VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHTMicroscope | November 2018

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New Investigator Research Grants

New Investigators are invited to submit Letters of Intent (LOI) for the Leukemia Research Foundation’s (LRF) Hollis Brownstein Research Grants Program 2019-2020 funding cycle. Details and the required cover sheet are available on the LRF website. All questions about the LOI and/or the submission process must be submitted in writing to grants@LRFmail.org. LOIs must be received by Friday, February 1, 2019.

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Emery Bresnick, Ph.D.

Leukemia Research Foundation-funded Researcher Sheds Light on the GATA-2 Gene and Its Relationship to AML and MDS

Emery Bresnick, Ph.D. and colleagues recently published a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that increased understanding of the GATA-2 gene and how its mutation can predispose a person to acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Read more about this important research here.

Doctor Bresnick is a professor of cell and regenerative biology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, director of the UW-Madison Blood Research Program and co-director of the Genetic and Epigenetic Mechanisms Program of the UW Carbone Cancer Center. His research was funded by the Leukemia Research Foundation in 1996.

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 Muhammad Imam, M.D.

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Symptoms and Treatment Options

A Good Day New Mexico segment on KOB-TV in Albuquerque, N.M. featured Medical Oncologist Muhammad Imam, M.D. discussing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, its symptoms and treatment options. Watch the video here.

Doctor Imam, from Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, ends the video by mentioning the Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF) as a great resource for information about non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Learn more about New Drug Treatment Options for Lymphoma in this video presentation from the LRF’s Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference earlier this year.



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Town Hall Meeting January 20, 2019

The Leukemia Research Foundation hosts its Annual Town Hall Meeting focused on all blood cancers on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Lisle in Lisle, Ill. Whether you are a newly diagnosed patient, a long-term survivor, or caregiver, this program will give you the opportunity to learn from medical experts about treatment therapies and strategies.

Online registration is available now. Click here to see the panel of doctors and to register today.


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Your Generosity Matched by The Coleman Foundation

The Leukemia Research Foundation is proud to have been selected to participate in a match program made possible by The Coleman Foundation throughout most of November. Any gift of $1,250 or more received by the LRF between November 1 and November 27, will be matched, up to $10,000. This means your gift will have twice the impact toward our goal of defeating all blood cancers. 

Thanks to the generosity of donors and friends like you, the LRF was able to fund nearly $1.2 million in New Investigator research grants last year. In addition, the LRF committed $250,000 to fund a ground-breaking clinical trial program focused on the advancement of CAR T-cell therapy.

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and consider a donation today. Your support must be received between November 1 and November 27 to qualify for this tremendous program.

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#GivingTuesday is November 27

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. This year, the Leukemia Research Foundation has a goal of raising $10,000 on #GivingTuesday, which will take place on Tuesday, November 27, right after Thanksgiving and the widely-recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Please join us as we strive to create a world free of blood cancers through funding blood cancer research and supporting those diagnosed with one of these terrible diseases. Make plans to donate on #GivingTuesday to the LRF by clicking here.


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Ashley Surin 

Kids’ Party Fun for All

Do you know a child diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma? Spread the word that the Leukemia Research Foundation is hosting its Annual Kids’ Party on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, Ill. Information and registration is available now on the LRF website or by calling 847.424.0600.

Ashley Surin was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2008 and has been attending Kids’ Party with her parents since 2011.

“We love Kids’ Party,” said Ashley’s mother Maureen. “The parties are fun and a great time to let loose and forget about the daily stresses and routines. It’s a good time to catch up with old friends and make new friends. We also appreciate hearing about leukemia research updates, too, from Leukemia Research Foundation staff.”

“We would recommend Kids’ Party to all families. It’s relaxing, we have a nice meal, do crafts, dance, enjoy the entertainment, play games, and make friends – both the kids and the adults. One of the best parts of Kids’ Party for parents is the chance to talk to other parents going through the same experience."

This year's Kids' Party features therapy dogs and dog trick performances, plus a delicious brunch, great music and other fun activities.

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Fight Blood Cancers During the Holiday Season with Cards from the Leukemia Research Foundation

The time for holiday greetings is back and what better way to share the message of fighting blood cancers than through the Leukemia Research Foundation’s Annual Holiday Card ProgramClick here to see this year’s catalog of card offerings. Cards for all occasions including birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and the New Year are available in many styles from general to business, religious, multicultural, and can be personalized. A 10% discount is also available.

Please place your order by Monday, December 10 to ensure on-time delivery.



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John and Eva Badway 

Leukemia Research Foundation Volunteers Recognized

Long time Leukemia Research Foundation volunteers and donors John and Eva Badway were recognized by Giving DuPage at this year’s Volapalooza: A Celebration of Volunteerism breakfast held Thursday, October 25 in Woodridge, Ill. The Badways were two of 150 volunteers recognized for giving of their time, talent and energy to nonprofit organizations in their community. They were recognized for their generosity, caring and commitment to the mission of the LRF.

The Badways first became involved with the LRF in 2004 when their son Tony was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). In addition to financial contributions, the family has supported several events and patient programs, as well as hosted events their restaurant, John & Tony’s in West Chicago, Ill. and supporting the Nicholas Orjuela “Little Lefty” Memorial Chapter of the LRF. Thank you John and Eva for all you do!!



November 27

December 2
Donald Davidson - Alan Brin
Memorial Chapter

Alden of Waterford Winter Wonderland

December 6
Dads' Chapter
15th Annual Rockin' for a Cure

December 7
Chords for a Cure

January 13, 2019
Kids' Party

January 20, 2019
Annual Town Hall Meeting

February 21 - February 26, 2019
Donald Davidson - Alan Brin
Memorial Chapter
Ski for Research