Cancer fighters name candidates for man, woman of year

LLS program aimed at raising money to battle blood diseases

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Wisconsin Chapter has announced the Milwaukee 2018 Man & Woman of the Year Candidates. The nine candidates and one all-star are a group of diverse and passionate men and women who hope to help create a cancer-free world through fundraising campaigns.

After 10 weeks, the candidates who raise the most money will be awarded the title of Man and Woman of the year.

The 2018 Candidates

Jennifer Adair is a hematology clinical account specialist at Pharmacyclics. Her campaign is in honor of her father, David.

Tracey Dent is an activist and the CEO and founder of Peace for Change Alliance.

Dario Icardi is an account manager at Medtronic. His campaign is in honor of his cousin Andrew Ferrell, who died of leukemia in 2001.

Justin Ippoliti is a real estate agent with Shorewest Realtors and former Milwaukee Public Schools teacher.

Jason Schrader is an advanced energy specialist at Medtronic. In August of 2013, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 30.

Jane Stein is an account manager at Milwaukee Magazine.

Katie Smith is a business developer at HGA Architects and Engineers. She lost a grandmother, Ruth, and a niece, Anna, to cancer.

Sequanna Taylor is Milwaukee County’s 2nd District county supervisor. She serves as the vice chair of the Health and Human Needs Committee.

Christopher Weiger is a personal trainer at the Wisconsin Athletic Club.

The 2018 All-Star Candidate is a former Man or Woman of the Year candidate, ”chosen to represent their local market as the All Star Alumnus for the fiscal year,” according to the LLS website.

This year, the All-Star Candidate is Bruce Spann. Spann is president and CEO of Spann & Associates, LLC.

The campaigns will end June 9, and all money raised will go to supporting the mission of LLS, which is to cure blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.