LLS Man/Woman of the Year Candidates for HackCancer

Vishal Gurbuxani LLS Kids

Vishal Gurbuxani

2015 Man of the Year Candidate 

Anjou LLS Kids

Anjou Ahlborn

2014 Woman of the Year Winner

Steve Chen LLS Kids

Steve Chen

2013 Man of the Year Winner

HackCancer Founding Members

Steve Chen, Chairman | Anjou Ahlborn, 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
  • Jonathan Teo
  • 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. 




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. Over the past 2 years, they have raised almost $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. This will be HackCancer's third year participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man/Woman of the Year fundraising competition with their 2015 Man of the Year candidate, Vishal Gurbuxani. 




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