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Zombie Leader Todd Zavorskas raises big bucks for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

For
the past 25 years, I have raised over $192,000 for The
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
.In late 2013, I founded
my own upstart, Zombie Leader, as a vehicle
to fundraise for LLS and other charities. 
I now cosplay and fundraise at comic conventions throughout New England
and have the support of many promoters and fans.  What began as non-descript zombie cosplays
have evolved into well-known comic and pop culture icons.  I now use cosplay and photo ops as a
fundraising means and am often an invited cosplay guest at shows.  Unlike comics and movies, medical doctors and
researchers fighting cancers and other diseases are the real superheroes as are
the patients fighting for survival. Zombie Leader raises monies to help
eradicate blood and other cancers.

I
have found the fundraising aspect of cosplaying to be both fun and
worthwhile.  I have met some incredible
fellow costumers as well as giving donors in my travels.   It’s great meeting new people and spreading
the need for charitable giving.  I am a
proponent of cosplay in the community.  When
I am now at a convention, it is also not uncommon for some of the talent to
take a picture with the LLS banner and me. 
These pictures reach the talents’ fans thus increasing Zombie Leader’s
charitable reach.  Since founding Zombie
Leader, over 85K has been raised for local and national charities at
conventions & through auctions including The LLS CT-WHV Chapter’s Man &
Woman of the Year Dinner.

Starting four
years ago, I struck up a collaboration and friendship with Gerry Gladston, COO
of Midtown Comics.   Gerry approached me with the idea of having
LLS be the first participant and donor recipient of a Midtown Comic online
sale.  Once approved, Zombie Leader gathered
a group of fellow cosplayers & a photographer and headed down to Time
Square.  Every March, the annual
pilgrimage to Midtown occurs for promotion of this charitable sale.  We spend an hour shooting cosplayers with
Gerry throughout the store to promote their products and the sale.  The reception at the store from the regular
customers that happen to stumble across our shoot has always been positive as
has the feedback on social media during each year’s promotion.  Gerry and Midtown Comics have donated nearly
12K the first three years.  We are
looking forward to adding to that total for this year’s sale, which starts on
March 13th (ironically my birthday). 

This
cause is dear to me because my grandmother, Anne Zavorskas, passed away several
years ago from Hodgkin’s disease–a form of leukemia. Also, many years ago, my
mentor’s son, Ryan Hurley, had a recurrence of leukemia, which he was first
diagnosed with at the age of three. He died at the age of 19.  Unfortunately, leukemia causes more deaths
than any other cancer in children under the age of 20. These instances led me
to my desire to donate time and money to this particular charity.  In 2016, I was a Man of the Year Candidate for
the LLS CTWHV Chapter and raised 25K in ten weeks.    All of my hard work and dedication to the cause
has earned me the 2000 prestigious LLS “Unsung Hero” Award as well as
the 2005 Mid-Fairfield County American Red Cross “Unsung Hero” award
for my charitable work, both of which I deeply appreciate.  I also received the 2016 Campaign Innovation
Award from LLS for incorporating geekdom into my Man of the Year Campaign
successfully.  These recognitions are
humbling and I appreciate recognition of years of hard work and charitable
giving.  Please consider buying from
Midtown Comics online for this particular sale and cause,

Todd
Zavorskas, Founder

Zombie
Leader

To
find out more about my cosplay and charitable endeavors, please check out the
following:
CALL Auction, Zombie Leader FB, Zombie Leader IG; Zombie Leader Twitter.