Microscope | May 2017


Fund a Grant

The Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF) funds promising blood cancer research projects that accelerate the development of new treatments and therapies.

In June the LRF’s independent Medical Advisory Board (MAB) will gather to review the grant applications we have received and make their funding recommendations. We strive to fund as may research projects as possible, based on our fundraising success.

That’s why your support now is so important. Your gift might be the one that funds a breakthrough in blood cancer treatment.

Help us make ensure that 2017 is our best year yet, filled with promising new research which will identify breakthroughs in blood cancer treatment and care. Together, we can achieve our dream of conquering all blood cancers.

Please click here and donate now to help fund a New Investigator Research Grant.


Understanding Multiple Myeloma

At the beginning of each year, numerous research projects are submitted to the LRF by New Investigators, blood cancer researchers who are beginning to establish their own laboratories and are no longer under the tutelage of a senior scientist mentor.

Bruno Paiva, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Scientific Coordinator of the Diagnostic Laboratories of the University of Navarra in Spain, is an LRF-funded researcher studying multiple myeloma. The research project is entitled Next-generation Flow and Sequencing to Establish the Pathogenesis and Chemoresistant Reservoirs of Multiple Myeloma and has a goal of understanding the processes of chemoresistance as it relates to multiple myeloma and how to overcome it.

The goal is that each project the LRF funds will lead to a significant breakthrough in blood cancer research and treatment. Last year the LRF distributed $1.2 million in such grants.

Learn more about Dr. Paiva’s research project and others that are being funded by the LRF on the LRF website. Dr. Paiva provided comments on his work that you can view here.


Sign Up Now for the 13th Annual
Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference

Register today for the 13th Annual Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference. This free, educational program is specifically designed for blood cancer patients and their families to learn about their disease, current treatment options and emerging therapies. Additionally, they will be able to participate in a question & answer session with the experts.

Topics that will be presented:

Molecular Typing for Leukemias & Lymphomas – Aid in Therapies?
Dr. Irum Khan, University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center

Update of Approaches for Unrelated Transplants
Dr. Stephanie Tsai, Loyola University Medical Center

New Approaches for Transplant Patients
Dr. Linda Burns, National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) Treatment Strategies
Dr. Parameswaran Venugopal, Rush University Medical Center

New Pipeline Therapies for Leukemia
Dr. Melissa Larson, Rush University Medical Center

Multiple Myeloma Update
Dr. Tulio Rodriguez, Advocate Health Care

Vaccines and Immune Cell Therapy for Leukemia and Lymphoma
Dr. Patrick Stiff, Loyola University Medical Center

See the full agenda and register today here or call 847.424.0600.


Kickoff: ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk

Join us to kick off our ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk with a training run for motivation!

The Kickoff Event for this year’s run takes place on Monday, May 15 at Fleet Feet Sports, 1620 N. Wells Street in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. Runners of all abilities are invited to attend and enjoy a nice, leisurely run, then cool down with an ice cold beer provided by Revolution Brewing.

If you’re not yet registered for the ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk, don’t wait – click here to register now! We look forward to your help in fighting all blood cancers. #TogetherItIsPossible


Enriching Lives in Perpetuity

“The pain and heartache my parents faced never left them after my brother, Sollie, passed away in 1954 due to complications from leukemia. But for the next 60 years, their dedication to searching for a cure and helping others in similar situations enriched their lives, giving Sollie’s death a purpose. It was appropriate, therefore, that the bulk of the charitable bequests from their estate be passed to the Leukemia Research Foundation.” — Susan A.

Planned giving is a way to make sure that your work for a better world continues in perpetuity. For more information on how you can provide a legacy gift of any size see our brochure here or contact Cindy Kane, LRF’s Senior Director of Development at Cindy@LRFmail.org or call 847.424.0600.


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
Ski's to Tee's Golf Outing

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

July 30
Jessica Shayne Magid "Chai"
Memorial Chapter
Zumbathon for Leukemia Research
Let it Move You Toward a Cure

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

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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