Stephanie A. Bunce is a 17+ year employee with the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department.   Bunce has had several assignments throughout her career as a firefighter, paramedic and technician.  She is currently assigned to the Office of the Fire Marshal, Fire Investigations Division, as a Lieutenant on B shift.

Stephanie enjoys many activities while off-duty with her family and one of her most passionate is being a volunteer with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS), in particular, the Man & Woman of the Year Campaign.

Bunce and her family began working with LLS in 2015.  Bunce’s husband, Tom, a Sergeant with the Prince George’s County Police Department won the title of “Man of the Year” for 2015.  Her niece ran the following year and was crowned the “2016 Woman of the Year”.  Last year, her brother-in-law, who is a Corporal with the Prince George’s County Police Department, won the title as “Man of the Year for 2017”.  Her team, “Crushin’ Orange,” is now participating in its fourth year with this Campaign.  The past 3 years her team has raised just shy of $300,000.00!!!  This year they hope to break their record and raise $150,000.00 within the next several weeks.

Man of the Year 2015: Tom Bunce
Woman of the Year 2016: Emily Murray
Man of the Year 2017: John Bunce

Each year The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society launches it’s Man & Woman of the Year fundraising campaign.  The campaign is 10-weeks long running from March 30 – June 9.  “My personal goal is to raise $10, 000,” said Stephanie.  “These funds will go directly to LLS in support of its longstanding mission to find a cure for blood cancers and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.”

New hope to find a cure for blood cancers has never been greater.  Funds raised are really making a difference, but there is still a long way to go.  Cure rates for some forms of childhood leukemia have risen to nearly 90%, from 3% in 1960.  However, incidences of lymphoma are on the rise, and leukemia is still one of the leading disease killers of children in our country.

With your support, LLS can continue funding critical research as well as providing outstanding patient services.  Please know any amount will help; here are some examples of the difference you can make with your fully tax-deductible donation:

$1,000   Provides assistance for a year of PCR testing for a CML patient.

$500       helps defray the costs of treatment-related travel for a patient.

$300       Helps fund one week of LLS-sponsored group support for families dealing with blood

                Cancer treatment.

$100       covers the cost of one tissue-typing test used to identify a bone marrow donor.

$50         covers the cost of one CT scan.

And, you’ll feel great about your donation since 78% of LLS’s expenditures and 91% of the Man & Woman of the Year campaign funds go directly to LLS’s mission.  The way you can help make a difference is by donating online to my personal fundraising page at

To make a secure donation.  No amount is TOO small when dealing with this disease.  EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS!


Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson     @PGFDPIO