About the Lymphoma Research Foundation
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and providing people with lymphoma and healthcare professionals with up-to-date information about this type of cancer. LRF's mission is to eradicate lymphoma and serve those touched by this disease.
LRF was formed in November 2001 by the merger of the Cure for Lymphoma Foundation (CLF) and the Lymphoma Research Foundation of America (LRFA). Both organizations were founded by lymphoma advocates who sought to use their personal experiences with lymphoma to benefit others with the disease. CLF was founded in 1994 in New York City by Jerry Freundlich, a non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivor, and his wife Barbara Freundlich. LRFA was founded in 1991 by Ellen Glesby Cohen, who lost her own battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in August 2000. Click here to learn more about our founders.
How We Assist Members of the Lymphoma Community
Our goal is to change the future for everyone whose life has been affected by a lymphoma diagnosis. We are dedicated to funding biomedical research focused on the origins, treatment and identification of a cure for lymphoma; to raising public awareness of the disease; and providing support and services to people with lymphoma, their families and caregivers.
LRF Research Portfolio
The Foundation remains dedicated to identifying a cure for lymphoma through its research program. Our research portfolio extends to all lymphoma subtypes and consists of the following grant awards:
Young Investigator Grants attract and train early career scientists for lymphoma research through three distinct programs:
Disease-Specific Focus Areas grants are given to senior researchers studying specific subtypes and/or patient populations, including but not limited to:
LRF Programs and Services
LRF assists members of the lymphoma community by providing comprehensive, disease-specific programs and services to more than 60,000 people each year, including:
The Foundation's Board of Directors is comprised of business leaders, medical professionals and lymphoma survivors from across the United States who utilize their skills and expertise to further the LRF mission. Steven J. Prince is the current Chairman of the LRF Board of Directors. The Foundation's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), comprised of 45 world-renowned lymphoma experts, guides LRF research activities, seeking out the most innovative and promising lymphoma research projects for support. John P. Leonard, MD, is the current Chair of the SAB. The LRF senior leadership team oversees the Foundation's work to combat lymphoma and assist members of the lymphoma community.
Elizabeth Thompson is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Lymphoma Research Foundation, the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding lymphoma research and providing patients and health care professionals with critical information on the disease. Read More >
Meghan Gutierrez is the Chief Program, Policy and Communications Officer for the Lymphoma Research Foundation. She joined the organization in 2008. In this capacity, Ms. Gutierrez leads the Foundation's legislative and policy initiatives before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies, and coordinates the activity of the organization's advocate community. Read More >
Lisa Vogel is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Lymphoma Research Foundation. She joined the organization in July 2009. As the COO, Ms. Vogel is responsible for the Foundation's finance operations, including reporting and budgeting, database management and infrastructure support, human resources, as well as day-to-day operations. Read More >
Taylor Zitay Kahn is the Director of Distinguished Events for the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF). She joined the organization in November 2006. As the Director of Distinguished Events, Ms. Kahn is responsible for leading the Foundation's high level fundraising events of various sizes and scope in cities across in the country. Read More >
Robin Roland Levy is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at the Lymphoma Research Foundation. She joined the organization in December 2013. In this capacity, she leads the Foundation's legislative and policy initiatives before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies, and coordinates the activity of the organization's advocate community. Read More >
Evelyn Lipori is the Director of Stewardship for the Lymphoma Research Foundation. She joined the Foundation staff in 2010, following her ten-year tenure on its Board of Directors. In her current role, Ms. Lipori leads the organization's Individual and Major Donor Programs, as well as Workplace Giving and Planned Giving efforts. Read More >
Max Mulcahy is as the Director of Clinical and Scientific Programs. He joined the organization in 2010. In this role, Mr. Mulcahy oversees the execution and development of the Lymphoma Research Foundation's (LRF) Scientific Advisory Board and scientific consortia meetings, which drive the Foundation's research agenda and disease-specific priorities. Read More >
Heather Patrick is the Vice President of Community Engagement & Active Lifestyle Events for the Lymphoma Research Foundation. She joined the organization in 2013. In this new role for LRF, Ms. Patrick leads LRF's efforts to connect with people in communities to develop deeper relationships with physician researchers, healthcare providers, patients, advocates, donors and volunteers. Read More >
Peggy Ann Torney is the Director of Communications and Marketing. She joined the organization in 2010. As the Director of Communications and Marketing, Ms. Torney leads the Foundation's communications and marketing strategies. She is responsible for the organization's brand management, public relations, print publications, digital communications and social media efforts. Read More >
Anita E. Welborn is the Senior Director, Patient Education and Services. She joined the organization in January, 2014. In this capacity, Ms. Welborn leads the Foundation's patient education and support services including regional and local workshops, webcasts as well as the organization's patient education materials. Read More >
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