Culinary agent cooks up a cure as the Massachusetts Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year

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May 19, 2017, Boston, MA – Sally Ekus, a 29-year survivor of childhood leukemia and co-owner of The Lisa Ekus Group in Hatfield, has captured the title of 2017 Woman of the Year for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Massachusetts Chapter.

Seven candidates raised funds during a ten-week campaign, a competition where one dollar donated was equal to one vote. The male and female candidate with the most money raised at the end won.

The campaign culminated on Thursday, May 18 at the Sheraton Hotel in Boston, where Sally was named Woman of the Year and Anthony Lallis, Founding Partner, Lallis & Higgins Insurance in Weymouth, was named Man of the Year. By raising over $50,000 each, the two winners will be connected to a blood cancer research portfolio of their choice.

Photo courtesy of LLS Massachusetts Chapter

Sally was also awarded the 2017 Mission Award by the LLS campaign managers for her extraordinary outreach and advocacy throughout the campaign.

“To be recognized for the past ten weeks of hard work and incredible support from my network means the world to me,” Sally said. “Even more so, though, I am honored to be an advocate for spreading the mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.”

Sally was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at three-and-a-half years old. She underwent 27 months of chemotherapy and was cured in August 1993. Sally has been a part of numerous LLS fundraising campaigns, raising not only money but awareness for the cause of finding cures for blood cancers and ensuring patients have access to life-saving treatments.

The Man and Woman of the Year candidates competed in honor of the LLS Boy & Girl of the Year, Cole and Teaghan, local children who are blood cancer survivors and sources of inspiration. All seven candidates collectively raised more than $360,000.

For more information contact campaign manager Sara Pokorny at For more information about LLS, please visit

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