And, I won the coveted title of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 2011 San Francisco Woman of the Year!
But she had 11 benefactors who gave office supply gift cards, rolls of postage stamps, hand-knitted purple scarves, and checks for printing expenses and fortune cookies with Auntie Lao witticisms. This is what took our humble fan club across the finish line.
We were purely a grassroots volunteer effort from the bottom up. So, ALL our elders are especially proud!
Mark Zafra took the 2011 LLS SF Man of the Year title by contributing over $105,000 for blood cancer research with 22 events in 10 weeks!
Upon reflection, I must acknowledge Lisa Dunn, UCSF Bone Marrow Transplant coordinator, who mentored and nominated me for the task. And always, affectionate kudos to Dr. Babis Andreadis, my personal hero who gave me new life.
As a last note and in the spirit of late night TV, I’d like to leave you with:
The Top 10 Things I Learned from the LLS Woman of the Year:
10. Realize early that more has to be done than picking up the change found off the sidewalk.
9. Standing on the corner of SF’s 19th Avenue and manually waving a “Charity Book Sale” sign is a powerful guerrilla marketing tactic. Training with arm weights – 4 weeks prior is highly recommended.
8. Being compared to Dora the Explorer is a compliment. Smile and wave!
7. Say a prayer every time you double parked in front of 221 Main Street. Apply emergency flashers.
6. Cutie patootie Chinese babies can be photographed in a high-chair up to two consecutive hours max. Be sure there’s something crispy, salty, sweet, and yummy to eat. Pack toys and red envelopes for backup.
5. Per Master Chef Martin Yan, the art of Chinese fundraising begins with a sharp cleaver and asking, “Hey Doc, where’s your wallet?”
4. When in doubt, refer to Tom Klein’s (2010 LLS SF Man of the Year) personal weekly tip sheet.
3. Never, never under-estimate the power of a written letter.
2. You can only go to the “Bank of Dad” – once. Once with Dad and once with Mom.
1. With the LLS Man & Woman of the Year, we’re all winners!
Photos courtesy of Timothy D. Williamson.