Microscope | April 2017


Two Medications Combined to Treat ALL 

Hui Feng, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics and Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, was funded by the Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF) in 2015. Her research helped to determine that two Phase 1 medications could be combined to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia effectively.

Learn more about her discovery here. Dr. Feng recently submitted this thank you video to the LRF. More information about research funded by the LRF is available on our website at www.allbloodcancers.org/recipients.


Road to a Cure

Please join us for a presentation by Nancy Zeleznik-Le, Ph.D., Hematology/Oncology Professor and Interim Co-Director of the Oncology Research Institute at Loyola University Medical 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. Dr. Zeleznik-Le will discuss the latest developments in hematologic malignancies and the important aspects of treatment as well as advances that will directly impact patient care. This program made possible in part by the David Wortman Memorial Fund.

Registration is open now on the LRF website or call the LRF at 847.424.0600 or email Linda@LRFmail.org. Admission to the program is free.

Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients

The Annual Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference will be presented on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the Skokie Conference Center at Holiday Inn. The program is free and complimentary parking, breakfast and lunch are included.

Topics for this year’s Conference include the following:

  • Vaccines and Immune Cell Therapy for Leukemia and Lymphoma
  • New Approaches for Transplant Patients
  • Molecular Typing for Leukemias & Lymphomas – Aid in Therapies?
  • Update of Approaches for Unrelated Transplants
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) Treatment Strategies
  • New Pipeline Therapies for Leukemia
  • Multiple Myeloma Update

The Conference is hosted by the LRF, Loyola University Health System and the National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match. The program is a specifically designed for blood cancer patients and their caregivers to provide information on treatments and therapies available to patients. Click here to register.


We Are Bananas About Our Volunteers

You can make a difference in the fight against all blood cancers by getting involved as a volunteer at the ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk on June 15, 2017 in Grant Park!  

Volunteers are needed for water on the course, runner food, course marshals and more. Talk to your friends or family about volunteering together!  

Click here for more information and to volunteer. #TogetherItIsPossible


Forever Gift

The reality is breakthroughs often take years, if not decades, of painstaking work. 

The LRF funds promising blood cancer research projects that accelerate the development of new treatments and therapies. For many young blood cancer researchers, the award they receive from the LRF is the seed money that funds real innovation. Their work – discovering new treatments, prevention, and early detection – moves us closer to a world free from the fear of blood cancer.

By including the LRF in your estate plans, your legacy gift supports this important work – and may be the key to a cure for generations. Your legacy gift might be the one that funds a breakthrough in blood cancer treatment.

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.


Walking to Inspire Other Survivors

Tashika will be walking in the ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk on June 15, 2017, as a tribute to other blood cancer survivors. Her story is below.

"I’m walking because I feel commissioned to inspire other cancer survivors like me to keep their own sense of hope with them. That things can, and will, get better eventually and that they are never alone. The LRF brought me out a place where, as an independent young adult, I might not have survived on my own. Because of this amazing organization I was able to keep my insurance, and receive my stem cell transplant that I desperately needed. They helped me redeem the most precious part of me, my humanity, and is a huge part of why I am here today. I can’t thank them enough for their support.

My name is Tashika and I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2013. I’ve always considered myself to be a fairly stable person, but my new found identity as a cancer patient immediately interrupted my steadiness and my life turned upside down.

My journey was pretty tumultuous, but I was blessed with a few angels who helped me survive the storms. Special thanks to Kim (a beautiful soul) and Alan and everyone who supported me during treatment."


April 23 & 30
Phillip (Poppie) Gaston Memorial Chapter
Bowl for the Cure - Arizona


May 3
Road to a Cure


May 13 & 20

Phillip (Poppie) Gaston Memorial Chapter
Bowl for the Cure - Illinois


May 20
Treatment Options for
Blood Cancer Patients Conference


May 21
Donald Davidson-Alan Brin
Memorial Chapter

Raffle for Research


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

June 29
Donald Davidson-Alan Brin
Memorial Chapter
Skis to Tees Golf Outing

July  21
Joey's Angels Chapter
Angels in the Fairway Golf Outing

July 30
Jessica Shayne Magid "Chai"
Memorial Chapter


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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