Geist Local Runs for LLS “Man of the Year”
In the time it takes to read this article, someone will have been diagnosed with a type of blood cancer.
This is a powerful statement…and the intention behind Troy Dixon’s fundraising campaign for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year.
Dixon, a Geist resident and Central Indiana realtor with Indy Plus Realty Group with Keller Williams, is honored to run a campaign. He’s quick to point out that it’s not so much about running for Man of the Year as it is squarely focused on the Boy and Girl of the Year and all of those with leukemia and lymphoma.
The intent is to raise money to fund research and treatments to cure blood cancers and to provide support and hope for those families dealing with this very real fight every day.
“The Boy and Girl of the Year for Indianapolis are the most amazing kids I have ever met,” shares Dixon. “Luke Canterbury is a 6-year-old from Fishers. He is lively and smiles all the time and is absolutely a normal 6-year-old boy. Grace Gumino is a freshman at Cathedral High School and is as active as her Mum will let her be!”
While childhood leukemia has the highest cure rate of any blood cancer, it is also the number one killer of children under the age of 20. It’s this statistic that is staggering and one that those campaigning hope to change.
“My campaign is all about increasing awareness and raising money,” says Dixon, who was nominated by Kristie Smith who won Woman of the Year in 2013 and by his business partner, Dr. Tom Galovic.
Dixon is a Kiwi. He grew up in New Zealand and moved to the United States in 1999. Area high school rugby players know of Dixon as an HSE assistant coach, having played the sport himself from a young age. He continued playing it as an adult until he tore his Achilles tendon.
“I am from a little wee town, and the importance of community is huge for me,” shares Dixon. “Where I am from, you had to treat everyone with respect, and if you did something really wrong, you had to leave.” To be clear, Dixon left New Zealand to seek adventure and visit a cousin living in the States, not due to any inappropriate actions.
Dixon and his real estate team have a reputation of giving back. They are all strong community contributors, giving 30 percent of their commissions at closing to veterans, active duty military, police, fire, anyone in the medical field or teachers and government workers. Last year, Indy Plus Realty group gave over $130,000 back to the community. These dollars literally go directly to the qualified client for use in escrow or closing costs.
This strong sense of community and the importance to giving back is how Dixon lives his life. Even without a personal connection to leukemia or lymphoma, he’s thrilled to help in some way to make a difference for those who are directly impacted.
When asked why he chose to accept the challenge to run for The LLS Man of the Year, Dixon replies, “Because I can help, I should…”
For more information, visit his webpage.
“Please donate, join my team and pass YOUR page on to others,” says Dixon. “Let’s spread the word and join the fight with Luke and Grace.”