DALLAS, TEXAS: The North Texas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is climbing closer towards a cure with their 4th annual Big D Climb. On Saturday, January 28, 2012 climbers from across the region will come together to climb 52 flights of stairs (1,040 steps) at Fountain Place in downtown Dallas. They will all be there for a common cause – to honor those impacted by blood cancers and to raise money for the LLS mission.
Last year, several teams participated to raise money to fight blood cancers, but one team stood out from the rest. Ivie & Associates, Inc., who has had associates who have been involved with the Big D Climb since its first year, raised $28,000 in the 2011 event. Ivie participates in numerous charitable programs each year through Ivie Cares, a program at Ivie dedicated to giving back to the communities they serve.
Ivie & Associate, Inc., Founders, Warren and Kay Ivie, will serve as honorary chairs for the event for the second year in a row.
“We are pleased and honored to serve as chairs for the Big D Climb,” said Warren Ivie, CEO and Founder Ivie & Associates. “We applaud the efforts of LLS and we are happy to assist such an important cause. Our associates rally behind this event each year and it is a great day for all.”
All Big D Climb registrants will receive a commemorative T-shirt with the $40 registration fee. Like many competitive fun runs, awards will be given to individual climbers and teams vying for best time in their age categories and most funds raised.
Funds from the Big D Climb will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. More than one million Americans have leukemia, myeloma or lymphoma, the most common form of blood cancer. Among children under 20, leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer. Help reach new heights in cancer research by registering at www.BigDClimb.org or calling Stacey Russell at 972-354-8310.
About the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, (www.lls.org) headquartered in White Plains, NY, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has invested more than $600 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
The North Texas Chapter (www.lls.org/ntx) is one of 66 local chapters across the US, with additional branches in Canada. The North Texas Chapter ranks in the top 10 of all chapters nationwide within the Society. With offices in Dallas and Fort Worth since 1972, the North Texas Chapter covers 119 counties in the North Texas area. Major, annual fundraising campaigns include Team In Training®, Light The Night® Walk, School & Youth Programs, The St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Style Show, On Target for a Cure, Links Fore Leukemia Golf Tournament and The Leukemia Cup Regatta.
Founded in 1993, Ivie & Associates, Inc. is headquartered in Flower Mound, Texas, and employs over 300 professionals throughout its U.S. and China offices and has annual billing in excess of $250 million. Ivie provides a full array of marketing solutions including production services, sourcing, procurement, staff enhancement, media services, public relations, digital and interactive marketing, and general project management for Sam’s Club, Sally Beauty Supply, Albertsons, Dollar General, Dick’s Sporting Goods, B&Q Home Improvement, Watsons Beauty Products, Leslie’s Pool Supplies, Raley’s, QKL Stores Inc., Niemann Foods and many other top organizations.