Lydia Kulbida has been named Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year
2013 after a ten-week fundraising campaign for The Leukemia and Lymphoma
Society (LLS), the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicating to
funding blood cancer research.
She had between March 1st and May 6th to raise money and awareness for the
cause. Every dollar she raised counted as one vote for her, and all the
donations went towards not only LLS research but patient services, advocacy,
public and professional education, and community services as well.
A.J. Bodden won Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man of the Year. Over $324,00
was raised between all the candidates, and it was a record breaking year. Lydia alone raised $73,000.
Since its founding in 1949, LLS has provided more than $750 million for
research which has resulted in several significant discoveries, including
chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants. One person is diagnosed with a blood
cancer every four minutes in the U.S. Nearly 958,000 Americans are currently
living with blood cancers, including Capital Region men, women and children.