About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®


Organizational Overview:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world’s largest and fastest-growing voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education, patient services and advocacy for life-saving treatments. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Operating as a 501(c)3 non-profit, with 61 chapters in the U.S. and Canada, LLS relies heavily on the generosity of contributions and sponsorships from corporations, community partners, privately-owned businesses, foundations, donors, as well as individuals and families.

With the funds raised, the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of LLS can continue to support local groundbreaking research, clinical trials and provide cancer patients and their families with critical services in 18 counties across the Greater Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley, and Northeastern Pennsylvania regions.

When The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® was founded in 1949, leukemia patients were given a relative five-year survival rate. Since the1960s blood cancer survival rates have doubled, tripled, even quadrupled. In 1964, the chance of surviving the most common childhood leukemia was 3 percent, today the survival rate is 90 percent. Nearly half of all cancer drugs newly approved by the FDA since 2000 were first developed for blood cancer patients.

LLS is changing the landscape of blood cancer. Not someday. Today.

Thanks to the generous support of corporations and community partners that support LLS’s mission of living in a world free of blood cancer, we have been able to invest more than $1 billion in research and in developing better cancer treatments.

Together, we will cure cancer. Not someday. Today.

How Your Dollars Are Used:


Currently, LLS is investing $11.65 million in cancer research in the Philadelphia region. Research initiatives are at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and The Research Institute of Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Patient Services:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® also provides a range of services, such as family support groups, an extensive educational website, free seminars and conferences, and direct patient financial aid. In FY’13, the Eastern PA Chapter provided $996,046.25 to 440 local patients to help cover the costs of pharmaceutical products, infusion treatments, and co-insurance reimbursements.


Through its Information Resource Center, LLS serves as the leading source of information on blood cancers — with an extensive collection of free educational materials, professional educational programs, and an award-winning web site.


Critical challenges remain in the development of new treatments and cures. LLS’s Office of Public Policy (OPP) advocates for accelerated development and approval of better therapies and quality care through local and national legislation.

Financial information, including Form 990s on the organization, can be found on Guidestar.The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® is accredited with The Better Business Bureau, meeting all 20 standards for charitable accountability and is certified by HonCode, Health on the Net Foundation.

For more information about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, please contact
the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter at (800) 482-2873 or visit their website at www.lls.org/epa.