To raise over $125,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society before June 13th!

Our Man of the Year Candidate, Hank Minitrez!

I have the humbling honor of having been nominated as a candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign. I am very excited about this honor and truly feel this is my opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people affected by leukemia, lymphoma and blood cancers throughout our community.

This cause hits home for me in so many ways, the least of which was the death of my own grandmother, Bessie Lenora Reaves, who was one of the most influential and loving people in my life. Cancer took her from me much too soon. Imagine what could have been done back then with today's advances in medicine. She might still be here with us today, able to have witnessed the birth of my daughter Lyndy and enjoy moments with her great-granddaughter. I miss my Grandma so very much, which is why I'm dedicating this campaign to her.

I'm also dedicating this fundraiser to my close friend from high school, Ms. Joanna Dunn, a Leukemia survivor. Joanna is the epitome of grace, beauty and strength inspires me to no end. Back in High School, she was a beautiful cheerleader, popular and had everything going for her. Years later, she was diagnosed with AML Leukemia. Thanks to the kind of research and treatments LLS has helped discover, Joanna has been in remission for the last five years. She serves as a living testament to the importance of continued research and patient services. It's people like her I'm fighting for!

I ask that you join me and my team, "Team Triple H: With Help and Hope, we can Hammer out Blood Cancers," by making a contribution to my fundraising campaign. Each dollar we raise counts as one vote and the candidate who gets the most donations is named our local Man or Woman of the Year at the Grand Finale Gala on June 13 held at The Ritz-Carlton.

But truly, this is not about me, nor do I want it to be. It's about the thousands everyday who suffer from blood cancers.

In addition to my grandmother and Joanna, I am raising money in honor of two local patient heroes pictured with me, Allesandro and Megan, The Boy & Girl of the Year. With your help, I truly hope to make blood cancers a thing of the past.

Blood cancers are the leading cause of cancer deaths among young people 20 and younger. Those who know me know I firmly believe my life's calling is to help young children, teens and young adults through the martial arts. I have personally seen a family deal with a cancer death and it broke my heart, just shattered it. But I along with TigerDen Martial Arts pitched in to help the family, which was more rewarding than can be described.

I dread the day a parent comes to me and says, "Johnny can't practice anymore...he's going to die." I hope to aid in the fight against blood cancers so that day never comes.

All donations are greatly appreciated. Your donation is tax deductible and will support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society programs, including research, patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services.

To follow my progress, I’ll post information on my sponsor’s website, www.gotigerden.com

For more information about the campaign click here. For more information on LLS, please visit www.lls.org

1. LLS's Mission: find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients & their families.

2. Leukemia causes more deaths in children than any other cancer in children under the age of 20.


4. TO DONATE, GO TO: www.nca.llsevent.org/hminitrez