Thursday June 1, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of  Acadiana held it's annual Man and Woman of the Year Gala in Lafayette.  The night is an event to announce the Man and Woman of the Year, to a find out just how much the candidates raised, to raise even more money  with special auctions and to enjoy great food, friendships and learn about blood cancers that take too many of our loved ones.

Melancon Family

This year the Man of the Year award with to Kevin Melancon who most of Acadiana knows from Chick Fil A on Ambassador Caffery, he's worked there for 19 years now.  The delightful young man always greets customers with kind words and a great big smile.  Kevin has Down's Syndrome.  He raised over $70,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Acadiana.  Proving that anyone can do whatever you put your mind to.  The Woman of the Year went to the beautiful Tracy Aucoin.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Of Acadiana

The candidates had 10 weeks to campaign.  It's a very intense campaign for most as it becomes very competitive.

Last year at this time my family had just returned from Florida where our daughter Brittni Clements had been hospitalized for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (APL) High Risk.  Brittni was honored at the event even though she wasn't present.  Dr. Ramesh Kolluru, Vice President for research, innovation and economic development at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, received the honor of Man of the Year 2016.  Dr. Kolluru presented a portion of his earnings to Teambrittni, a fund set up by a wonderful lady named Kelli Guidry and friends to help our family financially during the worst time of our lives.  Dr. Kolluru also saw to it that a grant of $50,000 was set up in Brittni's name to help other families in Acadiana with family members affected by blood diseases.

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This year, Brittni, her mother Deborah and friend Koby attended the gala.  And this year, our amazing and beautiful daughter had a message for cancer and everyone in the room.

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