lawrence jamesLawrence James of Brookhaven, PA is one of the 15 candidates competing in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2016 Man & Woman of Year (MWOY) fundraising campaign. Finding cures today, not someday.


Agreeing to utilize his leadership abilities, James will be conducting his own fundraising campaign for LLS for the next 10 weeks. Every dollar he raises counts as one vote. The male and female candidates with the most votes are named the Chapter’s Man & Woman of the Year. Their totals are then considered in naming national titles.  


James agreed to partner with LLS in memory of his father, who passed away from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer that affects the lymphatic system. James was just three years old at the time of the death.


“I am doing this for my father, any family that has ever gone through cancer in the past, going through it now, or has to fight it in the future,” said James.


Winners will be announced at the Grand Finale Celebration at Loews Philadelphia Hotel on June 10th. The night will be a celebration of all the candidates’ collective efforts as they enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions, and dinner and dancing.


In 2015, 15 candidates collectively raised over $372,000. Hakop Kadzjian of Weichert Realtors earned the title of Man of the Year and Mary Pennington of Comcast claimed the title of Eastern Pennsylvania Woman of the Year.

“We are grateful for the support of Lawrence James as he sets out on an amazing journey to raise money for lifesaving cancer research,” said Ellen Rubesin, the Executive Director of LLS’s Eastern PA Chapter.

James is President and CEO of Connexus Technology, a company that improves patient care by providing hospitals and specialty pharmacies with software to manage chronic diseases including oncology. Since its’ founding in 2003, Connexus Technology has developed custom enterprise data management software for various companies and sectors.   However, the company has developed software for healthcare providers for the last eight years, and specialty pharmacies for the past seven. 

Making Philadelphia his home after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Drexel University, James works not only to make an impact in business, but in his community as well. He currently serves on the Small Business Board of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the board of The Drexel Neumann Academy; a free Catholic School in Chester, PA for underserved students.


To make a donation to James’ fundraising efforts, please visit Donations are 100% tax-deductible.


Learn more about Man & Woman of the Year by visiting For more information about LLS, contact the Eastern PA Chapter at (610) 238-0360 or visit


About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.


Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

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