Business owner recognized by cancer society

A local business owner has been named the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's volunteer of the year.

Mike Tindol, the vice president of Allgood Pest Solutions, has raised more than $630,000 in his seven-year involvement with the organization, and beat out hundreds of other volunteers for LLS' 2010 honor.

"There is no one more deserving of this award than Mike Tindol," said Dick Brown, the executive director of LLS' Georgia chapter. "Mike has been a tireless advocate for our organization and has worked extremely hard to enhance our awareness in the pest control industry and our community."

Tindol first became involved with LLS when he inspired his company to play a part in the annual Light the Night Walk, an event in Atlanta used to raise money to fight blood cancer.

Tindol, then the president of the Georgia Pest Control Association, has since gotten more than 30 other GPCA member companies involved en route to raising large amounts of money for the cause.

"I am sincerely grateful for this recognition," Tindol said. "The efforts of our dedicated team at Allgood Pest Solutions and the wonderful relationships we enjoy with our clients and the partnership with the other GPCA companies has been the key to the success of our involvement."

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer, specifically leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma. LLS has raised more than $600 million for research since its founding in 1949.

Over the years, Tindol has been active with LLS' Light the Night Walk, its annual Strike Out Leukemia and Lymphoma Radiothon and the Rhubarb Jones Celebrity Golf Tournament.

"We are tremendously blessed to have Mike working for our cause," Brown said, "and join the hundreds of thousands of people fighting blood cancers in thanking him for his desire to make a positive difference in their lives."