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.
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.