The Leukemia Research Foundation's mission is to cure leukemia by funding innovative research, and to support patients and families. Thanks to our donors, we have raised more than $87M in support of this mission.
As the nation’s largest nonprofit focused exclusively on funding leukemia research, we have invested millions in research projects worldwide to accelerate the development of new and better treatments and an ultimate cure for leukemia.
Leukemia is a complex disease with dozens of subtypes that differ in clinical presentation and treatment response. Our grants fund a broad range of topics so researchers can investigate leukemia from every angle. Below are some of the scientific advancements made by researchers funded by the Leukemia Research Foundation. For more breakthroughs, visit our News page.
Drug may prevent post-transplant relapse
Nearly half of acute myeloid leukemia patients relapse after a transplant. Raffaella Di Micco, PhD, from Ospedale San Raffaele in Milan, Italy has uncovered why and is currently exploring the use of an experimental drug that shows promise.
New, safer CAR-T therapy is pending FDA approval
Reshmi Parameswaran, PhD, from Case Western University School of Medicine has developed a new CAR-T therapy that is safer, longer-lasting, and more cost-effective than traditional CAR-Ts. The new therapy is awaiting FDA approval to begin clinical trials.
Avocados may offer a better leukemia treatment
Paul Spagnuolo, PhD, from the University of Guelph has identified a compound in avocados that inhibits an enzyme responsible for cancer cell growth.
A new potential targeted therapy for acute leukemia
Daniel Herranz Benito, PhD, from Rutgers Cancer Institute has identified a new targeted therapy for T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia that interrupts cancer growth in a lab setting.
Researcher confirms nutrient’s role in childhood leukemia
Iannis Aifantis, PhD, from NYU Langone Health has confirmed diets low in valine slow the progression of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia cancer cells.
Through our patient-centered approach, access to leukemia experts, and nationwide partnerships, our support programs help patients and their loved ones navigate every step of their cancer journey. Our goal is to provide leukemia patients and their families with a single and trusted source for information, education programs, and support services and connect them with other credible organizations and resources.
I am eternally grateful for the support of the Leukemia Research Foundation and its very generous donors. The Foundation is an excellent resource for patients and their families.
Since diagnosis, my husband has been through multiple stages of chemo, a stem cell transplant, and various complications post stem cell transplant. This money will allow us to pay a large amount of the medical bills that we owe and use our limited income for daily needs, such as groceries and rent. What a relief it is to have assistance.
I would like to personally thank the generous donors for the grant money I have received from the Foundation. It has relieved some of the stress on myself and my family knowing we can pay a little more toward my medical bills. We are very grateful to know people like you exist. Thank you!
I've been going to Leukemia Research Foundation's patient education programs since 2016. I've learned a lot from the doctors and the programs are so affirming! When you hear information from top doctors that confirms the treatment direction you are going, it makes you feel more confident and relieved that you're on the right track.
The Leukemia Research Foundation is a lifesaver. I stopped going to the doctor because I was overwhelmed with medical bills, co-pays, and transportation costs. Thank you for the support you have given me — my doctor says I’m improving again. You are the only organization that would help me out when I needed it.