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

Fund worldwide medical research.

The Leukemia Research Foundation exclusively funds New Investigators - individuals beginning to establish their own laboratories that are no longer under the tutelage of a senior scientist mentor. It is difficult for them to get the level of funding they need at this critical point in their careers.

The Leukemia Research Foundation is unique in the level of support it provides to highly promising scientists in this absolutely critical research niche. Providing one year grants of $100,000 to selected New Investigator researchers, allows innovative scientists to act on their ideas, and try new procedures and experiments that will hopefully lead to significant breakthroughs. The Leukemia Research Foundation funds the research of scientists that are from independent labs, not the labs of pharmaceutical companies.

Researchers funded by the LRF publish their results in an effort to inform the scientific community about their advances. In addition, their initial results are used to obtain grants from larger, multi-year funding sources - thus furthering their research and potential for finding a cure.

Support of the LRF will fuel today’s creative ideas and help launch the careers of scientists who may further our understanding of blood cancers for years to come. Founded in 1946, the LRF has raised more than $80 million in its 73-year history supporting its mission.

Financial Assistance

Along with the stress of combating the disease itself, blood cancers bring with them a mountain of medical bills and out-of-pocket expenses. Co-pays, deductibles and prescription costs can leave you wondering how to pay the next bill.

If you live within 100 miles of Chicago or in the state of Illinois, the Leukemia Research Foundation may be able to help. We provide financial assistance to qualified patients and families. Our program reimburses almost any treatment-related expense not covered by your medical insurance.

*Please note:

Insurance premiums / COBRA premiums / Medicare premiums are not covered by this program.

Follow these steps to apply. Complete the application and return:

  • Completed application
  • A letter of diagnosis from your physician, and
  • Copies of your income tax returns for the last three (3) years

Mail all information to the Leukemia Research Foundation, Attn: Patient Financial Assistance Program, 191 Waukegan Road, Suite 105, Northfield, IL 60093. You may also email the form to

Application Guidelines

Application Form (mail-in)

Application Form (fill-in)

Reimbursement Form

Patient Education and Support

The LRF conducts educational and support programs for patients, family members, caregivers and medical professionals. These conferences, including the Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference, the Town Hall Meeting, and Town Hall Meeting in Spanish, are offered free of charge or registration. They provide opportunities for direct dialogue between patients and prominent hematology/oncology and transplant specialists to discuss treatment options and procedures.

Town Hall Meeting
The Town Hall Meeting is a three-hour opportunity for patients, family members and caregivers to have the chance to ask questions to a panel of experts in the field of hematology/oncology about their particular diagnosis. Questions on treatment options, patient care, side effects, transplant procedures and many other topics are posed - all are answered with compassion and care. As a result, these patients are able to make informed decisions about their treatment. Details here.

Educational Seminar on Blood Cancers
This program, conducted entirely in Spanish. is an opportunity for patients, family members and caregivers to ask questions to a panel of experts in the field of hematology/oncology about their particular diagnosis. Parking, lunch and childcare are included with this program. Click here for details.

Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients Conference
Treatment Options for Blood Cancer Patients is specifically designed for blood cancer patients, their families and caregivers, and provides background on the various types of transplants that are available as viable forms of treatment for leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. Leading hematology/oncology and transplant medical professionals present detailed data and insights at this forum. Patients leave empowered with the knowledge they need to make informed treatment choices. Details here.