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GPCA Members Raise $1 Million for Leukemia/Lymphoma Research

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After 10 years of fundraising GPCA hit the milestone figure.

| January 31, 2014

Emily Kallos, LLS, receives a check at the GPCA Winter Conference from Manuel Snipes, President of GPCA, representing our ten years of fund-raising for the charity.

After ten years of fundraising, GPCA announced in January that the milestone of $ 1 million had been raised by its members to help find a cure for Leukemia/Lymphoma.  “It has been an amazing ten years of coordinated and individual efforts to work with the L&L and achieve this level of success,” said Valera Jessee, Executive Director for Georgia Pest Control Association.

Jessee continued, “Our members are all community-minded companies and have worked to be a partner with charities and fund-raising groups throughout Georgia.”  In 2003, GPCA decided to funnel this energy into one primary effort to represent the industry’s commitment to helping others. 

Mike Tindol, Allgood Pest Solutions, recommended the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society because everyone knows someone who has been touched by blood cancer, consequently making the charity a personal opportunity for everyone to help a friend or family member. 

LLS came on board with GPCA with open arms.  Instead of just thanking GPCA for raising funds, they partnered with our Association, helping companies learn how they could engage their employees, talk to their customers and get personal satisfaction from the process.  LLS has recognized GPCA and participating member companies through articles in a vast array of media outlets, visibility through our social media, company logos on marketing materials, recognition on the statewide website and at Awards Receptions and more.

During the past ten years, there have been major advancements in LLS Research including three new drugs:  Gleevac, Rituxan and Velcade – all drugs that allow patients to live a normal life with minimal side effects.

Another reason GPCA was impressed with LLS was the manner in which they operated.  Seventy-eight percent of every dollar raised goes to research.  Other charities can not come close to this measure of money going where donors intended their dollars to be used.

Over the years, many companies have raised thousands of dollars and the LLS program is now a part of their company character. 
 

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