About the Lymphoma Research Foundation

Our Mission

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.

Our Founders

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:

  • Clinical Investigator Career Development Awards
  • Lymphoma Clinical Research Mentoring Program
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships

Disease-Specific Focus Areas grants are given to senior researchers studying specific subtypes and/or patient populations, including but not limited to:

  • Adolescent/young adult (AYA) lymphomas
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL)
  • Follicular lymphoma (FL)
  • Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL)

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:

  • Clinical Trials Information Service
  • Disease-Specific Publications and Websites
  • Focus On Lymphoma Mobile App
  • In-person Workshops and Educational Forums
  • Lymphoma Helpline
  • Lymphoma Support Network
  • Online Resources, Teleconferences and Webcasts/Podcasts
  • Patient Aid Grants
  • Professional Education
  • Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Social Media

Foundation Leadership

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. Michael Werner 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. Leo I. Gordon, MD, FACP, 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.

Meghan Gutierrez, Chief Executive Officer

Meghan Gutierrez, Chief Executive Officer

Meghan Gutierrez is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF), 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 >

Lisa Vogel, Chief Operating Officer

Lisa Vogel, Chief Operating Officer

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 >

Peggy Ann Torney, Chief Strategy, Communications and Engagement Officer

Peggy Ann Torney, Chief Strategy, Communications and Engagement Officer

Peggy Ann Torney is the Chief Strategy, Communications and Engagement Officer at the Lymphoma Research Foundation. She joined the organization in 2010. As the Chief Strategy, Communications and Engagement Officer, Ms. Torney plays a critical role in the strategic direction of the Foundation's communications and mission programs. Read More >

Carol Flores, Controller and VP of Information Services

Carol Flores

Carol Flores is the Controller & VP of Information Services for the Lymphoma Research Foundation. She joined the organization in March 2012. In this capacity she leads the day to day operations of the finance and the database units. Read More >

Dennis Chillemi, Senior Director of Development

Dennis Chillemi

Dennis Chillemi is the Senior Director of Development at the Lymphoma Research Foundation joining the organization in 2017. In this role, Mr. Chillemi is responsible for the development and implementation of national strategic plans for all fundraising activities, including corporate sponsorship, distinguished events and planned gifts. Read More >

Max Mulcahy, Director of Clinical and Scientific Research

Max Mulcahy

Max Mulcahy is as the Sr. Director of Patient and Professional Programs. He joined the organization in 2010. In this role, Mr. Mulcahy oversees the execution and development of the Lymphoma Research Foundation's (LRF) patient programs, Scientific Advisory Board and scientific consortia meetings, which drive the Foundation's research agenda and disease-specific priorities. Read More >

Taylor Zitay Kahn, Director of Distinguished Events

Taylor Zitay Kahn

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 the country. Read More >


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