Microscope | October 2018

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Leukemia Research Foundation Board President Larry Mix with Dr. Patrick Stiff, Loyola division director of hematology-oncology and Dr. Michael Nishimura, cancer immunology program leader at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center at Loyola University Medical Center.

Leukemia Research Foundation Supports CAR-T Cell Therapy Research with $250,000 Gift

The Leukemia Research Foundation is supporting CAR-T cell research at Loyola University Chicago and Loyola Medicine with a lead gift of $250,000 to help produce cancer fighting CAR-T cells to treat leukemia and lymphoma.

CAR-T cell therapy has been shown to be remarkably effective in treating cancer patients who have failed standard treatments. CAR-T cell therapy harnesses the patient's immune system to fight cancer. Loyola is planning on producing a more purified CAR-T cell product that potentially could reduce toxicities and the cost of this expensive treatment. Loyola plans to enroll patients in a clinical trial of its CAR-T cells by the end of 2018.

“Supporting CAR-T research directly aligns with our mission of funding medical research and enriching the quality of life of those touched by these diseases," said LRF Executive Director Kevin Radelet.

Learn more about this groundbreaking research here.

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(L to R) Affiliate Board Members Claire Kelley, Shana Sanchez and Taylor Hoffman

Leukemia Research Foundation Announces Affiliate Board

The Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF) is proud to announce the formation of an Affiliate Board. The new board, which has raised more than $14,000 to date, is made up of millennials empowering the LRF through fundraising and by serving as the LRF’s ambassadors in the community. The Board’s mission is to increase awareness of all blood cancers and foster the importance of funding research by using enthusiasm and commitment as ambassadors of the Leukemia Research Foundation.

The Affiliate Board of the Leukemia Research Foundation will host “Punching Out Blood Cancers” on Thursday, October 4 for 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Punch Bowl Social, 310 N. Green Street in Chicago. Meet members of the Affiliate Board while enjoying games such as washer toss, giant Jenga, bags, yardzee and more. Admission and raffle tickets are available online now at https://www.allbloodcancers.org/punch-bowl.

Read more about the LRF Affiliate Board here.


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Save the Date: #GivingTuesday is November 27, 2018

The Leukemia Research Foundation is counting on your support on #GivingTuesday, which will happen this year on Tuesday, November 27, just after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

More information on how you can help fund blood cancer research and support patients and families who have been diagnosed with one of these terrible diseases on #GivingTuesday will be on the LRF website soon.

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(L to R) Dr. Lucy Godley, Dr. Paul Rubinstein and Dr. Angel Galvez

Co-Hosted Program Serves Spanish-Speaking Blood Cancer Patients

Close to 60 patients, family members and caregivers had the opportunity to participate in open dialogue with medical experts on leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers at the Patient Education in Spanish Program. The program was free to the general public and was held in partnership with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for the first time September 8 in Chicago. Patients were extremely engaged asking questions of the panel for the duration of the program. An informal lunch provided additional interaction between patients and medical experts.

Thanks to the Consulate General of Mexico where the program was held, and Lucy Godley, M.D. from University of Chicago Medicine, Paul Rubinstein, M.D. from John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, and Angel Galvez, M.D. from Advocate Health Care/Center for Advanced Care for presenting at the program and thanks to all of the sponsors and donors who made the program possible.

Save the date now for the Leukemia Research Foundation’s Annual Town Hall Meeting, scheduled for Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Lisle, Ill.

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Support Until the Cures Are Found

There are various ways in which you can make charitable gifts that have an immediate and lasting impact on the Leukemia Research Foundation and the people we serve. Gifts of all sizes are appreciated and make a difference in the effort to find cures and develop better treatments for all blood cancers and support patients and families. Here are a few examples.

Matching Gifts
Double (and sometimes triple) your contribution if your company matches gifts. Contact your Human Resources Department and ask if your company matches gifts.

Stock Gifts
Making a gift of stock or securities can provide a greater tax benefit to you than a cash gift. You may take a charitable deduction for the full-market value of the appreciated stock, while avoiding any capital gains taxes.

Recurring Gifts
Make a more sizable contribution by arranging for regularly scheduled payments to be made year-round. You determine the amount and frequency of your donation.

Planned Giving, Bequests
Remember the LRF in your will, trust or other estate plans. Through planned giving, you can donate a specific dollar amount, a share or entire remainder of your estate, personal property or real estate. 

Please consider making a gift in the method that fits you and your situation best. Be sure to contact your attorney or tax advisor when making or revising your estate plans. For more information about these giving options, please contact the LRF office at (847) 424-0600 or by emailing info@LRFMail.org.


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Kids' Party 2019

The Leukemia Research Foundation will host its annual party for pediatric blood cancer patients on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, Ill. This free-of-charge event for kids and their families will include brunch, therapy dogs from Pet Partners of Greater Chicago, a performance by Robin’s Dog Stars, music, activities and FUN!. Here’s how you can support htis fabulous party:

  • Please share this information with other families who have a child diagnosed with a blood cancer.
  • If you would like to get more information on ways to support this event, please contact Linda at linda@LRFmail.org or call (847) 424-0600.
  • If you would like to make a donation, click here and note "Kids' Party" in the comments section.
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Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Thank you for your support of Blood Cancer Awareness Month. The month was a great success with a number of awareness initiatives offered throughout September.

One of the highlights of the month was the support of several Chicago businesses that lit their building orange during some of or the entire month. Another was the public acknowledgement of some Leukemia Research Foundation Heroes. Their stories can be found here. A third highlight was the interview of one of our hero families on ABC 7 Chicago, which you can watch here.

Please click on the social media links below to see everything that was posted during the month. Better yet, make sure to follow us to keep up with important news about the LRF and success stories in the fight to cure blood cancers.

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17th Angels in the Fairway Nets $125,000

The Joey’s Angels Chapter of the Leukemia Research Foundation hosted its 17th Angels in the Fairway Golf Outing at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisc. August 10. More than 200 golfers hit the links in either a morning or afternoon tee-off on the famous Brute or Highlands courses. After golf, participants joined their spouses and friends for a reception and dinner for close to 400 guests.

The event generated $125,000 in net revenue, which means that the Chapter, since 1996, has raised more than $2.4 million to support the mission of the LRF. Thank you to all of the participants, sponsors, donors and volunteers who make this event so successful each year.


October 4
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Affiliate Board
Punching Out Blood Cancers

December 6
Dads' Chapter
15th Annual Rockin' for a Cure

January 13, 2019
Kids' Party

January 20, 2019
Annual Town Hall Meeting

February 21 - February 26, 2019
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Memorial Chapter
Ski for Research

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