The Palm Beach Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has announced that Delray Beach resident Orli Zimmerman has been nominated as a candidate for the society’s Woman of the Year.
Candidates across the country compete in honor of a local boy or girl who is a blood cancer survivor, to raise the most funds for blood cancer research.
Zimmerman, of Zimmerman Tree Service, will compete for the title and a chance to be featured in a full-page ad in USA Today.
“I feel so honored and lucky,” she said of her nomination. “I am running for Woman of the Year because I have several personal connections to cancer and decided to join this campaign in order to give back to my community and help find a cure for cancer.”
As a candidate, she will raise funds through May 19. Every dollar raised counts as one vote in her favor. The male and female candidates with the most “votes” will be awarded the titles during the grade finale on May 19 at the Hilton in West Palm Beach. The local winners are then entered into the competition for National Man & Woman of the Year titles.
Zimmerman said her involvement with the society is fairly new. She said her mother served on several boards and she has attended events. It was one of her friends who was nominated as a Man of the Year who nominated her this year.
“This is me stepping up to the plate,” she said. “It comes at a real good time in my life. My business is doing well and it is time for me to support my friends and family who have been affected by cancer.”
She said last year the society invested $67 million in research and overall has invested $1 billion in cancer research.
“I am really promoting that we need to find a cure,” she said. “Any type of cancer, there is no way to prevent it.”
Zimmerman is hosting a fundraising event from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 20 at Salt7. If you are interested in donating items for a raffle or auction, email firstname.lastname@example.org You can also make a donation at, Www.tinyurl.com/orli4lls.