went from learning how to treat patients to becoming a patient myself. Over the next four months my treatment included surgery, procedures, three rounds of chemotherapy, and radiation. After remission, I received a bone marrow transplant with my father as the donor. I am happy to say that two years removed from the transplant, I am doing well and preparing to re-enter medical school.

My life has been forever changed from this experience. I understand what it is like to be in that hospital bed. To fight daily against the side effects of chemotherapy. Having beaten leukemia, I have decided to dedicate my medical career to treating blood cancer. I believe that my experience will allow me to provide even better care for my future patients.

The Man of the Year Campaign is another chance for me to give back to the cause that has become so dear to me. It gives me the chance to make a difference in the lives of blood cancer patients who are very much like myself. Please support me in my efforts to support the thousands of individuals fighting their own battle against blood cancer. No donation is too small. Thank you in advance for your support of my Man of the Year Campaign and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

I may have won my battle against leukemia, but my fight against blood cancer is just beginning!

Man & Woman of the Year is philanthropic competition to support blood cancer research among a group of motivated and dedicated individuals in communities across the United States. Candidates form powerful fundraising teams and compete in honor of two local children who are blood cancer survivors.

The man and woman who have raised the most funds during the ten-week campaign are awarded the prestigious title of Man or Woman of the Year in their community. The man and woman who have raised the most across the entire US will be recognized as the national Man & Woman of the year.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is a global leader in the fight against 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.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all monetary donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by tax laws. Please check with your financial advisor if you have more questions.