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May 15, 2019

Baker Sterchi Member Stumph-Turner "Turns Up" to Fight Blood Cancer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Baker Sterchi Member Megan Stumph-Turner was recently honored as a runner up at the grand finale celebration for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 2019 Man & Woman of the Year Campaign ("LLS MWOY").

LLS MWOY is a ten-week fundraising competition where influential men and women from the community compete to raise the most money for LLS. The campaign kicked off with a celebration in February, after which contributions were raised in various ways, including letter writing campaigns, personal asks, corporate sponsorships, fundraising events, silent and live auction items, and social media campaigns.

LLS MWOY candidates were encouraged to assemble teams to maximize fundraising efforts. Stumph-Turner branded her team "Turn Up for the Cure," and recruited dedicated friends and family, including her husband and two other Baker Sterchi attorneys, to help with gathering auction items and planning events.

While few are nominated to participate in the campaign, those who choose to move forward usually do so in honor of a loved one lost or affected by blood cancer. Stumph-Turner campaigned in honor of Ryan Turner, a loved one she lost to Hodgkin's Lymphoma almost six years ago. Her team fundraising goal was $50,000, a milestone which allows for a blood cancer research portfolio to be linked to an individual of the candidate’s choice.  

Over the course of the campaign, Stumph-Turner hosted eight fundraising events, including a dance class at Dance Fit Flow, a dog bracket competition at Bar K Dog Bar, a golf tournament dubbed the "Easter Bunny Invitational" at Shoal Creek Golf Course, and more. She also wrote letters to contacts and held several social media incentive contests.

“I would encourage anyone nominated for this life-changing opportunity to say “yes” and never look back,” said Stumph-Turner who, at the grand finale celebration, was honored as a runner up for raising nearly $70,000 to fight blood cancer in an exceptionally strong fundraising year. Stumph-Turner’s inspiration, Ryan Turner, will have his name linked to a research portfolio as a result. Collectively, the 2019 MWOY candidates raised over $572,000 for the LLS mission.

Stumph-Turner was nominated as a LLS MWOY candidate by an individual she met at auditions for "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" last summer. That individual, a Chair for the LLS MWOY Campaign, and past MWOY winner, is now a friend. More information on the campaign is available here.