County official raising money for leukemia group
Jarrod Lyman is a man with a mission. A senior communications specialist for Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Lyman has been nominated for Man of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and a donation to his fundraising campaign could seal the win.
He said he was asked to participate by Kyra Bussanich, owner of Kyra's Bake Shop in Lake Oswego, who was chosen as LLS' Woman of the Year in 2017.
"When Kyra approached me I knew little of LLS and their mission," he said. "What really made me want to participate was everything they do for children. I have a soft spot for children's causes, having spent a fair amount of time in children's hospitals with both of my own kids. I've seen firsthand what cancer does. Kids being far braver than anyone should ever have to be, especially at that age. I've watched parents put on a strong front in front of their kids, but you could see their heart breaking just beneath the surface as they watched their child struggle and they couldn't help. LLS has been behind treatments that have dramatically increased survival rates. Our goal now is to create a world where no family has to go through this."
This is the 15th year that the Portland chapter of LLS has held the Man and Woman of the Year fundraiser; funds generated are used for blood cancer research and patient support. To date, candidates have raised $4 million.
"The goal of this year's class is to raise $1 million, so we have a lot to do and only 10 weeks to do it," Lyman said.
Lyman has organized several special events; the first two involve Kyra's Bake Shop.
¦ Attend a Mini & Me Cooking Decorating Class to be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 7. Participants receive a large sugar cookie to decorate with several frosting colors and an assortment of sprinkles. Enjoy a snack of a slider sandwich (choose from turkey bacon Swiss or toasted cheese), brownie bites and a drink. This is designed to be a fun activity for a parent to do with a child. Cost is $50 for parent and one child, or $65 for parent and two children.
¦ A Mini & Me Cupcake Decorating Class will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m April 28. This class is geared for children age 10 and up and a parent. Participants receive a cupcake to decorate with several frostings and an assortment of sprinkles, plus the snack of slider sandwiches, brownie bites and drink. Kyra's lead cake decorator will showcase frosting styles including piping hearts, braiding frosting, simple flowers and rosettes. You will have plenty of practice before these techniques are used to create your final product. Cost is $60 for parent and one child, $75 for parent and two children.
¦ Attend a Field and Vine Dinner at St. Josef's Winery in Canby April 27. Lyman has teamed up with Chef Pascal Chureau and his team and Oregon wine pioneers St. Josef's Winery to create an evening of fun and fine dining. Chef Chureau's Field and Vine dinners are renowned for their use of local ingredients paired with local wines. Participants will enjoy a five-course meal and wines for $160 per plate, with all proceeds supporting Lyman's fundraising efforts.
¦ Wooden Shoe Farm in Woodburn will help with Lyman's fundraising for blood cancer research by making a donation for every photo posted using the hashtag #bulbsagainstbloodcancer. Look for their special photo opportunity, take a photo and post it.
Links to all these events can be found on the website MtHoodCure.com.
"The Man and the Woman of the Year campaign is a fun way to raise money for a most worthy cause," Lyman said. "Sure we are all trying to get that title, but this is about far more than winning titles, for when cancer loses, we all win."
The Man and Woman of the Year cam-
paign ends May 8. Donations to Lyman's
campaign can be made online at mthoodcure.com.