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

Congratulations to the 2014 National Capital Area Chapter Man & Woman of the Year candidates! The campaign concluded on June 14 and raised a record-breaking $1.63 million! Thanks to our candidates, team members and sponsors, we are $1.63 million closer to finding cures for blood cancers.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society congratulates our winners:

2014 Man of the Year
Gary DePreta
Gary DePreta
2014 Woman of the Year
Evelyn Smallwood
Are you interested in getting involved or nominating a candidate
for the 2015 campaign?
Contact Claudia Bahar at 703-399-2929

The Campaign

We are excited to once again begin inviting dynamic and passionate candidates to engage in a ten-week intensive fundraising competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Man & Woman of the Year" titles, by raising funds for blood cancer research. The 2015 campaign will kick off with a celebration on April 2, 2015.  The competition will culminate in a celebration of everyone's efforts at the Grand Finale Gala on Saturday, June 13. 

The Candidates

Ideal candidates are community based 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 ambition drives them to fundraise in a very large-scale capacity with record-breaking results.

                     2014 candidate gala

                                      Our amazing 2014 candidates

The Reason

Every three minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer.  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.

The Honorees

Candidates raise funds in honor of the Boy and Girl of the Year.  These are local cancer surviviors and sources of inspiration for the candidates and their teams.  The 2014 honorees were Rylie Richards and Vishav Chopra.  Rylie, age 8, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She completed treatment this summer, and hopes to one day fulfill her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Vishav, age 9 was diagnosed with leukemia when he was just 4 years old, and completed treatment in 2012.  Since then, he has been able to finally join his peers for playing in the snow, at the beach, or on the playground.


Special Thanks to our 2014 Presenting Sponsors:
Ted Britt Ford

Meet the 2015 Man & Woman of the Year Candidates

Keith Apton
UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Emily Baird

Theo Bell
Epic Consulting, LLC

Brandon Clay
David Yurman

Sarah Edwards

Leigh Genetti

Megan Imbert
Symantec Corporation

Tamara Jack

Ali Kavianpour

Katie Kelly
Montgomery County Public Schools

Stormy Knowles
U.S. Army

Lisa Maurer
BDO USA LLP Tours for Humanity

Josh McCabe
Clyde's Restaurant Group The Hamilton

Jessica Moore
The Walt Disney Company

Paul Mozzocci
WAMU 88.5 / American University

Megan Murray
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Scott Randolph

Kevin Rohalmin
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Christopher Ryan
K12 Inc.

Saman Salih
XO Communications

Christie Shell
Robert Half Technology

Katie Simmons Hickey
The Simmons Team George Mason Mortgage

Peter Webb


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