Our Mission

Andy's Chapter of Hope 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


About Our Chapter

Since Andy's Chapter of Hope began in October 1995, we have donated more than $1.5 million toward leukemia Research and financial aid to leukemia patients and their families!! Thank you to everyone who has helped us in our mission. We look forward to your continued support.

How We Started: Until June of 1994, leukemia was a distant disease to Andy Hanson and his family. It was then that this 22 year old athlete was diagnosed and began fighting to conquer leukemia and continue his life's goals. When he was in remission, Andy decided he could help other leukemia victims by raising money for research and providing a support system for people affected by leukemia.

The result is a McHenry County Chapter of the Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF) called Andy's Chapter of Hope.

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Thoughts on the LRF

“In the absence of a cure for leukemia, we should be encouraged by the progress made by scientific research supported by the long-standing commitment of the Leukemia Research Foundation. The Foundation revenues dedicated to investigating the causes and cure of leukemia have never been higher and the nature of the research supported by its membership could not have been imagined 50 years ago.”

— Alan Diamond, Ph.D.
LRF Medical Advisory Board


“I feel very fortunate to have been connected with the Leukemia Research Foundation. The dedication and enthusiasm of all the Foundation members, volunteers, and staff inspires me to continue my efforts to help find a cure. As a survivor of leukemia it is an honor to work with so many dedicated and hard-working individuals who have lost someone to leukemia. Without their help, I might not be where I am today – a survivor.”

— Andy Hanson, President Andy’s Chapter of Hope
Leukemia Research Foundation

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What is Leukemia?

Leukemia is a malignant disease in which the body produces large numbers of abnormal white blood cells. These abnormal blood cells accumulate in the bone marrow, the blood stream, and the lymph system, where they crowd out healthy cells and interfere with the normal functions of the blood.

  • Leukemia is the leading cause of death by disease in children up to age 14. The good news - mortality rates for childhood cancer have decreased by 66% since 1969.
  • An estimated 48,610 new cases of leukemia were,diagnosed in 2013 alone.

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Where Funds Go

Each year the LRF uses the money generated by its chapters to award New Investigator Grants to those working in the most promising areas of research into blood cancers. To date, the foundation has awarded more than 56 million dollars to scientists around the world.

Funds raised go directly to:

  • Worldwide medical research seeking a cure for leukemia and other blood cancers
  • Educational and emotional support for patients and their families
  • Patient financial assistance

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Additional Resources

The Leukemia Research Foundation understands that information is one of the best ways to fight the disease. Understanding treatment options, the latest research findings, and personal health issues are some of the many ways you or someone you know can fight the disease.

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