MAN AND WOMAN OF THE YEAR IS CANADA'S ONLY PHILANTHROPIC COMPETITION FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS
Man & Woman of the Year is a philanthropic competition to support blood cancer research among a group of motivated and dedicated individuals in communities across the United States, and 2020 marked the second edition of the campaign in Canada. Candidates formed powerful fundraising teams and compete in honour of local blood cancer survivors.
The man and woman who have raised the most funds during the nine-week campaign were awarded the prestigious title of Man or Woman of the Year in their community.
The man and woman who have raised the most across the Canada will be recognized as the National Man & Woman of the year.
Would you, or someone you know, like to participate in the 2021 edition? Nominate a candidate today!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2020 MAN AND WOMAN OF THE YEAR!
After weeks of competition amongst 13 incredible community leaders, candidates collectively raised over $280,000 in support of Canadians affected by blood cancers.
This year’s National winners are both candidates from Montreal: Woman of the Year winner, Alessandra Tropeano (Air Canada), raised over $51,000 and Man of the Year winner, Riccardo Zerbino (Baker Tilly), raised over $43,000.
We would like to thank all candidates for their steadfast commitment to improving outcomes of individuals and families affected by blood cancers in participating during this particularly challenging year.
This celebration officially marks the beginning of the fundraising period.
THE MID POINT EVENT
At the halfway mark, candidates come together to acknowledge and celebrate the progress already made and re-energize to focus on goals ahead.
The announcement of the Man & Woman of the Year winners is a celebration of all the candidates efforts as a collective class. Surrounded by team members and friends, they enjoy food, cocktails, music and an outstanding auction.
The Boy Of The Year
Nolan was born a healthy 7 pounds 9 ounces of December 2nd 2010. He was our third special bundle of joy. We had a 4 year old daughter and a 2 year old son.
Our family was complete. We were ready for all the action a third child could bring. Boy we were wrong. Nolan was diagnosed on October 11th 2011 with AML (acute Myeloid Leukemia) at the tender age of 10 months. Which is very rare for his age.
We were admitted right away and his treatments began within days. Our heads were spinning and we were in full panic mode. But there was no other option for us. We were going to fight; fight for his life and our family.
Nolan suffered through 3 rounds of chemotherapy from October to February.
He relapsed the weekend we were released from the hospital in February of 2012.
A special radiation program was then put in place, as Nolan's cancer was stuck in his skin. Nolan underwent 2 weeks of radiation and a bone marrow transplant on May 3rd 2012 (from my older son's umbilical cord blood).
Nolan was released from the hospital late June of 2012.
Today he is in remission!!!
Nolan has several side effects from the toxic treatments such as: abnormal bone growth, cataract, dental and growth delays and other issues....
But he is healthy (ish). He is active and enjoys all the same things a typical 9 year old does. Soccer, videogames and watching movies.
Nolan never asks why him? He never pitied himself. He just lives with it and fights it every day. We look forward to the day when cancer is a word of the past.
Thank you to all of the Montreal 2020 Man & Woman of the Year candidates. You are all local heros and with the funds raised from this campaign you will bring us closer to a cure to ensure that no family or child, should have to go through what we endured.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
Stephanie (Nolan's mom)