Eighth Grade Miami Girl Diagnosed with Leukemia Releases Video to Help Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Raise Research Funds to Find Cure

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Melanie’s YouTube Story and Her Battle Against Cancer

I want to be cured.

Melanie, an eighth grade cheerleader from Miami who was diagnosed with leukemia in August 2010, is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Miami Children’s Hospital. She has not attended school this year due to her condition. Although Melanie is being given a chance to live through the use of chemotherapies developed by LLS researchers, more than anything she wants to be cured. Melanie’s story can be seen on her recently released YouTube video.

Professional Bank Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, Roberto R. Muñoz, was inspired by Melanie’s story after his nomination for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) of South Florida’s “Man of the Year.” Candidates include socially active community and businesses leaders who fundraise for blood cancer research leading up to the Annual Man and Woman of the Year Grand Finale Gala on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the Intercontinental Hotel.

“I met Melanie by chance,” explained Muñoz. “I was asked to accept the Man of the Year nomination several months ago. I accepted, but needed a reason to feel what LLS brings to the table. I prayed, and days later a series of events allowed me to meet Melanie and her parents at Miami Children’s Hospital. We were brought together by a prayer, and now I am truly passionate about raising funds for this cause.”

Between January 10 and March 25, 2011, Muñoz is seeking donors to help raise at least one million dollars to fund blood cancer research with the goal of finding a cure and rid society of the largest cause of death of children under 20 years old. Donations can be made online at http://sfl.mwoy.llsevent.org/RobertoMunoz.

"The Man & Woman of the Year campaign is a great way for candidates to network with other influential people in their communities while also helping to bring help and hope to thousands of blood cancer patients," said Joanne Davis, the LLS Southern Florida Chapter's executive director. "Candidates get to showcase their fundraising and community outreach skills as well as their humanitarianism."

To learn more about Man of the Year nominee, Roberto Muñoz, and his campaign visit http://www.professionalbankfl.com and http://www.mwoy.org/sfl.

About Professional Bank
Professional Bank is a strong “relationship bank” serving the banking needs of professionals, business owners, entrepreneurs and executives in our community while providing its customers with a concierge-style banking service. Professional Bank is a member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. For more information about Professional Bank, please visit http://www.professionalbankfl.com.

About the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. LLS's mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since the first funding in 1954, LLS has awarded more than $680 million in research funding.

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