Fund worldwide medical research.

The LRF is devoted to helping bold ideas have a chance to flourish. Through your donations to the LRF, we provide researchers with the start-up funds they need to conduct new research projects—projects that can lead to discoveries with the power to improve the lives of those suffering from blood cancers. Our mission: to fund research to find the causes and cures for blood cancers.

Financial Assistance

Along with the stress of combating the disease itself, blood cancers bring with them a mountain of medical bills and out-of-pocket expenses. Co-pays, deductibles and prescription costs can leave you wondering how to pay the next bill.

If you live within 100 miles of Chicago or in the state of Illinois, the Leukemia Research Foundation may be able to help. We provide financial assistance to qualified patients and families. Our program reimburses almost any treatment-related expense not covered by your medical insurance.

*Please note:
Insurance premiums / COBRA premiums / Medicare premiums are not covered by this program.

Follow these steps to apply. Complete the application and return:

  1. Completed application
  2. A letter of diagnosis from your physician, and
  3. Copies of your income tax returns for the last three (3) years
  4. Mail all information to the Leukemia Research Foundation, Attn: Patient Financial Assistance Program, 191 Waukegan Road, Suite 105, Northfield, IL 60093. You may also email the form to



Town Hall Meeting

The Town Hall Meeting is a three-hour opportunity for patients, family members and caregivers to have the chance to ask questions to a panel of experts in the field of hematology/oncology about their particular diagnosis. Questions on treatment options, patient care, side effects, transplant procedures and many other topics are posed - all are answered with compassion and care. As a result, these patients are able to make informed decisions about their treatment. Details here.

Educational Seminar on Blood Cancers

This program, conducted entirely in Spanish. is an opportunity for patients, family members and caregivers to ask questions to a panel of experts in the field of hematology/oncology about their particular diagnosis. Parking, lunch and childcare are included with this program. Click here for details.

Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference

Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients is specifically designed for blood cancer patients, their families and caregivers, and provides background on the various types of transplants that are available as viable forms of treatment for leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. Leading hematology/oncology and transplant medical professionals present detailed data and insights at this forum. Patients leave empowered with the knowledge they need to make informed treatment choices.

Details here.

Kids’ Party and Resource Fair

The Kids’ Party and Resource Fair is designed for the pediatric patient, along with their families, and is provided completely free of charge. This special gathering allows a day of respite so the whole family can have some fun. Families that are struggling with a blood cancer diagnosis and the side effects of often painful and long-term treatments are able to come together in a safe and pleasant environment.

Siblings are also given the same attention as a patient, making them feel special during a time when they may feel left out due to the demands of these debilitating diseases on the family. Information regarding cancer-related services, the LRF Patient Financial Assistance Program and free Patient Education Programs is provided. This meaningful program allows patients and families to network and interact with others going through the same experience. Details here.