Microscope | March 2017


Understanding Stem Cells for Better Treatments 

Leonardo Salmena, Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, is conducting research to understand how a specific biomarker impacts the health of cancerous stem cells in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). An enhanced probe of the biomarker could lead to the creation of new therapies to treat AML.

His project, titled Studying the regulation of stemness in normal and leukemic progenitor cells by INPP4B, is currently being funded by the LRF. Click here to see a video message from Dr. Salmena. More information about research currently being funded by the Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF) can be found on the LRF's website by clicking here.


New Program Highlights Research

The LRF is proud to present a new program in conjunction with the Cancer Wellness Center. Road to a Cure: The Latest Developments in Blood Cancer Research will take place on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Cancer Wellness Center in Northbrook, Ill. This program is made possible in part by the David Wortman Memorial Fund.

Nancy Zeleznik-Le, Ph.D., Hematology/Oncology Professor and Interim Co-Director of the Oncology Research Institute at Loyola University Medical Center, is the featured speaker. Dr. Zeleznik-Le will discuss the latest developments in hematologic malignancies, the important aspects of treatments and advancements that will directly impact patient care.

Click here for more information. Register today by calling the LRF at 847.424.0600 or email Linda@LRFmail.org.

Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference

The LRF, with support from Loyola University Health System and the National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match, hosts the 13th Annual Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference from 7:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

The Conference is a specifically designed for blood cancer patients and their caregivers to receive updates and information on the various types of treatments available. Complimentary parking, breakfast and lunch are included.

Review the agenda and register on the LRF website by clicking here.


Recruit Your Friends and Run/Walk for the Cure

There’s no better way to enjoy a beautiful evening on Chicago’s lakefront than gathering a group of friends or coworkers and running or walking the ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk on Thursday, June 15 in Chicago at Grant Park!

You can be a part of the cure! Join us in the fight against all blood cancers as we walk and run. Register today! More details and to register www.gibbons5k.com.

This event has lots of fun activities for kids and adults and the start is broadcast LIVE on ABC 7 Chicago. It takes just a few minutes to form a team and your efforts will help the LRF find cures for leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and MDS – blood cancers that impact more than one million people in the United States today.

Find out more and register today at www.Gibbons5K.com.


Join Other Loyal Supporters and Include the LRF
in Your Estate Plans

The Legacy of Hope includes generous and forward-thinking donors who support the long-term success of the LRF through a planned gift. When you include the LRF in your estate plans, you ensure your legacy lives on.

The LRF takes special care to honor donors whose gifts transform their generosity into their legacies; philanthropic individuals like Gregg and Sandy who donate in memory of Gregg’s brother, Gordie.

What's made the LRF special to you and your family?
“I lost my little brother Gordie to leukemia in the early 1980s when he was just 12 years old. Back then, survival rates were so low due to lack of research funding it was extremely hard for our family to remain hopeful. It really was difficult for all of us back then and is even tough for us to talk about the experience now. The LRF is an awesome organization. We felt compelled to include the LRF in our estate planning so there is eventually a cure and children can all survive the disease and go on to do amazing things with their lives.”

What inspires you to do what you do?

“We think and talk about Gordie constantly some 30 years later and hope that our gift helps the LRF and other families in some way.”

What would you like to see continue as your legacy?
“That leukemia is 100% cured and that my children and grandchildren see that giving to others can have a positive impact on society.”

Thank you so much Gregg and Sandy. Your generosity will ensure that the fight against blood cancers continues until the cure is found. 

Please consider making a legacy gift to the LRF. Your attorney or financial advisor can work with you to include the LRF in your estate plans. No matter which planned giving option you choose, you will be honored through recognition on our website, newsletters, and a special reception at the Annual Medical Awards Luncheon. If you would rather not receive public recognition, please let us know.

For more information on how you can provide a legacy gift, please contact Cindy Kane by email at Cindy@LRFmail.org, call 847.424.0600, or see our brochure. Your support of the LRF mission will be long remembered and serve as an inspiration to others.


Generosity Multiplied Via Kentucky Derby

A sure sign that spring has arrived happens on the first Saturday in May with the running of the Kentucky Derby. Chicago resident Kay Vanasco uses the occasion to host a fundraiser party to benefit the LRF in memory of her husband Robert, who lost his battle with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in 2004.

The affair is a proper Kentucky Derby happening, complete with hats, mint juleps, programs, historic Kentucky Derby items and family and friends who gather in the spirit of giving. Over the years Kay has raised $20,000 for our cause through this event as well as volunteered for other LRF activities including the ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk.

As guests don the hats and silks, set out the florals (magnolias, hydrangeas, wisteria, and red roses of course) and turn their gaze toward Churchill Downs for the final furlong of this event, we thank everyone who has supported the LRF through this event and Kay for all she’s done to help find a cure for blood cancers.


April 8

Steve Grimes Memorial Chapter
Trivia Night
St. Louis


April 23 & 30
Bowl for the Cure - Arizona


May 3
Road to a Cure


May 13 & 20
Bowl for the Cure - Illinois


May 20
Treatment Options for
Blood Cancer Patients Conference

June 15
ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk

July  21
Angels in the Fairway Golf Outing

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

September 17
71st Annual Medical Awards Luncheon

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

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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Northfield, IL 60093

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