Microscope | August 2019


Daniel Herranz Benito, Ph.D.

Daniel Herranz Benito, Pharm D., Ph.D.

$2 Million in Grants for Leukemia Research Foundation-Funded Researcher

Congratulations to Daniel Herranz Benito, Pharm D., Ph.D., on earning more than $2 million in grants to study T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). Doctor Herranz Benito, who was funded by the Leukemia Research Foundation in 2018, is a member of the Cancer Pharmacology Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. He is also an assistant professor of Pharmacology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University. Read more here.

The Leukemia Research Foundation supported Dr. Herranz Benito's project titled Dissecting the role of PKM2 in NOTCH1-induced T-ALL. Learn more about the project here.

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Esther Obeng, M.D., Ph.D.

Researcher Recognized Nationally

Esther Obeng, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Member, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has earned the 2019 Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award from American Association for Cancer Research.

Doctor Obeng’s research focuses on myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and developing new treatments for the disease. The project funded by the Leukemia Research Foundation in 2018 was titled Uncovering how SF3B1 and TET2 mutations cooperate to develop aggressive MDS. Learn more abour Dr. Obeng’s award by clicking here.

Craig A Mullen MD PhD

Craig A. Mullen, M.D., Ph.D.

$100,000 to Study Childhood Leukemia

Craig A. Mullen, M.D., Ph.D. and colleagues at the Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, have received a $100,000 grant to study childhood cancer treatments. The research will focus on leukemia, the most commonly diagnosed childhood cancer. Read and listen here.

Doctor Mullen, who was funded by the Leukemia Research Foundation in 1997, is the chief of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division, director of the Fellowship Program and professor in the Departments of Oncology and Microbiology & Immunology at Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Sarah A. Slavoff PhD

Sarah Slavoff, Ph.D.

Leukemia Research Foundation-Funded Researcher Honored

Congratulations to Sarah Slavoff, Ph.D. for earning the Smith Family Foundation Odyssey Award. Funded by the Leukemia Research Foundation in 2017, Dr. Slavoff is assistant professor of Chemistry and of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University. Her lab is studying the activities of the human genome formerly thought to be inactive. Read more about her research here.

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Michael Kharas, Ph.D.

Gene Modification and Leukemia

Michael Kharas, Ph.D., from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and colleagues are investigating how chemical markers on genes impact cell development and differentiation. Controlling the chemical markers can help to kill tumor cells associated with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Read more about this important development here.

The Leukemia Research Foundation provided funding for Kharas’ research in 2012. Kharas is Associate Member of the Molecular Pharmacology Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He studies RNA regulators of self-renewal in both normal and leukemic hematopoiesis.

Steven M. Chan, M.D., Ph.D.

Steven M. Chan, M.D., Ph.D.

Motivated by Patients

Steven M. Chan, M.D., Ph.D., one of the most recent researchers to earn a $100,000 grant from the Leukemia Research Foundation. He is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and a staff physician at its Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. His lab focuses on acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and developing new therapies to treat the disease. Get to know more about Dr. Chan by watching this video.

Learn more about Dr. Chan’s research funded by the Leukemia Research Foundation by clicking here.


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Educational Program for Spanish-Speaking Patients

The Leukemia Research Foundation is partnering with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to host an Educational Seminar on Blood Cancers in Spanish. The program will take place on Saturday, October 5 at the Consulate General of Mexico, 204 S. Ashland Avenue in Chicago. The program will be conducted entirely in Spanish and medical experts will discuss current treatments and options and answer questions from patients and their families and caregivers. Details and registration information can be found here.


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Fishing with Purpose

The 16th Kingfish Shootout was a great success. More than 200 anglers on 53 registered boats took to Gulf of Mexico waters off Carrabelle, Florida to fish for a cure for blood cancers, as well as compete for prize money for the largest kingfish, Spanish mackeral, and other categories. The event generated $43,520 for the Leukemia Research Foundation.

Thank you to the Crowder family and the many volunteers, sponsors and participants who make the Kingfish Shootout possible. The winner of the largest kingfish and $5,000 was Team Bill Collector with a 37.4-pound kingfish. The winner of the largest Spanish mackeral was team Renegade, who took home $2,000.


Help Us Raise Awareness During Blood Cancer Awareness Month

The Leukemia Research Foundation encourages everyone to help spread awareness of leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and MDS during September – Blood Cancer Awareness Month.

Connect with the Leukemia Research Foundation on social media, share our messages of action, hope, support, and motivation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

Need some ideas to get started, visit Blood Cancer Awareness Month on the Leukemia Research Foundation website and check our toolkit for helpful tools and tips. Together we can make a difference for all of those fighting these terrible diseases. #ConquerBloodCancers

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You Are Invited

The Leukemia Research Foundation cordially invites you to its 73rd Annual Medical Awards Luncheon on Sunday, September 22 from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn North Shore in Skokie, Illinois.

Meet hundreds of Leukemia Research Foundation supporters and volunteers, acknowledge the accomplishments of the past year and learn about this year’s funded research.

Reserve your seat by calling 847.424.0600 before September 8, 2019.


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Your Monthly Gift = A Huge Impact

Your continuous support drives innovation. For just a few dollars a month, your gift will provide funding for innovative research and help provide support to people impacted by a blood cancer diagnosis. Monthly giving is a convenient way to set up your gift to the Leukemia Research Foundation with an automatic, recurring contribution.

Your monthly donation is both effective and convenient, and your gift provides a steady and predictable source of income that will fund years of research and support for blood cancer patients and their families. It’s simple and easy.

Here's how the Monthly Giving Program works:

You choose the monthly amount to designate, and your credit card is charged.
Your first gift is charged on the day you choose. Subsequent gifts are charged the same date of each following month.
To change or stop your monthly gift, call 847.424.0600.

DONATE NOW by clicking here! Thank you for your generous gift and for making a difference in the lives of people with blood cancers.


August 9
Joey's Angels Chapter
18th Angels in the Fairway

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

September 22
73rd Annual Medical Awards Luncheon

September 28
Affiliate Board of the
Leukemia Research Foundation
Punching Out Blood Cancers

October 5
Annual Event in Spanish

October 12
Donald Davidson-Alan Brin
Memorial Chapter
Octoberfest at Alden Park Strathmoor

October 26
Conquer Leukemia Chapter
Inaugural Casino Night
Peachtree City, Georgia

November 19
Dads' Chapter
Rockin' for a Cure

January 12, 2020
Kids' Party

January 26, 2020
Annual Town Hall Meeting

January 30 - February 4, 2020
Donald Davidson - Alan Brin
Memorial Chapter
Ski for Research

Leukemia Research Foundation

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