Microscope | December 2017

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Supporting Innovative Research Works

These are incredibly exciting times in blood cancer research. Thanks to the support of the Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF), great momentum and progress continue, particularly in the area of gene therapy. Medical research is the reason.

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"I’m here because of research, support, and determination. In February, 2011 I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. With an entourage of family, friends, and medical staff, I completed two and a half years of treatment to survive the disease. I’m fortunate to be celebrating six years of being cancer-free.

Medical science is amazing. Fascinating. I wouldn’t be here without the incredible progress that’s been made over the past couple of decades. I believe dreams come true, and I dream that for future warriors.”


Partner with us today to fund cutting-edge research to find the cure...NOW! There are four easy ways to support the LRF.

  1. Click here to donate online
  2. Text the letters LRF to 56512 and follow the prompts to donate  by text
  3. Call the LRF at 847.424.0600 and make a gift by phone
  4. Mail a donation to the LRF, 191 Waukegan Road, Suite 105,
    Northfield, IL 60093-2744

We need you to support the brightest minds and innovative ideas in blood cancer research. The LRF research program attracts the highest quality young scientists, launching the careers of many of the most productive clinicians and researchers to advance this life-saving work.

On behalf of all patients and families, thank you!


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Feng Yue, Ph.D. 

LRF-funded Researcher Earns $1.91 Million Award from NIH

Feng Yue, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State College of Medicine, has received a five-year, $1.91 million Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Doctor Yue will use the funds to continue his work on genetic variants and their relationship to gene regulation and the DNA of diseases.

Research funding from the LRF not only makes a difference by contributing to the current blood cancer body of knowledge to help find a cure, it also advances the careers of New Investigators who are able to continue promising research projects that land additional funding from the NIH.

Initially funded by the LRF in 2016 for a research project titled Identification of Regulatory Variants in Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Dr. Yue’s current award demonstrates the far-reaching impact of LRF research support.

“This is tremendous news,” said Patrick Stiff, M.D., Director of the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center at Loyola University Medical Center and Chairman of the LRF’s Medical Advisory Board.

“The LRF’s Medical Advisory Board carefully reviews dozens of grants each year and work hard to select the best ones, the ones most likely to lead to breakthroughs and additional funding from the NIH. I recall Dr. Yue's grant and had no doubt that we were helping launch a great career that will lead to further breakthroughs. Congratulations to both Dr. Yue and the LRF for their many years of service to the young researcher community, and to launching the careers of numerous, struggling researchers,” Stiff said.

Read the official announcement of Dr. Yue’s research award on the Penn State College of Medicine website. See current and past LRF research funding on the LRF website by clicking here.

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Now Accepting Letters of Intent for Research Grant Funding

The LRF welcomes letters of intent for new research grant proposals for its 2018-2019 funding year. The LRF awards up to $100,000 grants to New Investigators, researchers who are within seven years of their first independent faculty appointment.

A new procedure must be followed when submitting a letter of intent. The guidelines can be found here and the deadline for submission is Thursday, February 18, 2018. Questions must be submitted by email to Grants@LRFmail.org.


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Register Today for Town Hall Meeting

The Annual Town Hall Meeting features a panel of medical experts who will answer questions regarding your blood cancer diagnosis on Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Skokie Banquet and Conference Center at Holiday Inn in Skokie, Ill. This program is specifically designed for patients, survivors and loved ones. Admission, parking and refreshments are all free.

Online registration is available now by clicking here or calling the LRF at 847.424.0600.

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Holiday Cards to Fight Blood Cancers

There are just a few days left to participate in the 45th Annual Holiday Card Sale. Order cards by Friday, December 8, 2017 to ensure on-time delivery.

Cards for birthdays, Hanukkah, Christmas, and the New Year are available in many styles from general to business, religious, multicultural, progressive and more. Cards range in style from a watercolor reproduction to traditional holiday scenes. The cards can be purchased in boxes of 25, which include 25 cards with envelopes, greeting, three free lines of personalization on the card, plus the following benefit message:

"Proceeds from the sale of this card benefit the Leukemia Research Foundation.

All cards are 10% off now and significant discounts begin with orders of two or more boxes. Custom imprinted envelopes also available at an additional cost. Visit the LRF website here for more details. 


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Early Bird Registration Continues Through End of December

Do not miss your change to save on registration for the 24th Annual ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk. A special rate of $24 is in effect until December 31, 2017. Visit www.Gibbons5K.com to register now.

Are you interested in forming a corporate team to run, walk or volunteer to fight blood cancers? Contact Arleen at Gibbons@LRFmail.org for information to help with registration.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the event. Call 847.424.0600 for details.



December 7
Dads' Chapter
Rockin' for a Cure

December 16
9th Annual Chords for a Cure

January 20, 2018
Alden Village North and Alden Village
Skeeing for a Cause

January 21, 2018
Town Hall Meeting

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

May 2, 2018
2nd Annual Road to a Cure

June 21, 2018
ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk

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

Visit our website calendar 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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