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Donor Spotlight: Ethel Maybloom

Ethel Maybloom devoted her life to helping others. Born and raised in Queens, New York, she volunteered at her community’s senior center and state offices for Cerebral Palsy for more than 50 years. Ethel also devoted her time and energy to caring for her adult daughter, who suffered from multiple health disorders.

In 2011 at 97 years old, Ethel moved into Flushing House, a senior retirement home in Queens. Without missing a beat, she began volunteering for various programs and activities to help staff at the home. That same year, her community recognized her with their Senior Service Volunteer award.

Having witnessed her daughter struggle with illness, Ethel understood the importance of medical research. Before her passing in 2014, she identified the Leukemia Research Foundation as the beneficiary for a portion of her estate. According to her estate planner, the Leukemia Research Foundation’s mission and focus on blood cancer research “deeply resonated” with her.

“Ethel’s legacy gift to the Leukemia Research Foundation was transformational and has directly funded ten research projects over the past seven years,” said Kevin Radelet, the Foundation’s executive director. “Her name will forever be etched into the work we do.”

The Leukemia Research Foundation is profoundly grateful for the support provided by Ethel and other donors who have committed to planned gifts sustaining our mission into the future. To learn more about legacy gifts, visit our Planned Giving webpage or contact Cindy Kane at cindy@lrfmail.org.

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