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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Help A Roosevelt Islander Fight Blood Cancer Disease - Join Team Abe's Leukemia And Lymphoma Society's Man And Woman Of The Year Campaign

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) is conducting a Man and Woman of The Year Campaign

to raise funds for:

  • Lifesaving blood cancer research
  • Financial assistance to cover patient expenses for transportation, medication and testing
  • Free educational materials and events for patients and their families
  • Local programs such as Family Support Groups and First Connection, a peer-to-peer counseling program
  • Comprehensive, personalized assistance through our Information Resource Center
According to the LLS:
Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic, passionate candidates are nominated to compete for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year titles and to raise funds for blood cancer research....
Former Roosevelt Island resident Abe Hassan is one of the 2013 New York City LLS Man & Woman of the Year Candidates.  Mr. Hassan writes:
I had been a Roosevelt Island resident for 20 year. I am part of the generation that saw the development of RI from the construction of PS 217 to the new buildings by the tram. My family and I lived in 4 River Road initially then we moved to 560 then 580. I briefly lived in 510 before we once again settled in 556 then we moved off the island in 2008 (I currently live in Harlem).

I am part of a nation wide fundraising campaign with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ( that lasts for 10 weeks. Its called Man & Woman of the Year.

I am currently competing against 16 other men and women for the title here in the NYC chapter.

I got involved with LLS originally through Team In Training back in 2008 when my mother was diagnosed with Liver cancer. Team in Training gave us an opportunity to compete in a triathlon be it your first time or season veteran. Its also a great place to meet someone if you are single.

Since 2009 I have raised a total of about $20,000. Money that goes towards research and research equipment for a cure for blood cancers.
and on April 23 made this birthday video.

If you would like to help Abe in his LLS Man & Woman of the Year campaign please click here for more information.

Roosevelt Island resident Lynn Shinozaki was a good friend of Abe's mom.

Ms. Shinozaki adds:
Victoria and I were single Moms who struggled to take care of our kids on Roosevelt Island.. her children Abe and Felicia babysat my kids so I could work... She called and came and sat by my bedside many days when I was extremely Ill... Then about 4 years ago she was diagnosed with cancer... I went with her to her doctor appointments because she trusted me and I was very honored... I miss my friend.

Please help me help Abe to honor her!
Learn more at Team Abe.


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