Jola and Mia Rothman
LEMOYNE, PA – Everyone who works at RSR, REALTORS® considers themselves family, and after company founder Bill Rothman successful battle with lymphoma, they came together to help raise $213,565 in two campaigns for the Central Pennsylvania Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Leading one campaign was Jola Rothman, the wife of Bill Rothman's son, Garrett Rothman, RSR's Vice President and Broker of Record. She raised $158,869 to become the top fundraiser and in May was named Central PA Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 2018 Woman of the Year.
The other campaign was led by Mia Rothman, the daughter of Bill Rothman's son, state Rep. Greg Rothman and RSR's Chairman. In her Student of the Year fundraiser, the Cumberland Valley High School junior raised $54,696.
"To me, we're all winners because we're working toward the same goal: raise as much money as we can to stop cancer,'' said Jola Rothman, who put together a fundraising team and held events ranging from a wine tasting at Greystone Public House to knitting high-end hats with big fur pom-poms. "It was amazing to see all the support, and it speaks volumes about our community.''
Overall, the Society's Man and Woman of the Year campaign raised $561,000 and the Student of the Year Campaign raised $281,000. Former PennDOT secretary Barry Schoch was named 2018 Man of the Year after raising $81,000.
Both Jola and Mia said when Bill Rothman was diagnosed with cancer, they wanted to help in a meaningful way.
"The campaign allowed me to have the power to fight back against something that has caused so much pain,'' said Mia Rothman, who, with her team, organized a host of events including fundraisers at Twin Ponds and a Spin for the Cure at H2L Studio in Mechanicsburg. "Watching someone suffer from cancer is something no one should ever have to witness.''
As part of the campaigns, for every $50,000 raised, the fundraiser can name the grant in someone's honor and decide the kind of research it will fund. Jola and Mia intend to name a grant for Bill Rothman, which will allow him to choose the study and receive updates on the progress.
Jola Rothman said she would name another grant in honor of Emilia Dameshek, a family friend who was a seventh grader at New Cumberland Middle School when she died from cancer in 2016.
Bill Rothman said he was moved by the outpouring of support and wanted to thank everyone that took part.
"It was an amazing effort, and I feel blessed to have the love and support of my family and so many friends,'' Bill Rothman said. "Cancer is hurting too many people and their families, and I hope the money Jola and Mia raised speeds the day when there is finally a cure.''
RSR President Jamie Berrier said when Bill Rothman was diagnosed with cancer, everyone at the company wanted to help and immediately embraced Jola and Mia's campaigns. Looking for ways to better the community is a priority at RSR, which this year kicked off its "12 Months of Giving" campaign that focuses on a different charitable organization every month to support.
"Bill Rothman always looks for ways to help, whether its spending time with new agents to supporting important causes in our community,'' said RSR President Jamie Berrier. "Supporting cancer research through Jola and Mia's fundraisers was the perfect way for RSR to honor Bill, celebrate his recovery and make a difference.''