Microscope | June 2018


14th Annual Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference Presentations Now Available

The 14th Annual Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference was held at the Hyatt Regency in Lisle, Ill. on Saturday, May 19. The presentations were saved to video and are available for viewing now on the Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF) website.

The conference was presented by the LRF, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center at Loyola University Medical Center and the National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match. Close to 200 blood cancer patients, caregivers and others saw presentations by medical experts about leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and MDS research and treatment options. 



Research Grants Review

June is an exciting month at the LRF. One of the reasons is that the LRF Medical Advisory Board (MAB) will convene on Saturday, June 9 and review dozens of new blood cancer research projects submitted from around the world. The MAB uses the same scoring method as is used by the National Institutes of Health to evaluate and rank the projects, then provides their recommendations on funding back to the LRF.

You can still help us fund more research grants by supporting the LRF before June 30. Click here to donate now.

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Ann Mullally, M.D. and Wendy Stock, M.D.

Doctors Recognized as Women Leaders in Science

Congratulations to Ann Mullally, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Wendy Stock, M.D. at University of Chicago Medicine. Both were featured in an article published in Scientific American titled "Why Aren't There More Women Leaders in Science?"  Doctor Mullally was funded by the LRF in 2013 and Dr. Stock has participated in the LRF's Patient Education programs and is a member of our Medical Advisory Board.

The article sheds light on the need for more women in leadership positions in the scientific community from the perspective of several, well-respected female professionals. Click here to read the article.

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Key Step in Cellular Response to Stress Revealed by LRF-funded Researcher

Chih-Chi Andrew Hu, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Immunology, Microenvironment & Metastasis Program at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, and his team of scientists, have discovered how a key protein helps cells respond to stress. The protein is called IRE1 and understanding its role can help researchers understand cellular stress response in several illnesses including cancer. Read more about this discovery on Science Daily here.

The LRF supported Dr. Hu’s research in 2012. His research project was titled Antigen stimulation in malignant progression of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Learn more about the project here.


Photos of 23rd Annual ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run & 3K Walk at Grant Park in Chicago, IL on thursday June 15, 2017

Walk, Run and Fun to Fight Blood Cancers

Join us on Thursday, June 21 and spend the first day of summer fighting blood cancers at the 24th Annual ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk, presented by Wintrust Financial in Chicago’s Grant Park. The site opens at 4:30 p.m. and gear check is available for briefcases, purses, back packs, etc. The run starts at 6:25 p.m. and the start is broadcast live on ABC 7 Chicago. Online registration is available at www.Gibbons5K.com.

Already registered? Pre-event packet pickup is available on Saturday, June 16 and Tuesday, June 19. Click here for location, hours and other information. 

After your run or walk, stay for the party in the park. DJ Dan Luna will provide music and entertainment. There will be plenty of food and drink. The Kids Tent area will have lots of fun activities throughout the evening. You’re also invited to come by our Heroes of Hope Tent to meet others who have been touched by a blood cancer and be inspired by their stories and commitment to finding cures. An awards ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. The top three male and female runners will receive a commemorative medal. Medals will also be handed out to the top 3 male and female runners in each age category.


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Information Shared at Road to a Cure

Nearly 100 participants attended the 2nd Annual Road to a Cure: The Latest Developments in Blood Cancer Research, hosted by the LRF at the Cancer Wellness Center in Northbrook, Ill. on Wednesday, May 2. Information about lymphomas, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), CAR T-cell therapy, and checkpoint blockade therapy were among the topics presented by Dr. Justin Kline, Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Chicago Medicine. The program was made possible in part by the David Wortman Memorial Fund.

Doctor Kline presented the latest findings from research he has been conducting, then answered questions from attendees. His presentation slides are available for viewing on the LRF website. Research in Dr. Kline's laboratory focuses on overcoming barriers to immune resistance mechanisms in tumors. He develops models in mice to improve immune-mediated rejection of cancer that can be translated into clinical trials for patients with advanced malignancies. His research was supported by the LRF in 2010.

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Give a Gift that Fights Blood Cancers on Father’s Day

Here’s an easy way to find a Father’s Day gift and fight blood cancers at the same time! The LRF is participating in ShoppingGives, a website that helps raise money by turning everyday shopping into donations. Just shop online as usual and up to 40% of your purchase supports the LRF.

Get started now by clicking this link to shop online:

  • Click “Shop and Give Back.”
    There you will find hundreds of coupons and the percentage of your purchase that will be donated to the LRF.
  • Click a coupon to be taken to your selected online store or use search to connect to your favorite retailer.
  • Shop online as you normally would and a portion of your purchase is donated to the LRF!

Try it now. Thanks for shopping to fight blood cancers.

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Have You Considered Becoming A Monthly Donor?

Monthly giving is a win for you – and for the LRF. Your monthly gift fuels ongoing research and enables scientists to continue their vital work. It is safe and easy. Your gift will be securely and automatically processed each month. It also saves the LRF money; with reduced administration costs, more funding can go directly to research and patient programs. Automatic monthly giving is the easiest and most efficient way to support the LRF. You can easily start, change or stop your gift at any time. To set up your monthly support, please visit https://www.allbloodcancers.org/donate and select “make this a recurring gift.”



June  9
John & Tony's All Day Fundraiser
with the Nicholas Orjuela "Little Lefty"
Memorial Chapter

June 10
Goland Orenstein Sherman Memorial Chapter
50th Anniversary Luncheon

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


August 3-5
Kingfish Shootout
Carrabelle, Florida

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

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

September 30
72nd Annual Medical Awards Luncheon

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