Southeast Region

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Community Volunteers

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Thank you for your interest in helping the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) achieve our goal of finding a cure for lymphoma.

LRF's Community Engagement volunteers work together to positively impact those affected by lymphoma. There are many different ways to get involved with LRF. We hope that you will join our mission of eradicating lymphoma and serving all those touched by this disease.

Community Engagement volunteers serve their respective communities by:

  • Promoting awareness of lymphoma and LRF through local outreach and advocacy
  • Promoting LRF programs and services
  • Raising funds for LRF
  • Assisting lymphoma patients, survivors, caregivers to access services
  • Serving on Event, Program and Volunteer Leadership Committees

If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of those touched by lymphoma, or simply looking for more information, please contact the Southeast Region today.

Jen Torres
Community Engagement Manager, Southeast Region
(713) 724-7202

The Southeast region serves the following states: NC, SC, LA, TX, GA, FL, OK, AL, KY, TN, AR, MS.

#Lymphoma Ten for Ten Campaign

Houston Texans Support LRF and Take a Stand Against Lymphoma with #DQStrong

The DQ Strong campaign has expanded and now supporters of Houston Texans NFL player David Quessenberry are being challenged to support him by participating in #Lymphoma10. This is a campaign to raise awareness of the disease, give voice to all the young people battling lymphoma and raise funds for critical research programs.

Earlier this year, the Houston Texans rallied around David when he was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma at age 23. David's teammates created #DQStrong t-shirts in which proceeds benefited LRF. The Texans organization presented LRF with a check for $100,000 during an October Thursday night home game.

Now is your chance to join the team to rally around David and all the other young lymphoma survivors out there! Drop down, give ten strong push-ups and donate $10 to the Lymphoma Research Foundation. To donate $10 from your mobile device, text lymphoma10 to 41444.

Do you have what it takes to give 10?

Elizabeth Thompson with Patrick and Judy Riordan

The Ellen Glesby Award
Longtime Supporters Honored with Prestigious Volunteer Award

The Foundation annually recognizes one or more volunteers that have made a significant contribution through the donation of their time and resources. The Ellen Glesby Award is LRF's most prestigious volunteer award. Ellen Glesby Cohen was the President and founder of the Lymphoma Research Foundation of America (LRFA), which later merged with Cure for Lymphoma Foundation (CFL) to form the Lymphoma Research Foundation in 1992. Ellen battled lymphoma for nearly twelve years and was a leader in the patient advocacy community.

We are pleased to announce that longtime supporters Patrick and Judy Riordan were selected as this year's Ellen Glesby Cohen Award recipient. The Riordans accepted the award at LRF's 19th Annual North American Educational Forum on Lymphoma in Manhattan Beach, California.

Pat and Judy were part of the inaugural group that launched the volunteer effort and presence in the Dallas/Fort Worth markets and have served the organization in many capacities for over twelve years. Their level of commitment is unwavering and it is obvious in everything they do, whether it is check people in at an education program or bring a huge group of walkers to the annual 5k Lymphoma Walk. LRF is truly grateful for this dynamic duo that has transformed the Dallas/Ft. Worth lymphoma community.

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.

LRF Advocacy Chairs and Advocacy Committees will plan and lead a letter to the editor writing campaign for their chapter. This campaign can revolve either around coordinating a series of letters to a single publication or working collaboratively to get similar letters published in a number of local media outlets. The campaign strategy should be informed by the number of advocates who will be targeted for participation. LRF will provide template letters on three policy topics for chapters to choose from: federal investment in lymphoma and cancer research; federal funding for the CDC Hematological Cancer Education Program; and U.S. drug shortages. Each Advocacy Chair will select one topic for their chapter to concentrate on for the fall campaign. In addition to template letters, LRF will provide a list of local media outlets.

To become involved with these advocacy efforts, contact your local Advocacy Chair today at To learn more, click here.

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Signature Events

Kaitlyn and Miss Texas

Annual Texas Wine Tasting Events Raise Nearly $55,000
Houston's Racing & Tasting
Don a Mask, Uncover a Cure

The Houston and Dallas markets recently hosted their annual wine tasting events which provide supporters a fun and social way to raise funds for LRF's mission. Houston's Racing & Tasting wine event was hosted at Porsche of West Houston and featured a wine ring toss, interactive live auction and a chef preparing seafood jambalaya on-site. Don a Mask, Uncover a Cure in Dallas was attended by masked guests competing for prizes in the best mask contest.

Collectively the events raised nearly $55,000 through the support of dedicated LRF volunteers and donors. To view pictures of each event, please visit LRF's National Facebook page.

Ninth Annual Florida Luncheon
Monday, February 2, 2015 – Save The Date
St. Andrews Country Club
Boca Raton, FL

Save the date for LRF's Annual South Florida Luncheon. Over 300 guests attend each year for a ladies luncheon featuring a welcome reception, auction and raffle prizes, three-course gourmet lunch, and a Fashion Presentation by Neiman Marcus, Boca Raton. For more information, please visit, or contact Taylor Zitay Kahn at or (646) 465-9103.

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Active Lifestyle Events

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Mission Programs

Houston City Hall, Light It Red

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Thank you to our Blood Cancer Awareness partners that helped to raise awareness during the month of September by lighting red. Wells Fargo Duke Energy Center in Charlotte, NC chose to "Light It Red" on World Lymphoma Awareness Day, September 15, 2014. Houston City Hall was lit red September 12 -15 and Houston Mayor Annise Parker proclaimed September 15th at "Lymphoma Research Foundation Day" in Houston, TX.

Since 2011, the Lymphoma Research Foundation has been lighting the country red to raise awareness of the blood cancers, especially lymphoma.

Every seven minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with a form of lymphoma. You can raise awareness by donating $7, or a multiple of $7, in honor of a newly-diagnosed patient and the more than 700,000 Americans currently living with, or in remission from, lymphoma. Visit to donate today.

Upcoming Educational Program on Lymphoma: