A Brookhaven resident, James Beasley, was recently named the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Man of the Year.
He was one of 14 local community leaders – four men and 10 women – who competed with each other for 10 weeks to raise the most money as part of the society’s "Man and Woman of the Year Campaign."
Beasley, a regional manager with First Communities Management, raised $49,258 for LLS in honor of his father, who died in 2011 of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
He was recognized at the campaign’s Grand Finale event at the Loews Atlanta Hotel in June. In its fourth year, the campaign raised a record $575,000, about $100,000 more than last year.
Beasley will now be entered into the national competition for Man & Woman of the Year, which will be named this month. All of the candidates competed in honor of LLS’s Boy & Girl of the Year, Owen and Preslie, local children who are blood cancer survivors and sources of inspiration to others.