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Lymphoma Research Foundation Welcomes Diane Blum as its
New Chief Executive Officer
New York, NY . . . The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF), the nation's largest lymphoma focused voluntary health organization devoted exclusively to funding lymphoma research and providing patients and health care professionals with critical information on the disease, today proudly welcomes Diane Blum as the Foundation's Chief Executive Officer.
Diane joins LRF after serving for twenty years as the Executive Director of CancerCare. During her tenure as Executive Director, CancerCare grew from a regional agency to a $35 million dollar organization that provides professional support services and financial assistance to people with cancer and their loved ones in all 50 states.
"With her vast experience and knowledge, we are confident that Diane will successfully lead LRF into the next decade with great passion, as we move forward in our mission to eradicate lymphoma and help those touched by the disease," stated Errol Cook, Chairman of the LRF Board of Directors.
Prior to joining CancerCare as its director of social service, Ms. Blum served as social work supervisor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Ms. Blum serves as Editor-in-Chief of cancer.net, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) website for patients and the public. She serves on committees of ASCO, the National Association of Social Workers and the Institute of Medicine and is a member of the editorial boards of five oncology-related publications. She is co-founder of the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations and is also a founder of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Ms. Blum's awards include the Special Recognition Award from the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and the Special Recognition Award of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Most recently, Ms. Blum received ASCO's 2009 Partners in Progress award which honors patient advocates whose work has increased public awareness about cancer and its causes, cures and treatment.
Ms. Blum has written and lectured extensively about the psychosocial needs of cancer patients and their families. Her research has been published in a variety of medical journals including the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, and Annals of Internal Medicine among others.
Ms. Blum received a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester and a master's degree from the School of Social Welfare at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
"It is wonderful to officially join LRF as its Chief Executive Officer," Blum said. "I am excited to join this dedicated team of professionals and confidant that through collaboration, ambitious goals and a shared commitment to impact, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by a lymphoma diagnosis."
About the Lymphoma Research Foundation
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation's largest voluntary health organization devoted exclusively to funding lymphoma research and providing patients and healthcare professionals with critical information on the disease. LRF's mission is to eradicate lymphoma and serve those touched by this disease.
As of June 30, 2009, LRF has funded over $40 million in lymphoma-specific research. The Foundation is the world's largest private funder of mantle cell lymphoma research. LRF also provides a comprehensive series of programs and services for patients, survivors and loved ones affected by lymphoma, including our toll-free Lymphoma Helpline and Clinical Trials Information Service, in-person patient education programs, web casts/teleconferences and support services.
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