Microscope | January 2019

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Register for Kids’ Party 2019

It’s not too late to register for the Annual Kids' Party for Pediatric Blood Cancer Patients on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the Westin Chicago North Shore. Attendees will enjoy a delicious brunch, great music, fun activities and entertainment. It’s an opportunity for children to put aside treatments, hospital stays and side effects and feel like a kid again.

Admission is free of charge and this year's event features therapy dogs from Pet Partners of Greater Chicago, a dog trick performance by Robin’s Dog Stars, a guest appearance by Chicago Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk, as well as other surprises! Register now by clicking here or call 847.424.0600.


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Letters Of Intent Being Accepted for New Investigator
Research Grants

The Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF) is accepting letters of intent (LOI) until February 1, 2019 for projects related to blood cancers. Guidelines and information can be found by clicking here.

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"The young investigator award from the Leukemia Research Foundation is not only advancing our research that holds high translational potentials, but also makes a meaningful impact on my career development.”

 ~ Hui Feng, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, St. Baldrick Scholar
Departments of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics and Medicine
The Shamim and Ashraf Dahod Breast Cancer Research Laboratories
The Cancer Center, Boston University School of Medicine

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ASH Conference Features Exciting Blood Cancer Research

About 30,000 hematology professionals, including some supported by the Leukemia Research Foundation New Investigator Research Grants Program, attended the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Conference held in December in San Diego. Dozens of presentations took place covering topics such as CAR T-Cell Therapy and BCMA Immunotherapy. Some of the biggest topics of the conference were chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas. Click here to read about details from the conference including the professionals’ view of the most exciting updates.

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 Matthew J. Walter, M.D.

MDS Research Continues with SPORE Grant

Congratulations to Matthew J. Walter, M.D., Professor, Department of Medicine , Oncology Division, Bone Marrow Transplantation & Leukemia Stem Cell Biology, 
Department of Genetics at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. His research on potential treatments for myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) is being supported by part of an $11.5 million Specialized Program in Research Excellence (SPORE) grant awarded to the University by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Doctor Walter is co-leading an investigation into myeloid cancer cells containing a specific mutation. Read more about this continuing research here. The Leukemia Research Foundation provided funding for Dr. Walter’s research in 2002.


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Town Hall Meeting January 20

A panel of six medical experts will answer blood cancer questions at the Leukemia Research Foundation’s Annual Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Lisle in Lisle, Illinois, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission, parking and refreshments are all free.

This program is designed for people impacted by leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma or myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Whether you are a newly-diagnosed patient, a long-term survivor, or caregiver, this event will give you the opportunity to learn from experts about treatment therapies and strategies. Click here to register.



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25th Annual ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk

Picture a beautiful, warm summer evening in downtown Chicago. You’ve gathered your family and friends to join thousands of others motivated to find a cure for blood cancers. You make new friends as you run or walk on Chicago’s lakefront, then sit back to enjoy great entertainment on stage and food and drink in the park. All of this and more is in store for you at the 25th Annual ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk, Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Grant Park.

Online registration is open now. Visit www.Gibbons5K.com for more information and to sign up. Check out our incentives for fundraisers! Get your walking or running shoes ready! There will be a training schedule and tips on our @GibbonsRun Facebook page. June will be here in a flash so sign up now!

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Jade Williams and her life globes 

Blood Cancer Patient Fighting for Kids

Jade Williams of Tacoma, Washington is a chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patient, diagnosed in 2016, who is using her hobby to support the Leukemia Research Foundation. Jade makes one-of-a-kind, decorative “life globes” by hand. She found the LRF while looking for CLL information and wanted to help. Jade has a soft spot for children and even though she's battling a blood cancer, she decided to use her hobby to raise money for research and to help save kids diagnosed with one of these terrible diseases.

“I started making the life globes to take my mind off of my CLL treatment. Now I do it to hopefully save the lives of children touched by blood cancers.”

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale her life globes was donated to the LRF during fall of 2018, generating more than $1,000.

“I know that people need help. I know that we need research to find a cure for these diseases. I’m so blessed to be able to help in this way.”

The LRF sincerely thanks Jade and everyone who is dedicated to the fight against blood cancers. Your generosity helped the LRF to fund 12 blood cancer research projects, support an exciting CAR T-Cell Therapy clinical trial, and provide patient education and support to thousands of people and families impacted by a blood cancer diagnosis.

If you would like to take a closer look at Jade's art, click here to email Jade. If you would like to do something similar to Jade’s fundraising, click here to get started!



January 13
Kids' Party

January 20
Annual Town Hall Meeting

January 26
Joey's Angels Chapter
Joey's Angels Ski Days

January 27
Donald Davidson-Alan Brin
Memorial Chapter

Skeeing for a Cause

February 9
Joey's Angels Chapter
Joey's Angels Ski Days

February 21 - February 26
Donald Davidson - Alan Brin
Memorial Chapter
Ski for Research

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