Tori Santos says F$#K CANCER in Her Quest for Woman of the Year
Tori Santos was living her best life in Los Angeles when she got a call from her brother that would change everything. “Mom has cancer.” Tori caught the next flight out to see her mother, and within three weeks she had packed up her life and moved to San Antonio. After a hard battle, her mother Deborah Kalmus, has now beaten Leukemia not once, but twice since 2010. But it has forever impacted Tori and her family.
Blood cancers are increasingly common, and severely under researched. But the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is fighting to change that, and Tori has joined the fight. She knows what it’s like to literally live in a hospital, watch her mother’s organs fail, pray for a bone marrow match, and collapse with relief as her mother once again comes back from the brink of death. When leukemia glared menacingly in her face, Tori’s mother took it head on and said “F*ck Cancer.” In celebration of this badass woman, Tori has teamed up with other badass broads in San Antonio to raise awareness, money and hell in their fight against this deadly disease through their F$#K CANCER event at Still Golden Social House. On May 18, Tori and her squad will take over Still Golden on Broadway with a fun and festive celebration of life. She has partnered with some of the most influential female chefs in the city to host an LLS Luau complete with a pig roast, vegan sliders and craft tiki cocktails. (Food will be $10 a plate.)
Because of her connection to the cause and her community involvement in San Antonio, Tori was approached by the LLS leadership board to campaign for Woman of the Year. Her goal is to raise $75k for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and she’s almost halfway there. With the proceeds from the F$#K CANCER luau, she’s hoping to hit the $50k mark and get a research grant in her mother’s name.
The event will be a celebration of strong women with an all-female chef and DJ line-up ready to put on a party with a purpose. Food and cocktails will be $8, and all of the proceeds will help LLS to fund research, patient support and treatments.
Who: Tori Santos – LLS Woman of the Year
Chef Lineup – Holley Dominguez, Monica De La O, Jennifer Cooley, Juliet Burley, Caitlin Regan
DJ Lineup – Cósmicaa, DJ Anita Boogie, Alyson Alonzo
What: F$#K CANCER Luau
Food will be $10 a plate.
When: May 18, Noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Still Golden Social House, 1900 Broadway Street
Why: To raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society