Microscope | August 2017



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LRF-funded Researcher a Leader in Immunotherapy

Immune-based therapies are changing the landscape of blood cancer treatments. One of the researchers contributing is Miriam Merad, M.D., Ph.D., Mount Sinai Professor in Cancer Immunology, Director of the Precision Immunology Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine, and Professor of Oncological Science and Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in New York.

Dr. Merad was funded by the Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF) in 2006/2007 for her research project titled Novel Immunotherapy Strategies for the Treatment of Graft Versus Host Disease. Dr. Merad’s important work was recently highlighted in the Spring 2017 issue of Mount Sinai Science and Medicine, published by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Learn more about Dr. Merad’s continued focus on immunotherapy and its possibilities by clicking here and going to page 10. Background on the research funded by the LRF can be found on the LRF website.

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Gene Therapy to Fight Leukemia Close to Approval

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) panel recommended that a new treatment that involves genetically altering a patient’s own cells to fight cancer be approved for use in the U.S. If adopted by the full F.D.A., it would be the first gene therapy to be approved in the U.S. market.

Read more on this exciting development here.


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Blood Cancer Awareness Month Begins September 1

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month and the LRF will be taking steps to help raise awareness! Next month, please visit the LRF’s website, social media channels and more. There will be stories and videos from patients, caregivers, nurses, researchers and their commitment to a cure.

Please be sure to visit www.allbloodcancers.org/blood-cancer-awareness-month and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube to see and share our messages of inspiration, hope and resolve. #14000Reasons

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Summer Successes Through Volunteers

Volunteers are the bedrock of the LRF. It was volunteers who created what became the LRF in 1946. It’s volunteers who govern the organization today and it’s volunteers who help the LRF host summer events that generate the funds needed to achieve our mission.

The Donald Davidson – Alan Brin Memorial Chapter of the LRF hosts a Raffle for Research event and Ski’s to Tee's event to not only raise funds but also build camaraderie and awareness of blood cancers and what the LRF is doing to fight the diseases.

The 23rd Annual ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk is the LRF’s signature event. Dozens of volunteers work on the day of the event and long before to help the LRF host one of the premiere 5K events in Chicago.

The Joey’s Angels Chapter volunteers produced the 16th Angels in the Fairway Golf Outing. Dozens of volunteers welcomed hundreds of golfers to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for an event that included golf, lunch and dinner, live and silent auctions and other activities for the entire family.

The Goland-Orenstein-Sherman Chapter conducted a dozen Tagging Days, during which volunteers collect donations from patrons entering or exiting grocery stores.

The Jessica Shayne Magid “Chai” Chapter introduced a new event for LRF supporters. Zumbathon for the LRF: Let it Move You Toward a Cure, brought Latin rhythms and aerobic exercise to dozens of families, along with raffle prizes and an auction. Carli Kander (l), one of two certified Zumba instructors onsite for the event, lead part of the two-hour Zumba session and was the organizer of the event.

John & Tony’s Italian Steakhouse introduced the All Day Eat Out for Charity fundraiser with the Nicholas Orjuela “Little Lefty” Memorial; Chapter of the LRF. The event featured a BBQ, raffles and a percentage of the entire day’s food and drink sales donated to the LRF. Diane Batzkall (r), who lost her husband to leukemia, won a bike at the event.

The 14th Annual Kingfish Shootout represents hundreds of fisherman in the Carrabelle, Florida area and other South/Southeast U.S. locations in the fight against blood cancers. Held in memory of Lisa Crowder Jackson, this upcoming fishing tournament would not be possible without help from the Crowder and Jackson families and others who volunteer their time.

Alden Rehabilitation and Health Care Centers, which operate nearly four dozen facilities in Illinois and Wisconsin, host several summertime events throughout its network to benefit the LRF. Those events happen due to the help of volunteers at every facility giving of their time and talent to help fight blood cancers.

Volunteers will always play a role in the success of the LRF. If you would like to join the fight to cure all blood cancers, please contact the LRF by email to Arleen@LRFmail.org or call 847.424.0600.


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Help Sustain the Fight

A planned gift is a donation you make today that provides significant benefits to you and future support to our lifesaving work, sometimes much more than you might otherwise have thought possible. Your gift can make an impact in the lives of children, like Zoey, and adults living with a blood cancer diagnosis.

The LRF is unlike other research organizations. It's leading the way to fund the newest and most innovative ideas to treat and defeat blood cancers. Build your legacy and support our work with a planned gift to the LRF.

For more information on how you can provide a legacy gift of any size, see our brochure or contact Cindy Kane, LRF’s Senior Director of Development at Cindy@LRFmail.org or call 847.424.0600.



August 4 - 6
14th Annual Kingfish Shootout
Carrabelle, Florida

September 9
6th Annual Fall Fishing Festival

September 17
71st Annual Medical Awards Luncheon

September 30
Steve "Grimey" Grimes
Memorial Chapter
2nd Annual Nite Capper Ball
St. Louis

January 21, 2018
Town Hall Meeting

February 8 - 13, 2018
Donald Davidson-Alan Brin
Memorial Chapter
Ski for Research

Visit our website to view more upcoming events.

We will continue to keep you apprised of our noteworthy achievements. Please visit us on social media for regular updates.

Thank you again for your incredible support. You make our work possible. Stand for life. Fight for life. Give for life. #LRF4LIFE.



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