Founded in 2013, HackCancer is a group of philanthropic, young professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area who create fun events that bring together great people to raise awareness and funds for good causes. They have raised more than $500,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other cancer related non-profits. Their signature events include MadMen Cocktail Bash & Date Auction, the annual White Party at The W Hotel, and Mr/Ms Silicon Valley to name a few. Many notable accomplishments include the world's first Bitcoin fundraiser, online VC auction and World's largest Game of Thrones Party.

HackCancer Founding Members

Steve Chen, Chairman | Anjou Ahlborn Kay, President | Neil Kay | Toni Alejandria | Jimmy Ku | Nada Es | Kunal Sood

HackCancer Committee Leads

  • Sara Plummer Barnard - VIP Liaison
  • Michael Becerra - Contestants/Speakers Liaison
  • Courtney Cohan - Sponsorship
  • Nada Es - Charity Liaison
  • Marquesa Finch - Fund the Fight Lead  
  • Neil Kay - Operations
  • Dominique Kim - Newsletter Lead
  • Jimmy Ku - Mr|Ms Competition
  • Bri Lempesis - AV/Video Lead
  • Lily Mak - Check-In/Volunteers Lead 
  • Ann Murray - PR Lead
  • Brendan Norman - Photographer Liaison
  • Tatiana Norman - Event Vendor Operations
  • Nichole Ortiz - Timeline Coordinator
  • Nancy Reyes - Branding Lead
  • Latisha Taylor - Set up Lead 
  • Chris Tosswill - Tech Lead 
  • Katie Vaughn - Facebook and inbound comms 

HackCancer Legacy Members

  • Michael Kaney
  • Sarah Kaney
  • Dave Kim
  • Danielle Maybach
  • Kym McNicholas
  • Jennifer Tzeng 
  • Charles Yim
  • Alexa Alejandria
  • Jen Bradburn
  • Damon Bruce
  • Lona Carter
  • Connie Chan
  • Tim Chang
  • Neej Gore
  • Jared Heymen
  • Zak Holdsworth
  • Caroline Jordan


HackCancer General Members

Christina Anna, Ali Binazir, Lauren Buchman, Courtney Faber, Jessica Gurskis, Eric Jansen, Alyse Lanae, Kristen Melelani, Anacarmina Mariategue, Siya Mehtani, Amanda Murphy, Michael Paim, Roya Pakzad, Josh Rasmusun, Roger Royce, Heidi Smith, Lisa Vulkovich, David Wattell, Rachel Wolfson, Larry Wong, Renil Zachariah,


Find out more about becoming a HackCancer member. 


HackCancer Supported Candidates 


2015 Man of the Year

Vishal Gurbuxani


2017 Man & Woman of the Year

Doug Dalton

Amira Mourad



Since 1949, LLS has been dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.


The world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Founded in 1949, we are relentless in pursuit of our mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Investing in blood cancer research: LLS has invested more than $875 million in research, approximately $68.4 million in fiscal year 2012 alone. Programs like the Specialized Center of Research (SCOR), which brings together teams of scientists from different disciplines and our Translational Research Program, which funds research with a high probability of producing innovative patient treatments in an
accelerated time frame, have directly contributed to many breakthrough cancer treatments.


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year (MWOY) campaign is a fundraising competition in communities across the U.S. in which participants vie for the title of Man or Woman of the Year. They raise funds for blood cancer research in honor of local children who are blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year. The titles are awarded to the men and women in each community who raise the most funds during the ten-week campaign; the top local fundraisers in the country also win the national titles.

Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic, passionate candidates engage in a spirited competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Man & Woman of the Year” titles, by raising funds for blood cancer research. The candidates compete in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year. Every dollar counts as one vote, and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of ten weeks; the top local fundraisers in the country win the national titles.

Man & Woman candidates are goal-oriented and compassionate. Their relentless efforts are focused on making life better for hundreds of thousands of patients battling blood cancers: leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Funds raised by Man & Woman of the Year participants are used for:

  • Lifesaving blood cancer research
  • Financial assistance to cover patient expenses for transportation, medication and testing
  • Free educational materials and events for patients and their families
  • Local programs such as Family Support Groups and First Connection, a peer-to-peer counseling program
  • Comprehensive, personalized assistance through our Information Resource Center

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. No one under 21 will be admitted. Team HackCancer urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly. 

Neither the Hack_Cancer organization, its agents and assigns nor any other individual or organization either directly or indirectly involved in the planning or execution of the Date Auction or Silent Auction assume any responsibility whatsoever for the authenticity, condition, or description of any item offered. Hack_Cancer makes no warranty or guarantee. Values listed are as stated by donors as the fair market value of the item. Bidders will waive any claim for liability against Hack_Cancer or the donor and neither party is responsible for any personal injuries or damages that may result from the utilization of any property or services.