Microscope | April 2019

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Austin L. Brown, Ph.D., MPH 

$1,187,006 Grant Awarded to LRF-funded Researcher

The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) recently awarded a $1,187,006 grant to Austin L. Brown, Ph.D., MPH, of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Doctor Brown, whose work was funded by the Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF) in 2017, is conducting research on acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The grant he received is part of more than $9 million awarded to physicians and scientists at Baylor by CPRIT. Read more here.

“This is the kind of progressive, continued support of blood cancer research that the LRF’s Hollis Brownstein Research Grants Program makes possible for New Investigators,” said Kevin Radelet, executive director of the LRF. “By providing one year, $100,000 grants to New Investigators, the Program provides the momentum and financial support necessary to help this important niche of scientists move forward and make meaningful discoveries.”

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Wendy Stock, M.D.

Acute Leukemia Treatment for Children Also Effective for Adults

Congratulations to Wendy Stock, M.D., the Anjuli Seth Nayak Professor in Leukemia at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center. Results of a clinical trial (CALGB 10403), which she leads, show that an intense treatment for pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is also effective for adolescents and young adults under age 40. Read more about this exciting discovery in this article from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Doctor Stock has participated in Leukemia Research Foundation's Patient Education Programs and is a member of its Medical Advisory Board.



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CAR T-cell Therapy: Efficacy, Treatment, Access
at Road to a Cure

Make sure to reserve your seat now to learn the latest research on CAR T-cell therapy for blood cancer patients at the 3rd Annual Road to a Cure on Thursday, May 9 at the Cancer Wellness Center in Northbrook, Illinois. Click here to register.

Michael Nishimura, Ph.D., Professor of Surgical Oncology in the Department of Surgery at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, is the featured presenter for this program. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insight on this groundbreaking treatment option.

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Register now for the Treatment Options
for Blood Cancer Patients Conference

Also coming up is the 15th Annual Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference. This program is a great opportunity for blood cancer patients and caregivers to learn about the latest breakthroughs in blood cancer research and treatment options. Click here to register or call 847.424.0600. 

The Conference takes place on Saturday, May 11 from 7:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Lisle in Lisle, Illinois. Parking, a continental breakfast and lunch are all free for program attendees.

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Steve Magnino 

Convenient Monthly Giving to Fight Blood Cancers

Steve Magnino has been a monthly donor to the Leukemia Research Foundation since 2011. He shares his reasons for supporting the LRF below. Have you considered becoming a monthly donor to the LRF? Read on, then click here and check the “make this a monthly gift” box to begin your regular support of the fight to cure all blood cancers.

What made you decide to become a monthly donor to the Leukemia Research Foundation?

“I got to know the LRF 2011 when I volunteered to work with them during a strategic planning effort. The organization’s leadership and vision impressed me, as did the caliber of the team, and the passion of LRF’s volunteer fundraisers, many of whom have been around for decades. Most importantly, I witnessed the impact and importance of LRF grants in helping doctors and researchers become established in blood cancer treatment and research. It is rare to find an organization like the LRF that is making a difference in people’s lives every day.”

Why do you feel it is important to give to the Leukemia Research Foundation each month?

“Major accomplishments come not so much from dramatic, blinding revelations or breakthroughs but more through sustained effort and perseverance – showing up and taking a step every day. Giving each month is a small way I can be part of the journey on which the LRF has invited me to participate.”

Do you give in honor or memory of some person or event?

“Initially, I gave in memory of my cousin, Philip, who died from Hodgkin’s disease at the age of 18 in 1968. It became far more personal in September 2015. I was diagnosed with an aggressive, large B-cell lymphoma. It’s nasty stuff. As John Lennon said, ‘Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.’ Five months of intensive chemo, four months off work. Now, more than two years after the conclusion of treatment, I am healthy. Thank God for modern medicine. My counts are good; my strength is good; life is good.”

What are the benefits to YOU for giving monthly?

“When I met with my oncologists, during and even after treatment, while they never used these exact words, in their excitement over the efficacy of treatment options available, if often felt like they were saying, ‘there has never been a better time to have lymphoma!’ Woo hoo, right? Thinking about it, I realized, well, that is true. There never has been a better time to have lymphoma; or leukemia, or multiple myeloma – or any blood cancer for that matter. And that is due to lots of people taking steps every day to find a cure or better treatment options, many empowered in that quest by the LRF.”

What is your goal in giving monthly to the Leukemia Research Foundation?

“I want others to experience the same positive outcome I experienced after getting a devastating blood cancer diagnosis.” 

What would you say to others to encourage them to give monthly?

“Well, as the saying goes, ‘eighty percent of life is showing up.’ I can think of no better organization to show up for than the Leukemia Research Foundation and its mission.”



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Register Now for the 25th Annual

ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk

Spring is here! Make sure you’re registered for the 25th Annual ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk. Click here to register now. Celebrating its 25th year, the event has raised nearly $2 million over the years.

Thousands of runners, walkers, patients, survivors and those in the fight to find cures for all blood cancers will meet up at Arvey Field in Chicago’s Grant Park on Thursday, June 13 to raise funds for research. The event site opens at 4:30 p.m. and the run start, which is carried LIVE on ABC 7 Chicago, will happen at 6:25 p.m. Afterward, stay for the fun, food, refreshments and entertainment in the park, knowing that your participation brings us all closer to the cure.


APRIL 27 & May 5
Phillip "Poppie" Gaston Chapter
Bowl for the Cure

May 9
Road to a Cure

May 11
Treatment Options
for Blood Cancer Patients Conference

May 19
Jessica Shayne Magid "Chai" Chapter

May 25
Phillip "Poppie" Gaston Chapter
The Best of Music Benefit Concert

June 2
Donald Davidson-Alan Brin
Memorial Chapter

Raffle for Research Drawing

June 13
Jim Gibbons Memorial Chapter
25th Annual
ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk

August 2 - 4
Kingfish Shootout
Carrabelle, Florida

August 9
Joey's Angels Chapter
18th Angels in the Fairway