BLOOD CANCER SURVIVOR AND FRIEND OF HARGROVE WINS LLS WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Jun 8, 2018
Susie Tapley, close friend of Hargrove Engineers + Constructors, was excited and honored to be named Woman of the Year (WOTY) in the 2018 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) campaign. Susie’s husband, Jeff Tapley, PE is a Project Manager and her daughter, Mallory Tapley, is a Mechanical Engineer, both with Hargrove Engineers + Constructors. Many Hargrove Teammates participated in Susie’s campaign to win Woman of the Year.
Susie is Hargrove’s 6th Man or Woman of the Year and was pleased run to run as a blood cancer survivor. She also dedicated her campaign to all others who are fighting or have fought blood cancer, as well as the medical professionals who continue to research so that they may find a cure for this deadly disease. The realization that there is hope after a cancer diagnosis thanks to organizations like LLS is what inspired Susie to be involved in the MWOY program. Her wining 2018 campaign raised $60,000 for the organization.
On November 13, 2016 Susie received the phone call that she had been diagnosed with Stage IV Non-Hodgkin’s Follicular Lymphoma. After going through six months of immunotherapy and chemotherapy, she has been in remission since July 2017. Since her diagnosis, Susie has seen first-hand the challenges with battling cancer and the miracles in treatments made possible through the efforts of LLS. From the first conversation with her oncologist upon her diagnosis, she learned that having cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence. This can be attributed directly to the passion and drive of the people and organizations involved with LLS.
In addition to being a dedicated wife and mother, Susie is active in her church, Providence United Methodist in Spanish Fort, and spends much of her time creating home décor crafts. She also enjoys working in the yard and is a novice landscaper.
In the 6 years that Hargrove has participated in the MWOY campaign, they have raised over $260,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma research. Those competitions, collectively, have amassed more than three quarters of a million dollars for research and patient services.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year campaign is a national fundraising competition occurring in many local communities across the US between March and June. Raising funds for LLS blood cancer research, the candidates compete in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year. Every dollar raised counts as one vote and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of 10 weeks.