Freehold woman’s efforts aid research

A Freehold woman and a Morristown man have been named the winners of this year’s Man and Woman of the Year of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s New Jersey Chapter.

The two winners were Guy Adami of Morristown and Kim Read of Freehold, and the two runner-ups were Gary Leff of Cliffwood and Andrea Dobin of Cherry Hill.

Read is employed by the Manasquan School District Board of Education.

Collectively, the nine candidates raised more than $478,000 to support the society’s mission to find a cure for blood cancers and to ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments, according to a press release.

During a spirited 10-week fundraising period, candidates across the country compete in honor of a local boy or girl who is a blood cancer survivor to raise the most funds for a world without blood cancers.

Candidates and their campaign teams are judged solely on their success in raising money, with each dollar counting as one vote. Their totals are then considered for the national title, according to the press release.

Candidates in each chapter vie for the local title and the highest fundraisers nationally earn the title of national Man and Woman of the Year.