Ben Rubenstein, 2014 Man of the Year Candidate

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photoI am honored to be campaign manager for Ben Rubenstein, whom I profiled in 2013 article, and whom The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has nominated as a 2014 “Man & Woman of the Year” candidate! We hope you will help us achieve our ambitious goals.

Eleven years ago, Ben lay on a hospital bed with an obliterated immune system, as stem cells from an anonymous baby girl sped through his veins. He closed his eyes and envisioned the cells sticking inside his hollow bones and repopulating his marrow with clean, cancer-free cells. He was just 19 years old and battling his second cancer, this one affecting his blood. His fantasy became reality, and he survived myelodysplasia through a combination of hope, attitude, support and modern medicine.

Ben inspired my daughter Amy during her toughest times battling leukemia, and they are not alone. More than a million Americans are living with blood cancers. Every four minutes, another person is diagnosed; every ten minutes, someone loses the battle. However, since 1949, LLS has been leading the way in improving the odds of beating blood cancers: from 5% in 1965 to 95% today for certain diagnoses! As the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to blood cancer, in 2013 LLS invested $74 million in research. Charity Navigator rates it 3 stars out of 4 overall, and 4 of 4 in accountability and transparency.

Each year, the National Capital Area chapter of LLS selects approximately 20 candidates to reach our fundraising goal of $1.25 million. For the ten-week campaign from April 3 through June 14, our team goal is to raise $10,000 for each of Ben’s cancer-free years – a total of $110,000! If our campaign raises $50,000 or more, then our efforts will be linked to a specific cutting-edge LLS-funded research portfolio in Ben’s name.

Ben’s CancerSlayer fundraising team would be grateful for your support, and no amount is too small. All the money we raise will go directly to LLS and help find a cure, reduce adverse side effects of treatment, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. In most cases your donations are tax-deductible (the tax ID number for LLS is 13-5644916). Your employer may even match your charitable gift, so we hope you will ask. We also hope you will share this letter with friends and neighbors, to increase your cancer research impact.

Online donations are accepted until June 14, but please send check donations to Ben by June 7, to ensure they count toward his campaign total. To donate online, please visit my fundraising Web page, http://MWOY.org/pages/nca/dcmetro14/PDriessen. Or make a check donation out to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (please write RUBENSTEIN in the memo), and send your contribution to: The Rubensteins, 7092 Kings Arm Drive, Manassas, VA 20112

For many years Ben has provided inspiration to people with cancer through his website, www.CancerSlayerBlog.com, his 2010 memoir Twice, and his new children’s book Secrets of the Cancer-Slaying Super Man – which he will launch publicly very soon, so stay tuned! Now is my chance – and yours – to help fund new research … and save more lives.

For more information about LLS and the “Man & Woman of the Year” fundraising campaign, please visit www.MWOY.org/nca or email Ben at BMRubenstein@gmail.com or me at PKDriessen@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Paul Driessen

For Ben Rubenstein, 2014 Man of the Year Candidate 

About Author

PAUL DRIESSEN is senior policy adviser for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) and Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), public policy institutes that promote environmental stewardship, the enhancement of human health and welfare, and personal liberties and civil rights. He writes and speaks frequently on the environment, energy and economic development, malaria eradication, climate change, human rights, corporate social responsibility and sustainable development. His articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines and on news and opinion websites in the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Peru, Venezuela, South Africa, Uganda, Bangladesh and many other countries. Driessen’s book, Eco-Imperialism: Green Power - Black Death, documents the harm that restrictive environmental policies often have on poor people, especially in developing countries, by restricting their access to life-enhancing modern technologies. It is in its second US printing and has also been published in Argentina (Spanish), India (English), Germany (German) and Italy (Italian). He was editor for Energy Keepers - Energy Killers: The new civil rights battle, by CORE national chairman Roy Innis; Rules for Corporate Warriors: How to fight and survive attack group shakedowns, by Nick Nichols; and Creatures, Corals and Colors in North American Seas, by Ann Scarborough-Bull. His report, Responsible Progress in the Andes, examined ways that modern mining operations can bring jobs, infrastructure, and improved safety and pollution control practices to poor communities. Driessen’s studies and analyses have also appeared in Conserving the Environment (Doug Dupler, editor), Resurgent Diseases (Karen Miller, Editor) and Malnutrition (Margaret Haerens, editor), all part of the Thomson-Gale “Opposing Viewpoints” Series that is used in many high schools and colleges; Redefining Sovereignty: Will liberal democracies continue to determine their own laws and public policies, or yield these rights to transnational entities in search of universal order and justice? (Orin Judd, editor); and other publications. He played a lead role in the “Kill Malarial Mosquitoes Now” campaign, an international effort that restored the use of DDT to African and other malaria control programs, and served as an advisor to the film “3 Billion and Counting,” examining how environmentalist and EPA campaign against DDT had devastating impacts on families in poor developing countries. Paul received his BA in geology and field ecology from Lawrence University and a JD from the University of Denver College of Law, before embarking on a career that also included tenures with the United States Senate, U.S. Department of the Interior and an energy trade association. He has produced documentary films about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, immigration through Ellis Island, and marine habitats beneath offshore oil production platforms. Driessen is also a frequent guest on radio talk shows and college campuses, and at business and public policy forums. He participates in energy, health and environmental conferences, and was active in the Public Relations Society of America, where he served as Washington, DC chapter newsletter editor and in the Social Responsibility Section.

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