The National Capital Area Chapter
Man & Woman of the Year Campaign


We are thrilled to announce our winners of the
25th Annual Man & Woman of the Year Campaign!

Man of the Year: John Brookbank*
Woman of the Year: Christine Thayer*

First Runners-Up: Diva Nagula and Katherine Ferguson

Second Runners-Up: Carl Bedell and Julie Zimmet Smith

*John Brookbank and Christine Thayer were also the national First Runners-Up!

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Congratulations to all our 2016 Man & Woman of the Year candidates who raised a record-breaking $2.2 million!!!!!

2016 Grand Finale

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Campaign 2016
Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic, passionate candidates engage in a spirited ten-week fundraising competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Man & Woman of the Year" titles, by raising funds for blood cancer research. Our exciting 2016 campaign will begin with a Kick Off Celebration on Thursday, March 24, 2016. The fundraising competition will culminate with a celebration of everyone's efforts at the black-tie Grand Finale Gala on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC.

The Candidates 
The ideal candidates are community and business leaders who are philanthropic, ambitious, socially active, resourceful, goal oriented, and passionate about making a difference in the lives of people suffering from blood cancers. Their unstoppable ambition drives them to fundraise in a very large-scale capacity with record-breaking results.

The Honorees                          
Candidates raise funds in honor of the Boy and Girl of the Year. These are local cancer survivors and sources of inspiration for the candidates and their teams. The 2016 honorees are Emma Baker and Michael Erlandson. Emma, age eight, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at four years old. She loves drawing, traveling, and playing football with her family. She successfully finished treatment in 2014. Michael, age eight, was diagnosed with ALL in 2014. His journey has been long, but nothing has kept him from smiling. He loves playing baseball with his buddies. Michael expects to finish treatment in 2017.

The Reason

Every three minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer and every nine minutes someone loses their battle.  LLS is the world's largest national voluntary health organization dedicated to curing blood cancers improving the quality of life of patients.  Fortunately, there is hope for a future free of blood cancers.

Are you interested in getting involved?
Please contact Lindsey Adkins at
Lindsey.Adkins@lls.org or 703.399.2912
for more information.

Meet the 2016 Man & Woman of the Year Candidates


Erica Andrew
Kforce



Jennifer Brody
Cushman & Wakefield



Tim DeWispelaere
Key Bank



Brittany Edelmann
Zscaler



Tish Few
WAMU 88.5 American University



Daniel Flores
Board of Trade



Chris Itteilag
Washington Fine Properties



Homaira Karimi
Optime Realty



Leigh Kirchner
Great American Restaurants



Vanessa McDonald
Washingtonian Magazine



Kathleen Moore
Galderma



Rob Reich
Wells Fargo Advisors



Tracy Robinson
Rain Salon



John Saldana
NARS Cosmetics



Patty Werthmann
Plex



Matthew Windsor
Marriott International



Sinan Wolf-Gazo
Bank of America



Diane Zanetti
Capital One


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