Jennifer Goins, a program coordinator for Duke Department of Immunology, has been nominated to compete in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2017 Woman of the Year campaign.
Goins hopes to help bring leukemia, a disease to which she lost her two-year-old nephew, to its proper end.
“It is a devastating loss for my sister, her husband and really for our entire family,” said Goins, her eyes welling with tears. “When I was approached with the nomination, I recognized that this is my opportunity to help make sure adequate funding is available to researchers.”
The LLS’s Man & Woman of the Year (MWOY) campaign is a spirited fundraising competition in which nominees compete for the title of Man or Woman of the Year. Participants raise funds for LLS blood cancer research in honor of local children who are blood cancer survivors. The titles are awarded to the man and woman in each community who raises the most funds during the ten-week campaign; the top local fundraisers in the country also win the national titles. To raise funds, participants reach out to their personal and professional networks and also often host fundraisers—uniting their passions with their quest to support The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Goins is dedicating her fundraiser in memory of her nephew, Drew. In fact, she has named her team of dedicated collaborators, “Drew’s Crew.”
One Drew’s Crew member, Sarah Chittenden, a nurse practitioner on 9100, is donating through May 18 all proceeds from her personal Etsy shop, WinxWhimsies.
“I’m passionate about using sustainable materials to handcraft beautiful items, such as quilts, market totes and crib shoes,” said Chittenden, who lost her grandfather to leukemia. “I started sewing a few years ago and it quickly became more than just a hobby. Fundraising for LLS and Jennifer’s campaign is important to me because my life’s work revolves around caring for patients with hematologic malignancies.”
Funds raised through the Man and Woman of The Year Campaign provide for ongoing research nationwide. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society currently funds more than a $1.2 million in research grants at Duke.