Blood-cancer group expands

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C.  — The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has formed a Raleigh-based Eastern North Carolina chapter and named an executive director.

The chapter, formerly a branch office of what had been a Charlotte-based statewide chapter, is doubling its staff to 12 and nearly doubling its budget to $2.2 million, says Robin Boettcher, the new executive director.

One of 63 U.S. chapters of the national group, based in White Plains, N.Y., the organization raises money to fund blood-cancer research and provides education and services for patients and their families.

Its main fundraising effort, which is known as Team in Training and raised just over $1 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, recruits and trains people to compete in marathons, triathalons and cycling events, says Boettcher, former chief of staff and executive director of communications at Peace College.

In June, for example, chapter marathoners competed in Anchorage and Maui, with the chapter coordinating and underwriting their travel.

The chapter, with a satellite office in Wilmington,

also will sponsor Light the Night walks there and in Raleigh and Research Triangle Park in  September, and plans to expand the event to other cities next year.

It also raises more than $200,000 from a “dream home” at the Parade of Homes each October sponsored by New Homes & Ideas magazine in Raleigh.

This year, a $2.1 million home being built in Chatham County has generated contributions of $50,000 each from Bost Custom Homes in Cary and Chatham Development Group in Durham, plus additional donations from Bost’s vendors.

The chapter also will sponsor its 4th annual Barry Sanders Golf Tournament Oct. 6 at River Ridge Golf Course in Raleigh.

And it raised $53,000 in a spring Man and Woman of the Year fundraising competition won by Don Holzworth, CEO of the Constella Group in Durham, and Brenda Levine, human resources director for EMC Corp. in Research Triangle Park.

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