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

We are thrilled to be bringing this exciting, mission-driven campaign back to Washington, DC in 2016 for our
25th Annual Man & Woman of the Year Campaign!

Are you interested in getting involved or nominating a candidate for the 2016 campaign?
Please contact Claudia Lay at 703-399-2929 or
for more information.


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Congratulations to our 2015 Man & Woman of the Year
Kevin Rohalmin & Katie Simmons Hickey and to all of our 2015 candidates who raised a record-breaking $1,810,930!

2015 Candidates

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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.

Meet the 2016 Man & Woman of the Year Candidates

Erica Andrew

Carl Bedell
Bedell, PLLC

Jennifer Brody
Cushman & Wakefield

John Brookbank
Cisco Systems

Tim DeWispelaere
Key Bank

Brittany Edelmann

Katherine Ferguson
Cooley LLP

Tish Few
WAMU 88.5 American University

Chris Itteilag
Long & Foster / Christie's International Real Estate

Homaira Karimi
Capgemini/Kennedy & Company

Leigh Kirchner
Great American Restaurants

Vanessa McDonald
Washingtonian Magazine

Kathleen Moore

Diva Nagula

Rob Reich
Wells Fargo Advisors

Tracy Robinson
Rain Salon

John Saldana
NARS Cosmetics

Julie Smith
Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Christine Thayer
Thayer Clinical Psychology Services LLC

Steve Wells
DLT Solutions

Patty Werthmann

Matthew Windsor
Discovery Communications

Diane Zanetti
Capital One


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