About Us

In 1946, the Leukemia Research Foundation was established to memorialize 12-year-old Sherwin Pessin. Leukemia was a well-known but not well-understood disease. For Sherwin and thousands of other children and adults, there was no hope and no possibility for a cure.

Our mission

The Leukemia Research Foundation is dedicated to conquering all blood cancers by funding research into their causes and cures, and enriching the quality of life of those touched by these diseases.

Research grants

We fund promising blood cancer research worldwide to accelerate the development of new treatments and therapies.

Patient + family support

We support blood cancer patients and their families with free education programs, peer support, and financial assistance.

Our impact


raised in support of our mission


research projects funded worldwide


disbursed in need-based financial support


participants in patient education programs over last ten years

Board + staff

Board of Directors

Medical Advisory Board

Affiliate Board

Professional staff

Volunteer chapters

The Leukemia Research Foundation grew out of the dedication of legions of volunteers committed to finding a cure. The first chapter was formed in 1946 and has been joined by many others over the years. Today, 21 volunteer chapters continue to be an integral part of the Foundation.