The other day, I came across a fascinating article describing some of the cancer research done by scientists at North Carolina State University. Because of the similarities in the canine and human genomes, researchers have been able to compare the genetic material of a dog with non-Hodgkins lymphoma to the genetic material of a human with the same disease. In doing so, they’ve been able to pinpoint some of the possible causes of the disease. “In essence, we’ve stripped the background noise from the human disease,” says Dr. Matthew Breen, one of the doctors heading up the study.
Such research wouldn’t be possible without the fundraising efforts of organizations like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), one of the driving forces in financing cancer research. In addition to the sporadic donations it receives throughout the year, LLS generates much of its yearly contributions through the Man and Woman of the Year campaign, where a group of energetic and goal-oriented individuals engage in a friendly competition to see who can raise the most money for blood cancer research.
This year, our very own Jim Franklyn was nominated for Man of the Year for the Georgia chapter of LLS. Known for his charismatic and dynamic personality, Jim is a natural choice for the competition. Everyone here at InkHead is extremely proud of Jim and are rooting for him.
Having lost 12 family members to the disease, this race is especially personal for Jim. Commenting on his nomination, Jim said “It took all of five seconds for tears to come to my eyes, and say ‘Yes, I am running, and I will run with a vengeance.'” Jim has started his campaign by speaking with Karen Allen, a TV talk show host here in Winder, GA. Watch the video below.
He has also spoken with the folks over at PPB Magazine about his campaign. You can read that article at http://www.ppbmag.com/Article.aspx?id=6777.
In our effort to help Jim on his mission to raise $50,000 in contributions, InkHead is donating up to 5% of its sales in April to his campaign, and many of the employees have made direct donations. We have also reached out to some our most important business partners to ask for either monetary donations or prizes for the silent auction that coincides with the gala event to close the competition on June 4th.
Many thanks to Broder, Hit, Prime Line, Lanco, Hub Pen, Huffermen, Admints, SnugZ and Evans for donating part of their April sales to the cause and to SanMar for donating an Ogio golf bag and $50 gift certificate. Employees from Bag Makers and Aakron Rule also have made direct donations to the cause.
Stay tuned to the blog, as I will be sure to post any updates I receive from Jim about his campaign, which lasts until June 4.
Together, we can assist Jim and the rest of the candidates for Man and Woman of the Year raise money for blood cancer research. Make a donation today and help make a difference in the lives of those suffering from leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood cancers.
Every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer, and every 10 minutes someone dies from one. Chances are that someone in your life has had to deal with the disease either directly or indirectly.
Studies like those performed at North Carolina State University are funded in part by donations made to organizations such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. And thanks to our continued support, the life expectancy of those living with these blood cancers has improved tremendously since the founding of LLS.
Although Jim will receive extensive recognition if he wins the competition, he’s not in it for the accolades. “There is no glory in this. Only the hope we can make a difference.”
If you would like to share your story or words of encouragement with Jim as he embarks on this journey, feel free to phone him at 800-554-0127, x809.