Leukemia & Lymphoma Society name Man & Woman of the Year

This year's group of Man & Woman of the Year finalists. Kat Hurd and Wes Gullett, center, were this year's winners of the award.

This year’s group of Man & Woman of the Year finalists. Kat Hurd and Wes Gullett, center, were this year’s winners of the award.

Former Phoenix mayoral candidate Wes Gullett and former “Bachelor” reality star contestant Kat Hurd earned the titles of Man & Woman of the Year during the Grand Finale of the Arizona Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Wes Gullett accepts his award for Man of the Year.

Wes Gullett accepts his award for Man of the Year.

The event was held June 12 at Talking Stick Resort and Casino in Scottsdale.

For the past 10 weeks, 15 Valley leaders committed to raising funds for cancer research in honor of two local children and cancer survivors who were named Boy & Girl of the Year.

Each dollar raised over the course of the 10-week campaign counted as a vote and Gullett, Hurd and their campaign teams combined to raise more than $209,000.

The combined effort all of the candidates raised a record-breaking $574,122.

Kat Hurd accepts her Woman of the Year Award.

Kat Hurd accepts her Woman of the Year Award.

“The dedication and perseverance of our candidates was astonishing,” said Jim Brewer, executive director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Arizona Chapter.

“Not only did they create awareness about blood cancers but, more importantly, raised significant funds to continue the fight to find life-saving cures. This year’s campaign exceeded all of our expectations and financial goals and we are so thankful for everyone who contributed.”

2015 Man & Woman of the Year Candidates:

Ian Danley, Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy

Darren Duran, Lost at C

Wes Gullett, OH Strategic Communications

Nikki Hellwig, Foxtree Social

Kat Hurd, Boston Scientific

Stephanie Koplan, Staples

Aaron Lebovitz, CareNational

Brint Morrow, Putnam Investments

Jennifer Sanchez, Urias Communications

Cynthia Sassi, FabAZ.com

Katelyn Saunders, ACN

Liz Scott, Catalyst Media Design

Anthony Vay, CertaPro Painters

Antonya Williams, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Jen Wong, Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix

The Boy & Girl of the Year for 2015 are leukemia survivors Dylan Praskins and Karley Sichmeller, both 6 years old and in remission.

The campaign enjoyed excellent support from the local business community, including Presenting Sponsor Talking Stick Resort & Casino, Auction Sponsor Nova Home Loans and Impact Sponsors UFCW Local #99 and Henkel.

Proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s investments in life-saving blood cancer research and support of patients and their families. LLS has invested more than $1 billion in research since 1949 and currently has five active research projects in Arizona.

LLS has been active in Arizona since 1963, raising funds through a variety of statewide events and campaigns under the guidance of a local Board of Trustees. Since 1999, LLS has invested nearly $6.1 million in 15 Arizona-based research projects. Between July 2012 and June 2014, LLS also distributed nearly $2.5 million in direct financial assistance to Arizona families battling blood cancers.

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