Why Chad is MAD

Every 10 minutes someone dies from blood cancers. An estimated 54,630 people are expected to die from these illnesses this year alone. These aren't just statistics to Chad; they're experiences that hit close to home. He's seen college friends hope to have their parents around for their weddings. He's seen parents hoping to live to see their children grow up. He saw his aunt win her fight against cancer, and he wants to replicate that victory for everyone affected by blood cancers. This isn't just about wearing shirts or bracelets; it's about physically changing the landscape of cancer: one dollar at a time, one life at a time.

Why Are You MAD?

  • I'm MAD because I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia just before my 12th birthday. I'm MAD because I'm still left with many physical and emotional scars from my battle with cancer. I'm MAD because I want my job at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to one day be unnecessary.

    Stacey Moser
  • I'm MAD because my family has been riddled with several types of cancer. I'm MAD because my mom, a single mother and my best friend, has been fighting kidney cancer and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma for the past 10 years. I'm MAD because every day I fight, pray and hope that one day there will be a cure.

    Katie Baer
  • I'm MAD because when I was younger I overheard conversations between my mom and dad planning for his potential death from Leukemia. I'm MAD because education about treatment options, particularly Gleevac in my dad's case, is tremendously important. I'm MAD because after 13 years of treatment my dad is still going strong.

    Frank Bagliore
  • I'm MAD because Rituxan, the main chemotherapy drug my dad was treated with, was only FDA approved in 1997, in large part because of the money raised and advocated by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I'm MAD because before Rituxan's inception, less than one-third of people diagnosed with B-cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma survived for five years after diagnosis. I'm MAD because I want to one day live in a cancer-free world.

    Jonathan Vogelman
  • I'm MAD because I've lost too many loved ones to cancer. I'm MAD because some loved ones have survived thanks to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-funded research. I'm MAD because I want them all to survive.

    Manu Nathan


Every time you engage with the campaign (post a picture, make a donation, or share a post) and use the hashtag #MadWithChad you’ll be entered for a chance to win a prize throughout the campaign!

About the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest national voluntary health organization dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and to improving the quality of life of patients and families. It is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Drugs and procedures funded by LLS also help treat other cancers including brain, breast, head-and-neck, lung, pancreatic, and prostate cancers, and patients with other diseases including Alzheimer's, asthma and pulmonary hypertension.

About Man of the Year

The LLS Man & Woman of the Year is a unique national campaign that focuses on raising funds for the fight against blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Hundreds of men and women in 61 chapters across America vie for the title each year in a 10-week fundraising competition. Candidates compete for the most votes in male and female categories; one vote equals $1. The Man & Woman of the Year campaign has raised over $100 million, and in 2013, 781 candidates across the country raised $22.9 million making it the most successful year to date. Fundraising takes place from March 27th, 2014 through June 5, 2014.