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Talk about BIG goals! My buddy, Dan Cole, has set a huge one for himself. He has set a goal to raise $500,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by June 14. That works out to roughly $8192.72 each day for the next 61 days. (But if American Idol can raise over $22 million last night, maybe Dan’s goal IS reachable!)

I think Dan’s going to need some help. Kay, Kelly, and I are personally pledging $1000 towards Dan’s goal, but that’s just a drop in the bucket. That’s why I’m posting this.

Can you help Dan? Read the following and then go to TwoDegrees.org and join us!

Each person knows someone dealing with the devastating affects of cancer. Did you know?

•    More than three quarters of a million American are currently living with blood cancers.
•    Leukemia is the leading cause of death among children under the age of 20.
•    Every five minutes someone is diagnosed. More than 114,500 new cases are expected this year.
•    Leukemia and lymphoma are the leading fatal cancers in young men under 35.
•    The rate of lymphoma in women under 45 has been increasing steadily in the last few years.

Nearly every American has seen the debilitating effects that cancer can have on the afflicted and on the friends and family who care for and nurture their afflicted loved ones.

But the future bodes hope. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) continues to make great strides in research to fight cancer.  A cure is just around the corner. We can make a difference.

As part of the Man & Woman of the Year Campaign for the LLS, some 20 individuals joined together as Two Degrees of Difference to raise money for the cure of cancer.  Dan Cole, our Man of the Year candidate for the National Capital Area Chapter, leads our campaign, but each team member reaches out within their own two-degree connections to fundraise and find a cure together.

The LLS campaign runs April 10-June 14. Two Degrees of Difference aims to raise the most money ever in the 18-year history of the campaign. We invite you to join us and make a difference in the cure for cancer.

For more information on Two Degrees of Difference and why each team member is involved in this campaign, visit the team’s website, www.twodegrees.org and check out the team member stories. Have your own story to tell?  Post it on our website as well.