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Three things you give when you give to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

By Troy Dunmire, LLS EVP and Chief Operating Officer | December 13, 2023
photo of Ella, blood cancer survivor

“LLS saved my life.” 

This is a common phrase I hear when I meet new people who discover I work for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). In those moments, I’m overwhelmed by the lifesaving impact of our work, and I’m reminded of my responsibility to show our supporters the transformative power of their generosity. 

Giving is more than a financial contribution. Yes, donations to LLS provide vital funding to help fund scientific research, provide support and education to patients and families, and advocate for legislation to benefit the blood cancer community. But they also do so much more. As we’ve entered a season of giving, here are three reasons to consider giving to LLS: 

You give hope

Blood cancer patients rely on research to find the treatments that will change their lives. As the largest nonprofit funder of leading-edge research for every type of blood cancer—including leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other rare types of blood cancers—LLS has helped advance 70% of the blood cancer treatments approved by the FDA in the last 6 years alone. 

This push for discovery directly impacts patients like Sara, a survivor of chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, which is a rare blood cancer that’s difficult to treat. Sara might not be alive today if it weren’t for breakthrough research funded by generous supporters of LLS. You can read her inspiring story here. When you give to LLS, you give patients hope of a world without blood cancer.

You give community

LLS is committed to providing information, resources, and support to those affected by blood cancers—including access to education and Information Specialists, peer-to-peer community,  financial support, and nutrition resources. We also offer a wide variety of community engagement opportunities through fundraising campaigns like Visionaries of the Year, Light The Night, Big Climb, and cycling events, along with college clubs, blood cancer conferences, and support for caregivers and families.

I met the Borowski family years ago at one of our Light The Night events, and now consider them good friends. Their daughter Ella, 11, is four years cancer-free after receiving a lifesaving bone marrow transplant from her older brother Noah, who was only 10 at the time of his donation. This family is so grateful for the holistic support they received from LLS during their cancer experience that they remain incredibly involved. Dave Borowski, Ella’s father, is volunteering his time as chair for the LLS Visionaries of the Year campaign to ensure other families can benefit as they did from being a part of the LLS community.  When you give to LLS, you offer patients, caregivers, and families the sense that they are not alone in their experience with blood cancer. 

You give progress

LLS was named a 2023 Best Workplace for Innovators, which means our people are thinking differently to make the most impact with your donation. We advocate every day for blood cancer patients and their families to create progress toward health equity and access to care for all.  We are also breaking down silos to unite critical partners in groundbreaking efforts like our Beat AML® Master Clinical Trial (highlighted in this documentary) or The Dare to Dream Project for pediatric blood cancer.  

At our first-ever Dare To Dream Summit this October, I was so inspired hearing from LLS-funded researchers like Dr. Rayne Rouce, who is working to advance less toxic treatments for pediatric blood cancer patients through innovative immunotherapy. While at the Summit, I also watched LLS team members join survivors and families on Capitol Hill to lobby for legislation to make access to safer, better treatments a reality for all blood cancer patients. When you give to LLS, you drive positive change and meaningful impact.  

What your impact looks like:

  • $25 could help fund an episode of The Bloodline, a free educational podcast for blood cancer patients and caregivers 

  • $50 could help fund free educational booklets for healthcare professionals and patients  

  • $100 could help fund a half-hour of free, one-on-one support to blood cancer patients and families 

  • $250 could help fund critical lab supplies for LLS-funded researchers 

  • $500 could help connect blood cancer patients to financial assistance through our Urgent Need Program 

  • $1,000 could help support the training of an LLS-funded research fellow for one week 

We know you have a choice where you give generously of your resources. That’s why we are so grateful to everyday philanthropists like you, who choose to create change in the world for blood cancer patients through their support of LLS. 

Donate now* to give so much more than a financial contribution to blood cancer patients and their families. 

*Thanks to a match from an anonymous donor, AND a $500,000 match from The Moore Charitable Family Foundation, your donation on will be TRIPLE MATCHED through 12/31!