Microscope | August 2018



Jin Seon Im, M.D., Ph.D.

Meet Jin Seon Im, M.D., Ph.D.

The Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF) is currently funding a research project titled Third Party Gene-Modified iNK t cells to Prevent GVHD and Relapse after Transplantion, submitted by Jin Seon Im, M.D., Ph.D. from the MD Anderson Cancer Center. We asked her a few questions about her career.

When did you choose to pursue blood cancer research as a career?

"The moment I met patients living with blood cancer, as clinical fellow, was a very special and life changing experience. It made me realize how much I care for them as a physician and what I should focus on as a researcher. I never looked back."

How do you think your research will impact society?

"I may be able to help patients with blood cancer through basic/translational research in cancer immunology and immunotherapy."

What’s the best professional advice you have received?

"The best advice I’ve received from a mentor is that 'you follow your heart.' I’ve always enjoyed science and I am grateful that I have a chance to help blood cancer patients."

Find the current list of research projects being funded on the Leukemia Research Foundation website.


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Predicting CML Relapse Discussed by LRF-funded Researcher

Adam Mead, Ph.D., MRCP, FRCPath, from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, UK is featured in a video about chromic myeloid leukemia (CML) and the use of single cell genomics and real-world data to predict the chance of relapse after treatment is stopped.

The video, which can be viewed here, was recorded at the British Society of Haematology (BSH) 2018 Annual Meeting in Liverpool, UK. Mead’s research was supported by the Leukemia Research Foundation in 2013.

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Fotis Asimakopoulos, M.D., Ph.D.

LRF-funded Researcher Earns $600,000 Grant

The Leukemia Research Foundation congratulates Fotis Asimakopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., who recently earned a three-year, $600,000 Translational Research Program Grant from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The research project focuses on how cancer cells resist treatment and assess a biomarker commonly found in multiple myeloma. Read more about the award here.

Doctor Asimakopoulos is Associate Professor, Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. His research was funded by the LRF in 2011.



Blood Cancer Educational Program for Spanish-speaking Patients

The Leukemia Research Foundation is partnering with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to host an Educational Program for Spanish-speaking blood cancer patients, caregivers and families on Saturday, September 8 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Consulate General of Mexico, 204 S. Ashland Avenue in Chicago. Medical experts will discuss current treatments and options and answer questions from attendees.

Online registration is available now by clicking here, or call Javier Macias at (312) 568-7716 for more information.

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Leaving a Legacy

Few of us can singlehandedly change the course of history but we do have the opportunity to create a lasting legacy that reflects our values and hopes that we have held dear throughout our lifetimes.

Through a bequest to the Leukemia Research Foundation, you can support vital blood cancer research and patient programs while also reducing your personal estate taxes.

Please consider using the language below to leave a gift in your will or living trust to the Leukemia Research Foundation, an organization that has committed itself for more than 72 years to finding cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and all blood cancers.

“I give and bequeath unto the Leukemia Research Foundation, a 501 (C ) 3 non-profit organization, EIN 36-6102182, the sum of $_________ to be used for its general charitable purposes.”

If you do not wish to specify an amount, you may use a residuary bequest that is stated as a percentage of your estate.

For more information, please contact Cindy Kane, Senior Director of Development, at (847) 424-0600 or cindy@LRFmail.org.



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Kingfish Shootout Surpasses $1 Million

Congratulations to the Crowder Family and C-Quarters Marina in Carrabelle, Fla., hosts of the 15th Annual Kingfish Shootout. This year’s event, which generated $85,025 for the Leukemia Research Foundation, exceeded the $1 million mark in net proceeds raised since its inception in 2003.

The Kingfish Shootout is a fishing tournament held in the Gulf of Mexico featuring kingfish, or if you prefer king mackerel, and for the last few years has included competition for Spanish mackerel. The event was created to honor the memory of Lisa Crowder, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2001 and succumbed to the disease. It’s a family-friendly event which guarantees anglers a $20,000 payout for 10 places. Forty-nine boats representing more than 200 anglers, were registered for the event, which was held August 3-5. Anglers enjoy the camaraderie this event evokes as well as its purpose. Many share stories of years of participation and connections to family members and friends who have also experienced a leukemia diagnosis. This year, Lisa’s daughters Lindsey Page and Leigh Tillman and their families attended the event, making the weekend that much more special for all participants. Check out this video on the Kingfish Shootout on this episode of PanhandleOutdoors.

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Help Us Spread Awareness During Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Blood Cancer Awareness Month takes place in September. The Leukemia Research Foundation will take the opportunity to raise awareness about these terrible diseases by using its website, social media channels and more. It’s important for people to know that the Leukemia Research Foundation exists to fund research to find cures for leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and myelodysplastic syndromes and support those living with one of these diagnoses and their families. 

You can help us spread the word. Like and follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedInYouTubeInstagram, and Snapchat. Look for messages from us near the end of August and then, participate. Share and comment on our messages. Tell your story. Share a photo or two. Together, we’ll move closer to a world free of blood cancers.


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72nd Annual Medical Awards Luncheon

Hundreds of Leukemia Research Foundation volunteers, donors and supporters will gather in September to acknowledge the accomplishments of the past year, learn about this year’s funded research and much more at the 72nd Annual Medical Awards Luncheon Sunday, September 30 at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn North Shore in Skokie, Ill. Reserve your seat today by calling (847) 424-0600.


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

August 25
Donald Davidson-Alan Brin Memorial Chapter
Alden Gardens of Waterford BBQ Bash

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

September 8
Annual Event in Spanish

September 29
Steve "Grimey" Grimes
Memorial Chapter
3rd Annual Nite Capper Ball

September 30
72nd Annual Medical Awards Luncheon

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