06-25-2014 02:00 PM
Brittan Griffith thought $50,000 would be an ambitious fundraising goal.
Imagine her satisfaction when she raised more than $137,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, earning her Woman of the Year honors for the group’s South Central Texas Chapter.
“I was skeptical,” says Griffith, a 24-year-old marketing manager at USAA, about possibly winning the award. “I was the youngest candidate nominated … but I knew I wanted to give back to this cause.”
She got involved with the cause when she was 14. “I was diagnosed with leukemia when I was 12 and living in Denver,” Griffith says. “I was treated in Denver and moved to San Antonio shortly after.”
She stayed involved with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through middle and high school before going to college at the University of Colorado. She moved back to San Antonio after graduation in December 2012 and was asked in October to join the Man & Woman of the Year fundraising competition.
Candidates must try to raise at least $20,000 for research on blood cancers. Griffith set her goal at $50,000, which would let her direct where the funds went as well as name the grant.
“I thought it was a lofty goal, but I wasn’t doing it to try to win,” she says. “I was doing it because I believe in the cause.”
Raising $137,000 allows Griffith to name two grants, which will be announced later this year.
“I felt like this was a great opportunity for me to give back to an organization that made life after cancer possible for me along with so many others,” says Griffith, who has been cancer-free for more than a decade. “After I finished treatment, I really wanted to help in any way I could.”
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