ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Presbyterian Medical Group would like to
congratulate Ethan Sims, M.D., for being named the 2012 Southwest Region Man of
the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).
Dr. Sims is an emergency department physician at
Presbyterian Hospital and has a personal connection with the competition
through his uncle’s passing from lymphoma. This connection encouraged Sims to
raise $23,779.39 for blood cancer research.
From March 9 to May 17, the New Mexico competitors
cumulatively raised over $102,000 for LLS, in addition to increasing awareness
of the organization's mission.
Annually, LLS’ Man & Woman of the Year campaign raises
money for blood cancer research. In this nationwide competition, participants
engage in a ten week fundraising effort. The titles are awarded to the men and
women in each community who raise the most funds; the top local fundraisers in
the country also win the national titles.
Competitors raise funds in honor of local children who are
blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year. The Boy & Girl of
the Year for New Mexico are Adler Rickords and Erin Brennan.
Adler, 11, is a survivor of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Though
he is still receiving maintenance treatments, he is currently playing baseball
and basketball and aiming for a career as a nurse or marine biologist. Erin was
diagnosed with leukemia at age 5 and endured several years of treatment. Now
12, she’s back in school and thriving.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest
voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure
leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of
life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research
around the world and provides free information and support services.
Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the
communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is
the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system and its largest
provider of care. Presbyterian offers eight hospitals, a statewide health plan,
and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest
private employer in New Mexico with more than 9,000 respected employees and