Mary Jo Dougherty Named LLS Woman of the Year

Congratulations to McGeady Becher shareholder, Mary Jo Dougherty, who was recently named The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Rocky Mountain Woman of the Year in recognition of her amazing fundraising efforts that yielded nearly $240,000 for blood cancer research and critical services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

Every three minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer – that’s over 170,000 people each year. In September 2013, Dougherty’s life changed overnight when she became a part of that statistic. What she believed to be pain caused by a sports injury turned out to be multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow where they crowd out healthy blood cells. The cancer had eaten away Dougherty’s L3 vertebrae, requiring immediate surgery before she could begin chemotherapy, and then a stem cell treatment followed in July of 2014.

While multiple myeloma is treatable, it is not curable. Following her stem cell treatment, Dougherty was in remission for over a year, but in November of 2015 her cancer markers started rising. She is now enrolled in a clinical trial in an effort to keep the cancer at bay, and her markers continue to bounce up and down. In the meantime, Dougherty has returned to her active lifestyle, and spends as much time as possible skiing, windsurfing, hiking, and enjoying her young grandchildren.

Dougherty was honored to be nominated as a candidate for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Man & Woman of the Year Campaign, a spirited ten-week fundraising competition among a group of 17 leaders from across the greater Denver area. Dougherty has never been comfortable asking others for money, but in the midst of so much uncertainty surrounding her own health, she knows that funding LLS research to develop new treatments is the way we will find cures for all those battling not just blood cancers, but other cancers as well. In fact, almost half of the new therapies approved by the FDA from 2000 to 2012 to treat all types of cancers were first approved for blood cancer patients.

At the conclusion of the ten-week Man & Woman of the Year fundraising campaign, the 17 Rocky Mountain region candidates collective raised almost $850,000 for the LLS, far exceeding the regional goal of $700,000. These funds will be invested in leading-edge research that investigates the causes of blood cancers, seeks better therapies, and provides information and services to patients and their families.

Dougherty and her fundraising team raised $239,833 for the LLS, the most among all the Rocky Mountain candidates, and nearly 30% of the regional total. At the Grand Finale Gala at the Denver Marriott City Center on Saturday, May 20, 2017, Dougherty was named the LLS Rocky Mountain Woman of the Year.

Founded in 1949, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkins disease, and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Nationally, the funds generated through Man & Woman of the Year, along with all other annual campaigns, have helped the LLS to invest more than $1 billion in blood cancer research since 1954, and fund approximately $80 million in cutting-edge research annually, with a current multi-year investment plan of $286.4 million. The LLS also assists blood cancer patients by providing $49.2 million in copay assistance, providing education programs to patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers, connecting patients and survivors for one to one peer support, and sponsoring monthly support groups that provide both peer and professional counseling.

For more information, contact:

Claudia Miller
Firm Administrator
McGeady Becher
450 E. 17th Avenue, Suite 400
Denver, CO 80203
303-592-4380

 

Emily Murphy Joins McGeady Becher 

March 7, 2016…DENVER, COLORADO…McGeady Becher, the leading legal advisor for special district projects in Colorado, is pleased to announce that Emily Murphy has become an associate of the Firm effective as of March 7, 2016. Ms. Murphy’s practice will emphasize special districts, municipal finance, municipal law, and real estate.

Prior to joining McGeady Becher, Ms. Murphy worked as in-house legal counsel for an insurance company, where she was responsible for drafting, negotiating and reviewing essential business contracts, and assisting with the risk management of businesses across a broad range of industries. Ms. Murphy is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

For more information, contact:

Claudia Miller
Firm Administrator
McGeady Becher
450 E. 17th Avenue, Suite 400
Denver, CO 80203
303-592-4380


McGeady Sisneros Announces Firm Name Change to McGeady Becher

December 1, 2015…DENVER, COLORADO…McGeady Sisneros, the leading legal advisor for special district projects in Colorado, is proud to announce the Firm’s name change to McGeady Becher.

MaryAnn McGeady, Megan Becher, and Mary Jo Dougherty are shareholders of the nine-attorney firm that, since 1988, has successfully worked on many of the most complex development and redevelopment projects in Denver and throughout the state of Colorado. Concurrent with the name change, the Firm is pleased to announce the promotion of Elisabeth Cortese, Cassia Furman and Paula Williams to Senior Associates.

Shareholder Megan Becher says, “These changes to the Firm come at a very exciting time in the Colorado real estate industry, and McGeady Becher looks forward to moving into its next chapter with energy equal to that driving the development market and its thriving client base.”

McGeady Becher specializes in special district organization, representation, and public finance, developing creative strategies and solutions to ensure projects are successfully structured and communities are poised to thrive. The Firm remains committed to providing the highest standard of excellence in client service and quality work, which is demonstrated by the Firm’s responsiveness, communication, fairness and integrity.

Reflecting the Firm’s continued focus on special districts, their website and email addresses have been updated to: www.specialdistrictlaw.com. Our previous email addresses will also continue to work for a period of time.

For more information, contact:

Claudia Miller
Firm Administrator
McGeady Becher
450 E. 17th Avenue, Suite 400
Denver, CO 80203
303-592-4380