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Orange County Inland Empire MWOY




Grand Finale Celebration J O I N T H E C E L E B R AT I O N


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THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY PRESENTS MAN & WOMAN OF THE YEAR. This campaign consist of a select group of individuals, from different locations and walks of life, coming together for a greater purpose: curing cancer. Candidates in these philanthropic competitions form powerful fundraising teams to help them find innovative ways of fueling The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) goal to end blood cancer. With their teammates behind them, this exceptional group competes in honor of two local blood cancer survivors for the prestigious title of Man or Woman of the Year. We are one family. Connected by blood. Driven to find cures



Good Evening, On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), welcome to the Orange County & Inland Empire Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale. I am thrilled to congratulate each candidate and team member on their tremendous efforts and feel privileged to celebrate such a dedicated group of people raising funds on behalf of our patients. Our volunteers share a connection to the mission of LLS and are vital to the important work of our organization. The Man & Woman of the Year campaign has grown tremendously through the efforts of an amazing leadership team, and I thank each one of you for your hard work and dedication in helping us reach great success. This evening, you will meet our Boy & Girl of the Year - Ezekiel & Rosie Jane, whom each candidate has participated in honor of. Tonight, we pay tribute to Ezekiel & Rosie Jane, as well as all those touched by blood cancers. Our patients give us reason to never give up in our pursuit of finding cures for blood cancers. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has helped millions impacted by cancer through our more than 70-year history, funding breakthrough research to advance lifesaving treatments and cures, and providing support and advocacy for patients. With our investment of more than $1.5 Billion in research since we started in 1949, we are leaders in advancing breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics, and personalized medicine. More than 70 years of fighting blood cancers has led us to a game-changing mission: to cure Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Thank you for joining the battle. Best of luck to all our 2022 candidates! Sincerely, Kathlene Seymour Executive Director, Southern California– Hawaii Region


Our 2022 Leadership Team is made up of an extraordinary group of community and business leaders committed to making an impact on the LLS Mission. Together this team nominated a dynamic class of candidates who are well connected in their communities and relentless in their efforts to raise funds to find cures for blood cancers. Thank you!


Pranav Parekh-- Chair Datastax Angela Fleishman, MD UC Irvine Health Cedric Williams SoCal Gas Chris Wilno Guaranteed Rate, Inc. Leon Cristobal City of Hope Sean Magee The Garland Company US Marine Corps Colonel (retired) Tedd Barr Converze Media Group Dr. Van Huynh Children’s Hospital Orange County


Ezekiel B-Cell ALL Fullerton, CA

Ezekiel was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in 2019. He has remained strong throughout his entire treatment, no matter how difficult it got. Ezekiel is now 4 and just completed his treatment in February of this year. He loves cheering on the Chargers, eating In and Out French fries (well done), and enjoys watching Toy Story 4 and Cars on repeat. We are so happy to have him as our 2022 Orange County Inland Empire Boy of the Year!


Rosie Jane B-Cell ALL Yorba Linda, CA

Rosie Jane was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in 2020. She has stayed resilient throughout her treatment and is currently in the maintenance phase of chemotherapy. Rosie Jane is a super gal who loves superheroes, chocolate and brownies, and her pet bunnies! She enjoys riding both her scooter and bike and loves jumping on the trampoline. We are so happy to have her as our 2022 Orange County Inland Empire Girl of the Year!

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Club Members

The 5K Club is a group of exemplary team members who raise $5,000 or more for their candidate teams during the 10-week competition. 5K Club members greatly advance their team’s progress towards their goal and demonstrate how all participants can make a significant impact.

Dave Elder *List represents team members who reached $5,000 by June 1st

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2022 Man & Woman of the Year


Alexis Ruiz Alexis graduated from Cal State Fullerton in May 2022, she studied Child and Adolescent Development with a concentration on Family and Community Contexts. Her next education endeavor is Pre-HealthPost-Baccalaureate program at Cal State Fullerton and then she will move onto medical school. She is a future doctor with a passion for children, public health, and underfunded communities. Alexis wants to be a pediatric oncologist and has already started her desire to make a difference by volunteering with LLS for the last two years. This year Alexis was President of Cal State Fullerton Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Club and a volunteer at Children’s of Los Angeles. Alexis loves traveling, music concerts, and planning events.

Lovella Sullivan “Having lost my father to cancer, and now fighting alongside my mother’s cancer diagnosis it is important to me that we raise awareness for those we have lost and those still fighting. Wouldn’t it be amazing to say that you were part of the solution that stomped out cancer?” Lovella Sullivan is the Communications Manager at IEHP and owns her own business Marketing Solutions. She wants to make a large impact to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and bring awareness to LLS in the High Desert. Lovella relaxes by spending time with her husband, cooking and taking care of her five dogs and horses.

Over the last five years, LLS helped advance 75% of the almost 100 FDA-approved blood cancer treatment options.

2022 Man & Woman of the Year


Oksana Lukash Oksana is a busy wife, mother and VP, People and Culture at Oncocyte Corporation. In her People and Culture role she is passionate, organized and a pleasure. Oksana wants to be a “go-to” servant leader and Oksana likes to work at companies that make a difference. She is a generous volunteer at Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Dee Dee Jackson Foundation as a Member of their Board of Directors, serves on Board of Directors for Orange County Employment Management and volunteers at Orange County Ronald McDonald House. Oksana loves travel and plays.

LLS Has invested more than $1.3 billion in cutting edge cancer research since 1949

Trevor Howard After receiving a Stem Cell transplant Trevor is in remission. “I am endlessly grateful for my story that I get to share and all that were by my side along the way. Everyone has a different experience through their battle with Cancer. For me, it is the hardest thing I have ever had to face but has been the most rewarding. During my journey, I found success through my faith, maintaining a positive outlook and finding humor in the things that got me down. I learned how healing laughter can be. In life, when we can find humor in tough situations, I believe we take back control over that situation. We still have a chance to take back control over Cancer” Trevor wanted to make a large influence at Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with his 10-week campaign. Trevor credits his wife, parents, family, friends and comedy with his remission. Trevor works at The Reinforced Earth Company as a Project Coordinator.

2022 Man & Woman of the Year


Valerie M. Sargent Valerie is President of Valerie M. Sargent and Yvette Poole and Associates, she is an author, trainer, and speaker. She has twenty-five years in the multifamily industry. Valerie is certified in Level I & II TalentSmart Emotional Trainer, she partners with corporations, teams, and individuals to improve communication and performance. Valerie wants to make a difference in the cancer community after the loss of her nephew. Valerie has fundraised for LLS before but this year she was nominated for Woman of the Year by her dear friend Lila. Valerie has been an entrepreneur since 2005. She enjoys, traveling, hiking, visiting her mom and enjoying friends.

More than 1/3 of blood cancer patients do not survive 5 years after their diagnosis.

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Thank You SUZANNE RICHARDS AND ALL THE #MWOY DONORS WHO CAME TOGETHER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! I believe by coming together we can find a way. We just have to commit to being the catalyst for success. Lovella Sullivan 2022 MWOY Candidate

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Mike Shumard  Vice President, Sphere 1 Inc.  Fundraising Auctioneer – Host – Consultant

Mike Shumard grew up in the nonprofit industry and has fundraising in his blood. Throughout his career he has directly raised millions of dollars for amazing causes across the country. He has successfully served as the Executive Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and OCIE Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.   Mike’s love for live auctions and making a difference led him to start his auctioneering career in 2008. Passion, energy, and experience are the three keys to Mike’s auctioneering success. Mike commits to every nonprofit he works with, to ensure no dollar is left behind.  

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2021 Man & Woman of the Year

Leon Cristobal

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2021 Alumni All Star

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