Elizabeth's Story


2017 Man & Woman of the Year Fundraiser for
the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by Martha Handrich

Her Story

"As we weather the storm,
we learn to dance in the rain."

I heard this saying within the first week of Elizabeth’s Leukemia diagnosis almost 2 years ago. It instantly resonated with me, as it helped me to not be afraid of the storm and to also see the beauty that can be part of a journey through a difficult diagnosis. And as I kept thinking about this saying and what our family was faced with, I soon realized there wasn’t any storm we couldn’t weather together as a family. Indeed, it’s been a long road. Some days have been really hard, while others have been very beautiful. Through it all, Elizabeth remains a brave 6-year-old girl who just wants to smile, giggle, sing, dance, and love.

When I was asked to run a ‘Woman of the Year’ campaign for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), I felt called to it. So many others before us have helped raise funds, increase awareness, and provide support which has allowed us to remain optimistic during Elizabeth’s treatment knowing she has such a good long-term prognosis. In fact, not even 24 hours after Elizabeth’s diagnosis, we were told she had a 95% chance of long-term survival. Now it’s our turn. It’s our time to help those who are faced with a similar diagnosis in the future. We still have room to improve. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have such positive long-term survival rate. And of course, treatments are long and rough, and expenses are significant.

With your support, we will continue our fight…and someday soon, we’ll help LLS emerge victorious over Leukemia and other blood cancers. But we need your help. Please dance in the rain with us today!

Visit our Instagram throughout the campaign and post using #EStrong4LLS

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Upcoming Events

Keep checking back for new events in the future!


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Grand Finale Gala

Celebrate the 2017 class of candidates, enjoy dinner and dancing, participate in the silent and live auctions, and more! Formal attire preferred. Parking details TBD.

$150 per seat

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Completed Events

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Secret Life of Pets Movie Event

Come watch the Secret Life of Pets on April 9th at 1:30pm at the Marcus Ridge Cinema. Ticket includes popcorn and soda! Join us at Zaffiro’s before the movie begins to participate in some raffle items and comradery. 20% of Zaffiro’s sales will go to LLS.

$10 for kids | $15 for adults

Tastefully Simple Fundraiser

Shop Tastefully Simple online for a great cause! A percentage of sales will be donated to LLS. Only available for a short time!


Raise hope and have fun doing so with wine pulls and raffles­—PLUS 10% of bar revenue & 100% of tips will be donated to LLS!

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Magical Princess Party

Be our guest for a magical princess party! Your princess fan will experience enchantment when they have their picture taken with multiple fairy tale princesses. Our guests will delight as the princesses sing and read them a story. They can also decorate a tiara, have their faces painted, and play games. Snacks will be available.

$10 for kids | $5 for adults

Dine at Noodles & Company

Calling all Tosa residents! Exciting times at Noodles on State street on May 3rd. 25% of sales will be donated to LLS but only if we have enough people attend....so bring the family or some friends and enjoy some dinner with the Handrich family at Noodles. From 4pm - 8pm. See you there!

NOTE: You MUST mention you are dining for LLS for the 25% to be donated.

Drink and Dine at wild Goose Bar & Grill

In Chicago on May 5th? Then join in some food and drinks at Wild Goose Bar & Grill (4265 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago,IL). 20% of sales will be donated to LLS. Enjoy one of their many craft beers or some delicious food.

Dine at the SafeHouse

No ticket purchase necessary! Join in the spy world at the SafeHouse on Monday May 8th anytime between 4pm and midnight. 20% of sales for the evening will be donated to LLS.

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Dessert First

Be a part of one of the most memorable events of the campaign. Enjoy being a kid by eating dessert first, inspired by a little girl and her siblings who inspire us every day with their strength, courage, kindness, and heart. Cocktails begin at 6pm with the phenomenal dinner starting at 7pm. Live auction to be held.

$100 per person

Volleyball for EStrong

18 - 20 teams will enjoy their day playing sand volleyball at Fat Daddy’s for a great cause. Up to 6 people per team. Fee to include 2 drinks and deli food for dinner. Additional raffle items will be available at the event. Sand Castle building may occur at some point by the Handrich kids for 10 minutes of entertainment (just kidding)!

$150 per team

Mary Kay Fundraiser

Shop Mary Kay online for a great cause! 40% of sales will be donated to LLS. Use LLS or Martha in the promo code so your sales count towards our total. Only available for a short time!

Estrong Auction

Bid! Bid! Bid! There are many sports and entertainment items up for auction. All proceeds will be donated to LLS. Only available up a short time!

Enjoy Treats at Yo Mama!

Celebrate the end of school with a frozen yogurt treat at Yo Mama! 30% of the sales will go to LLS. Be sure to tell them you are with Martha and the LLS crew or the sale won’t count towards the donation.

How Can You Help?

Anything you do is greatly appreciated! Attend our events, buy our merchandise or make a donation--it all helps!