Saturday, June 2 will be a big night in Charlotte when 16 candidates come together for the
annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Man & Woman of the Year celebration. As you may know, our very own Tyler Hammock is running in this year’s Woman of the Year campaign.
Her involvement in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society started when Dentistry of the Carolinas’ partnered with the LLS Moms in Training program two years ago. Dentistry of the Carolinas’ staff raised money through various in-office fundraisers and participated in the Race for the Taste in Charlotte with Moms in Training. Shortly after signing up to partner for a second year, we learned that one of our DOC staff member’s daughters – Paige – was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma (ALL).
“When a person hears the words ‘You have cancer,’ it can be one of the darkest times in their life. I believe that no one should face that scary battle alone,” said Tyler who serves chief operating officer of DOC. “So when I was approached about running for Woman of the Year, I couldn’t say no.”
What Is Man & Woman of the Year?
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. 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. Tyler’s goal is to raise $100,000 for the mission of LLS.
Funds raised through Man & Woman of the Year support:
• NEW DRUGS LEADING TO CURES. Last year alone, the FDA approved a record-breaking 18 new blood cancer drugs. 15 of those were funded by LLS at some point in their development
• FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR LOCAL PATIENTS. In 2017, LLS gave 753 North Carolina patients over $1.9 Million in co-pay and travel assistance
• A WORLD WITHOUT CANCER. PERIOD. Many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients, but are also now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers and are in clinical trials for patients with lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers.
Tyler’s twins, George and Catherine, are supporting their mom by helping raise funds with a goal of $5,000. Knowing this would be a big deal, Dr. Clark Hammock (Tyler’s husband) agreed to join in the effort and help raise $5,000. If the twins raise $5,000, Dr. Hammock has agreed to let them shave his head. We all know what a feat this will be for him to lose his crowning glory.
For more information about Tyler’s Tribe Saves Lives, visit http://pages.mwoy.org/nc/clt18/thammock