woman of the year, 8 mar- 20 may 2011
superheroes for a cure

Aloha Friends and Family!


I have volunteered to run for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society(LLS) 2011 Woman of the Year.  As a Woman of Year Candidate I am asking for your financial support. Every dollar I raise is a vote for my campaign and more importantly, a vote to help LLS achieve its mission- to cure leukemia, lymphoma Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the lives of patients and their families.  Heroes sometimes wear capes and fly, but sometimes they look like ordinary people who help in extraordinary ways.  What better way to honor the heroic actions of those battling cancer than to join the crusade!


I will have just 10 short weeks, 08 March to 20 May, to reach my goal of $50,000 and need your help!  Attached are a number of fun ways you can get involved and donate while having a great time, you can even host your own event to help the cause.  I got involved in this campaign after it became personal.  Here are some of my heroes:


Carol Colin who came up with the name Superheroes for a Cure.  She has raised over $40,000 in honor of her grandmother, Mary Ruth Hart Thorn, who recently ended her battle with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL).


Nathan Hedden, who after completing the Honolulu Marathon, started to feel bad and never got better. After losing his appendix and being treated for different things for 8 months, Nate was diagnosed with a rare form of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A year later he was released from the hospital weighing 148 pounds down from his original 210.  After 5 more rounds of chemo, Nate is now in remission.  Nate has undergone stem cell transplant and is taking an experimental drug once a week to keep the cancer from coming back. He is living large and says “go Superheroes and let’s kick some cancer butt.”


Sheldon Plentovich, a professional kite boarder and PhD, has overcome acute myelogenous leukemia twice.  Both times her dentist found the cancer.  Sheldon remains active in the community, rock climbing, and in yoga.


Each of these people has touched my lfe but the list doesn’t stop there! Each day I talk about LLS I learn of another life touched by a blood cancer and for them, please support the organization that helped save their lives. 


I invite you to visit the campaign website superheroesforacure.com to learn more about the campaign and the work of LLS.

Now it’s your turn to become a Superhero, join the fight!  Donate today and spread the word to give!  With your generous tax-deductible donation, LLS can continue funding important research in the fight against blood cancers as well as provide outstanding patient services.


  1. A $25 donation provides patients relevant information helping them make informed treatment decisions.

  2. A $50 donation provides a Family Support group with a trained facilitator .

  3. A $100 donation helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies critical to researching cures.

  4. A $1000 donation makes possible one-on-one conversations with health care specialists.


Please know every dollar makes a difference. Donations can be made at any amount.  Does your company have a matching program?  Are you ready to become a Superhero?  Give today at www.superheroesforacure.com and click donate or mail a check payable to LLS and mail to:

LLS-Superheroes for a Cure

30 Aulike Street, Suite 406

Kailua, HI 96734. 

Financial donations must be received by 20 May.


I would ask that you consider passing this along to friends, family, co-workers and ask for their support as well. I am hoping to have 2,000 Superheroes make a donation!

Please join me as a Superhero for a Cure!


One Superhero seeking others,

Amy Ruth (Bennett) Eck

Hawaii’s Woman of the Year Candidate