Mission Statement

The Leukemia Research Foundation is dedicated to conquering all blood cancers by funding research into their causes and cures, and enriching the quality of life of those touched by these diseases.


In 1946, the Leukemia Research Foundation was established in Chicago to memorialize 12-year-old Sherwin Pessin. Leukemia was a well-known but not well-understood disease. For Sherwin, as well as thousands of other children and adults, there was no hope and no possibility for a cure.

Since that time 72 years ago, the Leukemia Research Foundation has proudly raised more than $77 million.

LRF Research

LRF Patient Education & Support

Kids' Party for Pediatric Blood Cancer Patients