On any given day you can find immigration and adoption attorney Raiysa Reece juggling a range of responsibilities from consulting clients via phone to handling mountains of paperwork to preparing cases for court. One of her most recent undertakings, however, involves a very different task–fundraising. Reece, owner of the eponymous Reece Law Firm, has earned a nomination from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Houston Chapter for its annual Woman of the Year honor.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (“LLS”) Man & Woman of the Year is a philanthropic competition to support blood cancer research among a group of dedicated individuals in communities across the United States. Candidates form fundraising teams and compete in honor of two local children who are blood cancer survivors. The man and woman who raise the most funds during the ten-week campaign, which began on March 29 with a kickoff celebration at Saks Fifth Avenue for Houston contenders and ends on June 8, are awarded the prestigious title of Man or Woman of the Year in their community. Those who raise the most across the country will be recognized as the national Man and Woman of the Year.
A graduate of University of Houston Law Center, Reece started her legal career working as a prosecutor for the government and grew her practice to an area close to her heart–helping children find their forever families through adoption. One of the first adoptions she ever finalized was for a little girl suffering from leukemia. This child’s struggle and story stayed close to her heart, so this year, when asked to raise money for LLS, Reece could not help but recall the strength of that small child, enduring countless medical treatments, doctor visits and drug trials. Although her cancer is in remission, there are so many children and adults who continue to lose the battle against blood cancer.
“In my law practice I am able to support people through legal measures that can affect their lives, so being able to use that same skill set to rally the troops and help change lives for LLS is very rewarding,” Reece said. “Every dollar raised is a vote for me as LLS Woman of the Year, but most importantly it goes directly to help end blood cancer. I am proud to support an organization that makes a real difference on a local level.”
Through fundraising efforts, such as this campaign, LLS not only funds groundbreaking research in the treatment of blood cancers, but also gives directly to local patients in need. Last year, LLS provided over 1 million dollars in assistance to Hurricane Harvey victims suffering from blood cancers. The research funded by LLS is also being used to advance the treatment of many other cancers such as brain, lung, and breast, as well as autoimmune disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis.
To support Reece’s run for LLS, donate to her one-time fundraising campaign before June 8. She seeks to surpass her goal of raising $100,000 towards finding a cure for blood cancers and increasing the quality of life of those currently suffering. Every donation helps, no matter how small the amount.
There are two simple ways to send your tax-deductible donation:
Online: Please visit the following link: http://pages.mwoy.org/txg/houston18/rreece
Mail: To send a check payable to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, email firstname.lastname@example.org for a paper donation form and instructions to send your donation directly to the LLS Houston offices.
No matter who achieves the tile of Man & Woman of the Year, the real winners are the children and adults suffering from this debilitating disease who will benefit from the money raised. For more information on leukemia and LLS visit, https://www.lls.org.