Independent Sales Associate Jeff Anderson, from the Jeff and Geoff Team of Coldwell Banker Roseville, has won the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year award and we couldn’t be prouder!
When asked about his big win, Jeff described it as simply, “Crazy. It’s almost unreal when they announce your name.”
This is Jeff’s first time competing for the award and through hard work and dedication, he received donations from various organizations and supporters of the cause who share the same goal as he does – to put an end to childhood cancer.
The Man & Woman of the Year campaign is one of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual fundraising efforts which raises thousands of dollars for cancer research, education and patient services. Jeff was part of the 10-week competition from March 31 to June 9, in which various men and women in the Sacramento area competed for the coveted titles through a variety of fundraising efforts. The man and woman who raised the most funds during this period were awarded the title of LLS Man of the Year and LLS Woman of the Year.
Competing for this award was an extremely important task for Jeff, who has personally experienced the heartbreaking effects of losing a loved one to cancer.
Jeff’s older brother Tommy was only 11 when he was thought to have gotten the common cold. But this `was no ordinary cold. When his parents realized that the cold was not going away, they reached out to medical experts and soon realized that their son was infected with something much more frightening than a silly cold. Tommy had cancer.
As much as Tommy and his family tried to live out their normal everyday lives, the disease was steadily creeping on. During that time, cancer treatments were extremely limited and although Tommy received regular medical care, his disease was considered incurable. He lost his battle to cancer at age 12.
“I competed for this award for my brother Tommy. When he was diagnosed, they didn’t have a treatment. Now with the same disease, kids are surviving at a 90% success rate and I want to do everything possible to make sure kids receive the necessary treatments to win their battle with cancer,” Jeff says.
Jeff and his team of two real estate agents and two Team for Tomorrow employees hosted various events in the Sacramento area to help support the cause. Some of the major events they organized were a 1920’s dance party, super hero 5K run, masquerade ball, rare comic book auction and a restaurants donation day where local restaurants donated part of their profits to Jeff’s campaign.
But he isn’t stopping there. Now that he has the title under his belt, Jeff is hoping that this win will let people know that he is someone that takes the cancer fighting battle seriously. He plans to host future fundraising events for LLS, and hopes that people will stand alongside him in this worthy fight.