This past Friday I had the privilege of attending the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year dinner in Minneapolis.  This program celebrates the tireless work and support provided by the local and national LLS organization as they support the patients and families of patients who are affected by leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.

The Man and Woman of the Year event is a 10 week competition that pits the nominees against each other to raise as much money and awareness as possible for research and support.  This year, over 500 candidates in 54 cities across the United States participated.  The results are celebrated on this night along with celebrating a boy and girl of the year who have gone into remission after being diagnosed with childhood leukemia.  This event raised in excess of $100,000 over the 10 weeks of the competition in addition to the fund raising festivities last Friday night.

At this event, they also recognized the progress made by the amazing research doctors at the Mayo Clinic.  Every year they honor one medical professional who has been instrumental in the care of patients, and the research that continues to get them closer to a cure.

So, why am I telling you this?  Because this is just one of many great organizations world wide that make a difference to people. Not only do they make a difference, they also present a great opportunity to volunteer.  When you volunteer, you can meet community and business leaders to network with, and it also feels good to help those in need.

You didn’t actually think I would go a whole blog without trying to drop in some kind of helpful and meaningful hint did you?

So take some time and find an organization to get involved with that appeals to you, you’ll be glad you did.