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Fifth Annual Houston Lymphomathon

Take a Step with LRF in 2014
Registration Now Open for the Fifth Annual Houston Lymphomathon
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Stude Park
1031 Stude Street
Houston, TX 77007

Start your team today and take a step to find a cure for lymphoma. The Houston Lymphomathon is a non-competitive 5K walk where survivors, family, friends, community members and corporate teams walk in honor and in memory of those whose lives have been touched by lymphoma while raising funds for research and programming. Pictured on the right are some of our fabulous walkers from 2013.

Planning Committee

We are always looking for new members to join the Lymphomathon Planning Committee. Not only will you play an integral role in the success of the Lymphomathon, but you will have the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of volunteers who share your passion of making a difference in the lives of those touched by lymphoma. If you are interested in joining the Planning Committee, please contact Jen Torres, Community Engagement Manager, at (713) 724-7202 or email

Our First Cooking Program is a Delicious Success
More than 45 attendees gathered to sample healthy recipes

The Houston Chapter and Memorial Hermann Southwest Cancer Center partnered for the first-ever "Making Healthy Eating Delicious" program on September 12, 2013. Darian Hewitt, Memorial Hermann Executive Chef, and Erika Jenschke, Oncology Dietician, demonstrated how to make three healthy recipes using super-foods (pictured on right).

Attendees were able to sample each dish while learning how each ingredient was nourishing to the body and mind. We would like to thank our in-kind sponsors Central Market and Sysco for donating all the food for the program.

If you were unable to attend the program but would like copies of the recipes presented, email Jen Torres at Pictures from the evening program can be viewed on LRF's National Facebook page at

City of Houston Partners with LRF during Blood Cancer Awareness Month
Chapter supporters take group photo in front of City Hall

A big thank you to Houston City Hall for supporting LRF's Light It Red for Lymphoma campaign by lighting up red September 13 -15. More than forty Chapter supporters gathered to honor their loved ones touched by lymphoma (pictured on right). Following the photo, the group enjoyed a social hour at Hard Rock Café.

In 2010, September was designated as Blood Cancer Awareness Month by the United States Congress. Since then, LRF has been a leader in raising public awareness about lymphoma. Iconic buildings and landmarks around the country participate in our annual Light It Red for Lymphoma campaign to bring hope to those affected by lymphoma.

Jodi Lemley Succeeds Kristin Hess as Chapter President
A note from our new President

Dear Chapter Members,

Jodi Lemley

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the newly elected Houston Chapter President for the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) as of June 1, 2013. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in February 1994 and underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments. I'm thrilled to say that I have been in remission ever since thanks to the extraordinary medical team at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the support from friends and family.

When I was diagnosed, LRF did not exist and it was difficult to find information about lymphoma. I had to rely on family and friends that "knew someone" to put me in touch with to talk about their experiences, treatments, and support. Fast forward to 2010, I discovered the Houston Chapter of LRF and quickly realized the powerful research funded by the Foundation.

I am excited about my new role and hope to help others through their lymphoma diagnosis. I am truly honored and humbled to have been asked to replace the outstanding Kristin Hess as Chapter President and look forward to growing the Chapter through outreach initiatives, education programs and community fundraisers.

Jodi Lemley

2013 Houston Lymphomaton

4th Annual Houston Lymphomathon Brings Together Lymphoma Survivors, Friends and Family
More than 400 people gathered to walk on April 6, 2013

We are pleased to report that the 2013 Houston Lymphomathon was a great success! The event was held at Stude Park and raised over $42,000 for life-saving research. Walkers enjoyed beautiful weather, food from la Madeleine and My Fit Foods, a Jazzercise warm-up and great giveaways from Bubbles Car Wash, Sterling McCall Lexus and many more.

LRF would like to thank our Lymphomathon co-Chairs Brett & Jodi Lemley and all the fabulous volunteers that helped out on event day.

A huge thank you to our sponsors:

Sterling McCall Lexus, Genentech, la Madeleine Country French Cafe, My Fit Foods, ALSA Dental, Kroger, Bubbles Car Wash, H-E-B, Houston Community Newspapers, Finley Films and Texas Business Theatre.

To view pictures from this year's event, visit the LRF Facebook page. Just look for the album titled "Houston Lymphomathon 2013".

Love to Find A Cure - Group

From L to R: MayJane Mudd, Christina Finley (event co-chair), Amy Dukes, Donna Reinbolt (event co-chair)

Second Annual Love to Find a Cure Wine Tasting held at Porsche of West Houston
Event raises nearly $20,000 on Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Houston Chapter's second annual Love to Find a Cure wine tasting was held on February 23, 2013 at Porsche of West Houston. More than 130 guests sampled wine selections from Spec's Wine, Spirits and Finer Foods and dined on pairings from la Madeleine Country French Cafe and Colleen's Confections of Houston.

Guests came together to support the Lymphoma Research Foundation and raised nearly $20,000. A highlight of the night was a last-minute live auction package - a Porsche of the winner's choice for a weekend!

A special thank you goes out to our Event Chairs, Shane & Christina Finley and Paul & Donna Reinbolt for their commitment to LRF's mission. We would also like to acknowledge the Planning Committee for donating their time and resources to make the event so special.

LRF would also like to recognize our generous Sponsors and Business Partners:

Sommelier Level — Finley Films, Oncology Nursing Society WOW West Houston Chapter, Paul & Donna Reinbolt.

Connoisseur Level — Process Outlet Control.

Aficionado Level — Collinas Design & Construction, Glenn & Sally Goss, Mrs. & Mrs. Jerry M. McClain, R.C. Systems.

Enthusiast Level — John & Amy Dukes, Michael Farmer & Michelle Samadany, Pablo & Sonia Garces, GMS Dental Centers, Chris & MaryJane Mudd, Paulo & Carla Rubinstein, Tim & Kathy Tipton, Vets Journey Home Texas, Inc.

Business Partners — Art in Bloom, Colleen's Confections of Houston, la Madeleine Country French Cafe, NMadrid Photography, Minuteman Press, Porsche of West Houston, Jon Smith Graphic Design, Spec's Wine, Spirits and Finer Foods.

Making a Difference: The LRF Advocacy Program

Our local Advocacy Program focuses on taking action on laws, policies and positions that affect every lymphoma patient and survivor. By contacting elected officials via phone calls, e-mail and letters in support of these priorities, local advocates help LRF to make lymphoma a national health priority. To become involved with these advocacy efforts, contact your local Advocacy Chair today at To learn more, click here.

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If you would like to make a difference, give back or simply become more involved in helping to organize education, support or fundraising activities in the Houston area, please contact:

Jen Torres
Community Engagement Manager
(713) 724-7202

Chapter Leadership

Jodi Lemley, President
Kristin Hess, Immediate Past President
Christina Finley, Love to Find a Cure Co-Chair
Shane Finley, Love to Find a Cure Co-Chair
Richard Jones, Ph.D, Member
Brett Lemley, Member
Julie Lever, Member
Linda Madrid, Member
Naomi Madrid, Member
SueEllen Magzen, Member
Tom Magzen, DDS, Member
Catherine Payne, Member
Donna Reinbolt, Member & National Board of Directors
Mel Sheinberg, Member
Sandi Sheinberg, Member