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Visionaries of the Year Detroit
Visionaries of the Year Detroit

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Presents

Visionaries of the Year

Visionaries of the Year is philanthropic competition to support blood cancer research among a group of motivated and dedicated individuals in communities across the United States.  Candidates form powerful fundraising teams and compete in honor of two individuals who are blood cancer survivors. 

The candidate who raises the most funds during the ten-week campaign is awarded the prestigious title of Visionary of the Year in their community. The candidate who raises the most across the entire US will be recognized as the national Visionary of the Year.

Congratulations to all 2022 Man & Woman of the Year candidates and team members. We are currently accepting nominations for 2023 candidates. For additional information please contact your local LLS Region Staff Person.

Meet the Visionaries of the Year Detroit Candidates

Hudson Gazsi

Hudson 2023 Honored Hero

Mike Pietila

Mike Pietila

Christopher Keller

Christopher Keller

Mike Mikrut

Mike Mikrut

Local Leadership

Dr. Nnenna Mbabuike

Dr.Nnenna Mbabuike

Ascension Health
Jeff Hoekstra

Jeff Hoekstra

Greenleaf Trust
Erika Bruce

Erika Bruce

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Local Campaign Events

The Detroit Visionaries of the Year Kickoff Celebration will be held on Thursday, April 6th, 2023.
Midpoint Celebration
Event coming soon
The Detroit Visionaries of the Year Grand Finale Gala is a celebration that marks the conclusion of the campaign and celebrates the achievements of the individuals who participated in the campaign. This is a Black tie event and admission to the Gala is by invitation only. 


Sarah Belote

Campaign Development Director


Mobile: (248)581-3916


Nicole Kornijenko

Campaign Development Specialist


Office: (248)581-3895


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 

Michigan - Indiana Region

P.O. Box 772395

Detroit, MI 48277-2374