Man of the Year

Carmel Valley’s Gordon Cooke and Little Italy’s Katy Temple were named the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) San Diego chapter’s 2019 Man and Woman of the Year, respectively. Gordon and Katy, along with six other candidates, raised approximately $550,000 during the 10-week fundraising campaign to support LLS’s goal to find cures for blood cancers and ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments. Candidates and their campaign teams were judged solely on fundraising success, each dollar counting as one vote.

Gordon quickly became familiar with LLS after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2018. He is currently undergoing aggressive treatment, but has chosen to dedicate his time and efforts to LLS, along with his team Gordo’s Groupies. “These exceptional volunteers are all passionate and determined individuals, and leaders in their communities,” said Kathlene Seymour, LLS San Diego Executive Director. “Together, we are getting closer to LLS’s goal of a world without blood cancer.”

Founded in 1949, LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. Through programs like Man & Woman of the Year, LLS has invested more than $1.3 billion in research to advance breakthrough therapies. In 2017 and 2018 alone, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved 39 therapies to treat patients with blood cancers, including some new agents and some new uses for already approved drugs. LLS helped fund 34 of the 39 therapies. To learn more about LLS and how to get involved go to