Leukemia Lymphoma Society hosts Man & Woman of the Year finale

Over 1 million Americans and 23,000 Arizonans currently battle blood cancers. Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with a form of blood cancer and every 10 minutes someone loses their battle.

Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic, passionate candidates engage in a spirited 10-week competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Man & Woman of the Year” titles, by raising funds for blood cancer research and patient support.

Arizona’s candidates will be crowned during a final event planned June 12 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale.

Man & Woman of the Year candidates are goal-oriented and compassionate. Last year’s campaign raised more than $432,000 and “Man of the Year” Chuck Hauff of Snell & Wilmer raised more than $100,000 in honor of his brother Don, who passed away from Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia a few months after the campaign closed.

The 2015 Grand Finale honors the Man & Woman who raises the most funds over the past 10 weeks.

Candidates’ efforts will be celebrated with food, cocktails, music, auction, and announcement of the Man and Woman of the Year.  Guests will have the opportunity to connect with 500 top industry leaders/movers and shakers in the community, to see patients and cancer survivor cross the stage with fundraisers whose work makes research possible.

Candidates are creating memorable experiences for their donors through their own personal connections. The FabAZ.com owner and candidate threw a Celebrity Brunch; a Bachelorette Premiere Viewing party was held by a former Bachelorette herself; an “Ad Auction” at Bluemedia brought together the marketing industry in Arizona; and the upcoming “Barbells for Lymph nodes” Cross Fit competition will celebrate health in honor of a candidate who is also a cancer survivor.

To donate to candidates, visit http://www.mwoy.org/az/localchapter/events.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with registration and a silent auction. The program begins at 6:15 p.m.

For tickets, contact Naomi Martinez at Naomi.Martinez@lls.org or call 602-567-7612 for more information.

Talking Stick Resort is located at 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale.

Event chairs are Kiki Cordero and Adrian Gastelum.

Current 2015 Man & Woman of The Year Candidates:

Nikki Hellwig – Foxtree Social

Kat Hurd Boston Scientific  –  Former Contestant on ABC’s The Bachelor

Stephanie Koplan – Staples

Aaron Lebovitz – CareNational

Brint Morrow – AXA Distributors

Jennifer Sanchez – Urias Communications

Cynthia Sassi – FabAZ.com

Katelyn Saunders – ACN

Jen Wong (Schade)  – Banner University Medical Center, Phoenix

Anthony Vay – CertaPro Painters

Antonya Williams – McCarthy Building Companies, Inc

Liz Scott – Catalyst Media Design

Wes Gullett – OH Strategic Communications

Darren Duran – Lost at C

Ian Danley – Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy

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

LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.  http://www.lls.org/aboutlls/chapters/az/

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