Microscope | October 2017

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Star Award recipients Floyd and Ina Schlossberg 

71st Annual Medical Awards Luncheon

Three hundred volunteers, donors, supporters and friends of the Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF) were recognized at the 71st Annual Medical Awards Luncheon in September. The event also serves as an opportunity to acknowledge the accomplishments of the most recent fiscal year.

The highlight of the luncheon was recognition of two, 40-year volunteers with the LRF’s highest honor of gratitude and respect, the Star Award. Floyd and Ina Schlossberg have been active supporters of LRF since 1978. Floyd is the Founder and Chairman of The Alden Group, a leading health care and senior living provider that cares for over 5,000 individuals each day in more than 40 facilities throughout Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Since the first Alden facility opened in 1971, Floyd and Ina have been recognized for their contributions to rehabilitation, health care and senior living. Over the years, they have witnessed the devastating effects of leukemia first hand as five loved ones have succumbed to the disease. Their incredible commitment, dedication, and leadership has been the driving force in helping the Donald Davidson-Alan Brin Memorial Chapter of the LRF raise more than $9 million for the cause.

Ulrich Steidl, M.D., Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, was the featured speaker. In addition to accepting the $1 million in research awards granted by the LRF on behalf of the 10 New Investigator researchers who were supported for the coming year, Dr. Steidl also spoke about the impact and importance of LRF research funding to the blood cancer community. Dr. Steidl was funded by the LRF in 2008 and currently runs his own research lab with 15 associates, technicians and students. Watch a portion of Dr. Steidl’s speech on the LRF’s YouTube channel by clicking here.

Legendary and recently retired ABC 7 Chicago Reporter Frank Mathie was honored for 22 years of service to the LRF as Honorary Co-Chairman of the ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk. ABC 7 Chicago’s General Manager John Idler, Event Co-Chairs Janet Davies and Dionne Miller, and Frank’s wife Mary were on hand to witness the honor. ABC 7 Chicago was also recognized for its continued support and sponsorship of the event.

Click here to see photos from the event.


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Funded Researcher's Impact

Support of the LRF will fuel today’s creative ideas and help launch the careers of scientists who may further our understanding of blood cancers for years to come. Researchers funded by the LRF publish their results in an effort to inform the scientific community about their advances. In addition, their initial results are used to obtain grants larger, multi-year funding sources - thus furthering their research and potential for finding a cure.

Stephen T. Oh, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, received support from the LRF in 2011 for his project, "Functional Characterization of LNK Mutations in Myeloproliferative Neoplasms.”  Since then he has received numerous, prestigious awards and grants.

2011   Leukemia Research Foundation New Investigator Award
2011   NHLBI K12 Heme Scholar Award
2011  Sidney Kimmel Foundation Scholar Award
2012  NHLBI K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award
2013  Central Society for Clinical Research Early Career
Development Award 
2013 Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation/Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences Pilot Grant 
2013 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Collaborative Research Travel Grant
2014 BRIGHT Institute Pilot Research Project Award
2014 Doris Duke-Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award
2015 Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation/Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences Pilot Grant
2015 Longer Life Foundation Pilot Grant
2016 American Society of Hematology Scholar Award

Letters of Intent (LOI) for the 2018-2019 funding cycle are now being accepted.
For more information, click here.


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Thanks for Your Blood Cancer Awareness Month Support

Blood Cancer Awareness Month took place in September and thanks to you we raised important funding and significant awareness in the fight to find the cause of and cure for blood cancers.

Click here to see the images and videos we posted each day in September. Simply click on the calendar date to see what we posted that day. And if you haven’t already, click the links at the bottom of this page to follow the LRF on social media.

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Climber Takes On Mt. Rainier to Benefit LRF

Congratulations and thank you to Joseph Hawthorne of Pasadena, California, who set out on a 3-day climbing expedition to summit Mt. Rainier's 14,410 feet of glacier covered mountainous terrain on September 19. He used the climb to raise money for the LRF and he raised $3,570, far surpassing his original goal of $1,441.

Weather conditions kept Joseph from making it to the top. He made it to 12,700 feet before deep snow and avalanche risk turned him back. Thank you to Joseph and all those who supported his effort to help fight blood cancers.


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Make Your Gift Go Farther Toward Fighting All Blood Cancers

Because you are a good friend of the LRF, we want you to be among the first to hear this wonderful news.

A generous benefactor has presented us with a $10,000 match for online gifts made on Tuesday, November 28 which is #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving. On that day, donations made online to the LRF are eligible for a match! Please mark the date November 28 to give online at www.allbloodcancers.org. Your donation will go farther to help us advance innovative research, provide education and support programs and raise awareness about the terrible impact of all blood cancers.

Did you know? Many companies support causes that are important to their employees by matching their charitable contributions. To find out if your company offers a match, contact your Human Resources Department and let them know of your generous donation to the LRF. Often, they match dollar for dollar and make it very easy to do so.

To make it even easier to donate to the LRF you can now use your mobile phone and text LRF to 56512. You’ll get a text back with a link that connects you with our Give-By-Cell interface and an easy, tax-deductible contribution method.


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Shirley Rosenthal with GOS Chapter President Don Schollenberger

A member of the Goland-Orenstein-Sherman (GOS) Memorial Chapter of the LRF  recently celebrated her 101st birthday!

Shirley Rosenthal volunteered for the LRF for more than 30 years and only ended her work when her health would not allow it anymore. Now residing in Oregon, Shirley took some time to reminisce with GOS Chapter President Don Schollenberger on a recent trip to the Northwest.

How did you first become involved with the LRF?

“My late husband, Ben, and I were asked to get involved by childhood friends Telsa and Max Lenhoff. We were living in Chicago at the time.”

How would you describe your experience with volunteering over the years?

“I have been involved for over 30 years. It has been very enjoyable because of the interaction with friends and satisfying because of the efforts and accomplishments we have made in the treatment of this dreaded disease.”

What were your favorite events or activities while volunteering?

“Ben and I were involved in all fundraising projects of the GOS Memorial Chapter which have included candy and nut sales, lox and deli box sales and deliveries and tagging to name a few.”

How would you describe your commitment to the LRF? You were a volunteer for a very long time. What made you stick with it?

“When I first joined it was to raise funds for medical research in hopes of finding a cure for this dreaded disease. It took on a new importance to Ben and me when our granddaughter was diagnosed with leukemia and eventually succumb to it.”

Do you have any words of wisdom for those who are still actively volunteering – or for those who are considering volunteering with the LRF?

“Continue in your efforts and fundraising for our work is not done. For those of you who are considering becoming involved, we need your help, input and ideas.”



October 7
Phillip (Poppie) Gaston Chapter

Grand Opening
Poppie's Resale & Consignment Shop

December 7
Dads' Chapter
Rockin' for a Cure

January 21, 2018
Town Hall Meeting

February 8 - 13, 2018
Donald Davidson-Alan Brin
Memorial Chapter
Ski for Research

August 10, 2018
Joey's Angels Chapter
17th Angels in the Fairway Golf Outing

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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