2017 ANNUAL REPORT

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President & Chairmans Message

Thanks to your support, 2017 was a tremendous year for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s lifesaving mission and the patients and families we serve. You help fund research to find the next breakthrough therapy, you provide information and support to patients, and you make sure patients have access to lifesaving treatments.

Extraordinary progress is bringing us closer to cures. You make that possible.

Gratefully,

Peter Brock
Chairman of the Board
Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D.
President and
Chief Executive Officer
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OUR MISSION

At LLS, our mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Compared to any other blood cancer nonprofit, LLS is the largest funder of cutting-edge research to advance cures.

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Volunteers

Our Partners in the Crusade to End Cancer

This year, LLS volunteers made a significant impact while selflessly dedicating their time and talent to achieve our mission. With countless ways to engage, from fundraising to providing patient support, our volunteers are changing the landscape of cancer.

Campaign Volunteers

With five signature fundraising campaigns, our volunteers can run, hike, walk, sail, build teams and gain lifelong learning skills while raising funds to drive forward our mission to end blood cancers.

Mission Volunteers

In communities across the country, volunteers provide support directly to blood cancer patients and caregivers,
and advocate for legislation to improve access to care.

Leadership Volunteers

We have the unwavering support of hundreds of top leaders across the country, helping us fulfill our mission to find cancer cures.

Community Volunteers

With 56 chapters across the country, there are many opportunities for volunteers to lend their time and talent in their own community, as well as in our national office.
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Research

As there are no means of preventing blood cancers, the LLS research agenda is focused on finding treatments and cures. In fact, we have invested more than $1.2 billion in research since our inception 68 years ago. For every victory in blood cancer, challenges remain. That is why LLS remains steadfast in our commitment to advance the most promising research around the world and drive forward innovative therapies that improve and save the lives of patients.

Advancing the Most Promising Science
By supporting the work of remarkable scientists, LLS has funded nearly all of today’s most promising treatments in blood cancer, bringing us closer to cures.
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New Lifesaving Therapies
Our long-term research investment is helping save and improve the lives of patients. This year, a significant number of new blood cancer therapies were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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Beat AML®
In October 2016, LLS launched the Beat AML Master Clinical Trial, a groundbreaking collaborative clinical trial to find new treatments for acute myeloid leukemia, one of the deadliest blood cancers.
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Patient Education & Support

As the leading source of free blood cancer information, education and support for patients, survivors, families and healthcare professionals, LLS helps patients navigate their cancer treatments and ensures they have access to quality, affordable and coordinated care. Research will help us achieve an end to blood cancers. In the meantime, patients need help before, during and after their diagnosis and treatment. LLS is the leading nonprofit that does just that.

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Policy & Advocacy

Through our nationwide grassroots network of more than 100,000 volunteers, we advocate for policies at the state and federal level in a commitment to remove barriers to care for blood cancer patients. This year our efforts have helped increase federal research funds, speed the review and approval process of new therapies, and ensure patients are able to access lifesaving treatments.

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Fundraising Campaigns

Thousands of volunteers provided their time and talent in 2017 to make our signature fundraising campaigns a success. Through our campaigns, participants help us support lifesaving research, patient support and education, and advocacy efforts that benefit blood cancer patients.

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Partnerships

We are grateful to our partners and sponsors, who harness the power of their consumers, communities and employees to help fight blood cancers.

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Financials

We’ve always believed the most efficient way to finding cures for blood cancer is by directing as much funding as possible to the best and most innovative research, while providing patient support and education, and tirelessly advocating on behalf of patients. Your support is invested wisely.

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