Evans wife raises over $100,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Every nine minutes, someone in the United States dies of blood cancer.

Two locals say it’s a tragedy, but we can all do something to help. Grovetown’s Erik Smith and Evans’ Secelia Brown have raised nearly $200,000 to help find a cure.

For their efforts, they earned the title of Man and Woman of the Year from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. They say the work doesn’t stop there for them.

“I really feel like I’ve found part of my life’s work,” Brown said.

Brown feels fulfilled.

“As I started working with these families and meeting them, my perspective on LLS and what they do. Everything changed,” she said.

Through her campaign, she met people with blood cancer, like Abby. She has seen how much it affects them.

“I could see how her diagnosis affected her life, her personality and how nervous she was,” Brown said.

Brown raised approximately $135,000 to win the LLS Woman of the Year award for Georgia and South Carolina.

She says her victory is their victory.

“Winning meant I could get my family on stage in front of everyone there. I could say their names out loud. That’s what my win meant to me,” Brown said.

For her, it’s a good feeling to bring people together and raise so much money for the fight against blood cancer. Brown plans to continue fundraising. She wants to reach her goal of $150,000 before the end of June.

“Really fulfilling and compelling, and I hope I can honor them and fight for them forever in some way,” she said.

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