John Huber and Lynn Liu were named Man and Woman of the Year for the Knoxville chapter Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the grand finale event this year.
According to chapter campaign manager Lori Friel, 10 candidates and their campaign teams raised $498,000 for blood cancer research and support for local patients. The winners were based solely on fundraising success, she said.
John Huber, principal of Huber Properties, raised $163,028 in memory of his wife, Carrie Moudy Huber, who lost her battle with AML, a type of leukemia, two years ago.
Lynn Liu, an agent with Keller Williams, raised $82,952 in honor of Kyle and Natalie, local children receiving treatment for leukemia at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital who serve as ambassadors for the campaign.
Jenny Pleasant Rhodes of Amgen raised $77,521 and will also be able to link the donation to a research grant in honor or memory of a loved one.
Seven other candidates were: Pam Breland, Guild Mortgage; Jason Dillon, Home Inspection Headquarters; Kristin Farley, WATE-TV; Amber Fawcett, Re/Max Tri Star; Angie Jacoby Merrick, Realty Executives; and Lane Reed, Pilot Flying J.
Dan Goss, managing partner with Downtown Grill & Brewery, was Knoxville’s first all-star candidate, Friel said. This is an alumni candidate who conducts their own campaign with a personal fundraising team. Goss, who ran in 2014, raised $20,000.
“These exceptional volunteers are all passionate and determined individuals, and leaders in their communities. Their hard work and dedication made an incredible difference to the LLS mission,” said Friel.