LRF Patient Education & Support
Kids' Party for Pediatric Blood Cancer Patients
In 1946, the Leukemia Research Foundation was established in Chicago to memorialize 12-year-old Sherwin Pessin. Leukemia was a well-known but not well-understood disease. For Sherwin, as well as thousands of other children and adults, there was no hope and no possibility for a cure.
Since that time 69,years ago, the Leukemia Research Foundation has proudly raised more than $62,million.
The Leukemia Research Foundation is dedicated to conquering all blood cancers by funding research into their causes and cures, and enriching the quality of life of those touched by these diseases.
Based on recommendations from our prestigious Medical Advisory Board, the LRF provides research grants to scientists around the world. The LRF exclusively funds New Investigators - individuals who are beginning to establish their own laboratories and are no longer under the tutelage of a senior scientist mentor., These one year grants are $100,000 each, an impressive amount that allows innovative scientists to act on their ideas, and try new procedures and experiments that will lead to significant breakthroughs.
Over the years, the LRF has funded hundreds of research scientists and projects on five different continents with our exclusive focus on New Investigators.
The LRF’s Patient Financial Assistance Program,provides support to patients and families struggling under the financial burden of a blood cancer diagnosis. The Program alleviates expenses not covered by insurance that may include doctor visits and co-pays, hospital care, laboratory work, prescription expenses, and germ-free lodging for transplant recipients.
The LRF conducts educational and support programs for patients, family members, caregivers and medical professionals. These conferences, including the Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference, the Town Hall Meeting, and Town Hall Meeting in Spanish, are offered free of charge or registration. They provide opportunities for direct dialogue between patients and prominent hematology/oncology and transplant specialists to discuss treatment options and procedures.
View more information about LRF’s history and strategy.