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 Board of Directors

Steve Chen, Advisor | Anjou Ahlborn, President | Neil Kay | Jen Bradburn | Toni Alejandria |  Tatiana Petkova | Brendan Norman | Jimmy Ku | Nada E | Kunal Sood

HackCancer Committee Leads

  • Alexa Alejandria, Graphics and Swag
  • Erica Becks, Event Ops
  • Jessica Choate, Event Ops, Small Business Sponsorships
  • Bashir Eghbali, Corporate Sponsorships
  • Amanda Emmerson, Corporate Sponsorships
  • Mykella Mulloy, Member Ops, Small Business Sponsorships
  • Ann Murray, PR
  • Irina P. Petkova, Twitter/LinkedIn
  • Michael Paim, Video Content
  • Sara Plummer, Fitness
  • Alicia Raisinghani, VC/CEO Auction
  • Krishna Subramanian, MWOY Campaign
  • Sunil Verma, MWOY Campaign
  • Beth Whaley, Finance
  • Jess Gurskis, Instagram

HackCancer Team Members

  • Abtin Rostamian
  • Adel F
  • Alexa Alejandria
  • Amanda Rothstein
  • Amy Lenz
  • An Mo
  • Ananda Neil
  • Anne-Marie Gan
  • Athena Palombi
  • Bashir E
  • Ben Kaplan
  • Brendan Norman
  • Bryan Parker
  • Caroline Jordan
  • Charles Yim
  • Courtney Faber
  • Damon Bruce
  • Danielle Hake
  • David Kim
  • Elise Anderson
  • Emil DeFrancesco
  • Emily Sue
  • Jason Will
  • Jean Francois Carton
  • Jena Davis
  • Jennifer Tzeng
  • Jessica Collette 
  • Jonathan Teo
  • Josh Rasmussen
  • Kartik Dadwal
  • Kristen Eckert 
  • Kym McNicholas
  • Larry Wong
  • Lily Mak
  • Lona Alia Duncan
  • Marissa Masangcay
  • Marques Lopez
  • Michael Kaney
  • Monique Anderson
  • Myriah Johnson
  • Neej Gore
  • Nicholas Bilotti 
  • Olya Rostov
  • Renil Zachariah
  • Rory Cleary
  • Sachin Dhingra
  • Sara Plummer
  • Sarah Austin
  • Sarah Louise Clifford
  • Sean Conway
  • Shruthi Reddy
  • Stefan Ski 
  • Tatiana Petkova
  • Tim Hwang
  • Ward Sorrick
  • Yasmeen Drummond
  • Zak Holdsworth

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