Welcome to Rob Petruska's MWOY Fundraising Page!

Welcome to Rob Petruska's MWOY Fundraising Page!

Mar 07, 2018

Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign for Man & Woman of the Year.

"Your child has cancer" is the last thing a mother ever wants to hear.  I heard this in the summer of 2013 right before Ross' senior year of high school.  He was lucky.  His cancer was very treatable, but I don't take that lightly.  He went through tough rounds of chemo, he lost his hair and missed a good amount of school.  It was hard, but we have a healthy college senior now, Amen!  

We are supporting Tom Treinen because the Treinen's are amazing people with huge giving hearts.  Here is Tom's story...


As many of you know ten years ago Kelly and I were devastated by the lost our son Michael after a yearlong battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Since then we have been committed to supporting organizations that supported Michael and our family through an unbelievable difficult time.

One of those organizations is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Earlier this year I was asked to take part in their 2018 Man & Women of the Year fundraising campaign. This is a ten week long campaign beginning March 8th and ending May 19th over which time each “candidate” raises as much money as possible and whom ever has the highest total on May 19th is given the ceremonial “Man” or “Women” of the year crown.

While survival rates for many of the blood cancers have risen to nearly 50%, the survival rate for (AML) is only about 15% and the sub-type of (AML) that our son Michael had is only about 3%. So imagine being a parent having a doctor tell you that this is your child’s diagnosis. 

Over the past thirty years the treatment for (AML) has not changed significantly, the standard of care is (5) week long courses of chemotherapy followed by a 3 to 4 weeks of recovery period after each course. Each course becoming more difficult for the child as their bodies become weakened by the treatment. If your child survives this regimen and the leukemia goes into remission they have a reasonably good chance (50%) to live five additional years. That may sound good if you are 60 or 70 years old at the time but if your child is 3 or 7 or 12, not much of a future!

If however the chemotherapy was not successful or the leukemia returns as in Michael’s case, the course of actions is 3-4 more courses of chemotherapy and then a bone marrow transplant. For most patients the bone marrow transplant is the treatment of last resort and if unsuccessful that patient will die.

So again imagine you are a parent and you have come to that crossroad with your child and you have to make that decision, it is agonizing and devastating. I remember vividly when that time came for Michael, we had received the news that his leukemia had returned, Kelly had stepped out of the room momentarily to talk with his doctor and Michael looked at me, tears running down his face and asked me, “Dad if this doesn’t work am I going to die?” No parent should have to answer that question.

So when asked by LLS to take part in the 2018 Man & Women of the Year campaign I answered “yes” because the fight to cure leukemia still continues. LLS has recently partnered with the FDA and pharmaceutical companies to more quickly advance treatments that show positive signs toward a cure. So please help me help LLS find cures for blood cancers by saying “yes” and donating to my campaign.

All donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible. They'll not only support LLS research, but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.

Please visit my website often and tell friends who would also like to donate!

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support! For more information about LLS, please visit www.lls.org



Rob and Brenda Petruska



On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support! For more information about LLS, please visit www.lls.org

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My Thanks To

  • Hall of Fame Incentive
  • Lisa Wild
  • Scott Kinnaman
  • Roger Neu
  • Claudette Gilman
  • Shana Gartrell
  • Maria Webster
  • Mark Allanach
  • Robert Pisani
  • Timothy Hoy
  • W Brunton
  • Kevin DeLory
  • Stacey Schaffer
  • Kiki Couch
  • Chris Harris
  • Andrew Taffet
  • Sarah Dschaak
  • Jason Gault
  • Matt Evans
  • Stacy Petruska
  • Eric Schieferstein
  • Mark Downhamo9jxm
  • Todd Fancher
  • Ronald Fait
  • Bob Janning