Select Homes of Wichita’s Steve Wilbur is joining men and women across the country in raising thousands of dollars for those with leukemia and lymphoma. Wilbur has been nominated for Man of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual fundraiser.
“I want to help however I can with the fight against blood cancers,” said Wilbur, supervising broker of the Select Homes Team Real Estate offices in East Wichita, West Wichita, Newton and Hutchinson. “I’m humbled by the talent of our company and other partners that are wanting to help us in this effort.”
Tobi Castelli – 2013 candidate for Woman of the Year and lead buyer agent at Select Homes Team Real Estate West – nominated Wilbur.
“I nominated Steve Wilbur because of his character, philanthropy and his personal and business connections. Steve works with an amazing network of people,” Castelli said. “Select Homes is becoming more involved in the community that we live in. Our team is helping more and more families each year.”
The ideal candidates are community and business leaders who are philanthropic, ambitious, socially active, resourceful, goal oriented, and passionate about making a difference in the lives of people suffering from blood cancers.
Wilbur definitely meets – and surpasses – those criteria.
“I am very active in my community and church,” said Wilbur. “I’m a member of the Wichita Downtown Rotary Club as well as the Wichita Chamber of Commerce. I also serve on the Board of Directors of the Wichita Farm and Ranch Club. As an active member at Pathway Church Goddard Campus, my wife and I plan to travel to Nairobi, Kenya in October for a couple of weeks to work in the medical and business development of the impoverished areas. We try to stay in touch and involved.”
Castelli looks back on her time in 2013 as a life-changing experience.
“My role was to raise as much money as possible for the LLS,” she said. “I got to know the 11-year-old boy that was the 2013 sponsor boy, Cole Clifton. I became very close to Cole and his family. My youngest son is Cole’s age and I felt a special bond with him. Helping raise money seemed like a good thing to do. However it wasn’t until March 17th of 2015 that I realized the true meaning of what it is all about. That is the day that Cole died. It was a shock to everyone and the saddest thing I have ever been through.”
The campaign raises funds for research as well as ways to improve the quality of life of the patients and their families. The need is great. Every three minutes, a new person is diagnosed with a blood cancer in the U.S. and every 10 minutes, another patient loses their battle.
Wilbur’s dreams are big during his campaign for this honorary title.
“I hope to help coordinate joint efforts to raise $50,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,” he said.
2016 marks the 17th annual Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Wichita Man and Woman of the Year event. The 2015 campaign raised more than $200,000. Kickoff begins March 31st and the campaign’s grand finale is June 11th.