Less than a year after Tom Hickernell'12 was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia, he is up for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 2013 Man of the Year. Tom underwent chemotherapy (graduating in May via teleconference from his treatment room, as seen in the Jumbotron photo above) then began a research fellowship in orthopedic surgery. He will begin his residency this year. The Man of the Year will be determined by the amount of money raised for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society research and patient support initiatives. (Tom's goal is $100,000 in 10 weeks.)
Only a few decades ago, acute promyelocytic leukemia was almost always fatal, with death soon after diagnosis. "Because of research breakthroughs in the '80s, funded in part by the LLS, I am still alive today," Tom says. "This campaign is one way in which I am trying to give back so that others may live, too." Consider giving to "Team Tom" to support his campaign and to benefit others with the disease. The campaign ends June 6. Learn more at www.GoTeamTom.org.