Victory Over Cancer

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Berry happily standing in our brewery. (Photo courtesy of Daily Local News. By Larry McDevitt)

As a loyal follower of Victory Brewing Company, you likely know how proud we are of our beer line-up. But, what you may not know is how proud we are of the people who work to keep Victory running smoothly in order to produce those delicious brews. One in particular is making us swell lately. Our administrative assistant, Berry Woodrow McLaughlin, is campaigning to become the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2011 Woman of the Year.

Twelve years ago, at age fifteen, Berry fainted, hit her head, and was rushed to the hospital as a safety precaution. Little did she know, the fainting spell was much bigger than a bump on the head. That day, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and was checked in to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to begin her three-year stint of chemotherapy.

As a young teenager, McLaughlin faced a daunting diagnosis with incredible courage and came out victorious. Now, as she approaches her 12th year of remission from ALL, she is on a mission to raise awareness and to raise funds. We plan to support her mission to win the Woman of the Year title and to make strides toward an eventual victory over cancer.

Berry’s bubbly personality is contagious. She brings the same determination and focus she used to beat Leukemia to work with her every day. Berry’s dedication and commitment to her cause reminds us of our own passion for beer and for life. For that reason, Victory Brewing Company signed on as the Presenting Sponsor of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2011 Man & Woman of the Year.

The Man & Woman of the Year campaign is a 10-week fundraising program. Nominees, like Berry, are chosen because of their contributions to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and then campaign for the title by garnering donations. Every dollar they raise is counted as a vote. We are confident that, with her incredible efforts and with our support, Berry will be crowned Woman of the Year on May 5.

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Berry’s fundraising efforts are seemingly endless and incredibly creative. If you’ve seen someone donning a “Cancer Sucks” button, you’ve seen Berry’s work in action. Her biggest fundraising event is being held on April 16, at the Helicopter Museum in West Chester, Pa. The Prom for ALL is an excuse to dust off your fancy dress gear, put on your dancing shoes, and socialize for a great cause.

In the end, no matter which nominee scores the title, the real winner will be the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the people it supports.

For more about Berry, or to donate, please visit her campaign page.

– K.N.

3 Responses to Victory Over Cancer

  1. Karen March 29, 2011 at 2:07 AM #

    Hi Berry- My husband forwarded this article about you to me. I am a survivor too and a cancer victories and helping others after us is dear to my heart. Just wanted to say You go Girl! Good Luck and your inspiration.

  2. Edward Tatios March 31, 2011 at 6:29 PM #

    I had the pleasure of working with Berry at the Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance. Victory has been a long supporter of the Concours and it's charitable work. She and the other volunteers that staffed the Brew Pub on Wheels were a terrific! I hope she will be there again this year! Berry, keep up the great work! You are already the winner in my book!

  3. david April 1, 2011 at 6:03 PM #

    hi berry. as the father of an 8 year old with brain cancer and friends with many a parent with a child with lukemia. wish you the best in hopes you win. dave sunpower solar/ alexslemonade ambassador

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The story of Victory Brewing Company starts on a school bus in 1973 when fifth-graders Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski stepped aboard, on their way to a new school. The two became fast friends and remained so, even as they grew up and went to college on opposite coasts. Just months out of college, Bill’s appreciation of good beer and access to his father’s home brewing equipment inspired him to explore the hobby. That same year (1985), Bill gave Ron a home brewing kit as a Christmas gift. With that, both Bill and Ron developed their love of the craft…
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