By: Mike Holland
Dayton – They waited an agonizing two days for the test results.
Finally, Sonu and Sonny Singhvi of Centerville received the good news they had been hoping for. Their daughter did not have lymphoma.
It was during that difficult time five years ago that Sonu Singhvi made it her goal to one day be a champion in the fight against lymphoma and other serious childhood illnesses. “I wanted to do something for the parents who do not get such good news. Instead, they get a diagnosis,” Singhvi said.
Recently, Singhvi was able to fulfill that goal. She has taken time away from her role as a small-business owner (Singhvi owns the Elizabeth Diamond Company along with her husband, Sonny) and her other philanthropic efforts to team up with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and compete for the title of Woman of the Year here in the Dayton area.
“I’ve wanted to do this since 2008. This year, I felt I had the time to give it my full effort,” Singhvi said.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society began the Man & Woman of the Year campaign in 1990, in Northern California. This will be the eleventh year for the fundraising competition here in Dayton.
Last year, local efforts raised $251,000 and $22.7 million dollars was raised nationally to help find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and to improve patients’ quality of life. This year’s goal for the Dayton campaign is all the way up to $350,000.
“Although this is a competition, every candidate who has put their time and effort into this incredible cause is truly the man or woman of the year. If we can find a cure for cancer, everyone wins,” said Singhvi.
This annual fundraising campaign culminates in an event on May 9, in which the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will announce the Man and Woman of the Year from among the twelve candidates.