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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Overview

Rye Brook, NY
501 to 1000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Health Fundraising Organizations
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

Since 1949 LLS has invested more than $1 Billion ... Read more

Mission: The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

LLS exists to find cures and ensure access ... Read more

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Why Work For Us?

The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. We are the voice for all blood cancer patients and we work to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has plenty of fun and creative ways for you to get involved in a charitable fundraising event. Whether you're looking for a physical challenge or an evening out with friends, we offer something for everyone. Whatever your interest, there's a way to get involved, have fun and accelerate cures.

  • Would you like to volunteer at any of our events? Apply online.
  • Can't make it to an event but still want to help? No problem. Make an individual donation to LLS.
  • Want to see a list of events in your community? Find your local chapter.

"LLS is doing more than any cancer nonprofit to advance cutting-edge research and cures."
Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D., LLS President and CEO

LLS research investment has played a critical role in advancing therapies for blood cancer patients, including targeted and immunotherapies.

As there are no means of preventing or early screening for most blood cancers, the LLS research agenda is focused on finding cures. LLS drives research in areas of unmet medical need and helps to bridge the gap between academic discovery and drug development.

We fund research grants to support every discipline in the blood cancers, and we partner directly with biotechnology companies to accelerate therapies.


At The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), we're passionate about what we do. We believe that the work of our employees directly influences our success and reputation and, more importantly, our future prosperity.

As a member of the LLS team, you'll work in an environment that values communication, critical thinking, collaboration, the ability to problem solve and most of all a passion to help others.

At LLS what you do matters to our patients and their families. In chapters throughout the United States and Canada, our employees are raising money for research and providing programs and services to patients and their families.

Join us, and bring more meaning to the word 'job'.

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Rye Brook, NY (May 22, 2019) – As an organization founded by a family for families, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is celebrating 70 years of impact on generations of families, researchers and volunteers while looking to the future by redoubling its commitment to improve treatments and care for children with cancer.

To accomplish its bold vision for children, LLS is launching The LLS Children’s Initiative to deliver cures and care for children by disrupting drug development for pediatric cancers and expanding the education and support the organization provides to children and their families.

Founded in 1949 by grieving parents after losing their 16-year-old son Robbie to leukemia, LLS is harnessing inspiration of the past to propel the organization forward in its quest to cure cancer. The LLS Children’s Initiative seeks to accelerate treatments with fewer harmful side effects, so young patients with cancer not only survive, but thrive, for generations to come.

“We are determined to change fundamentally  how children with leukemias are treated,” said Gwen Nichols, M.D., LLS chief medical officer. “Children are not little adults and the ways that cancers behave in children, and how children respond to therapy are profoundly different. Further, development of new treatments for children with cancer has not kept pace with progress for adults. In fact, only four cancer therapies have been approved for first use in children over the past three decades. We must do better for children now.”

As a leading convener in the cancer arena, LLS is teaming up with industry, regulators, other advocacy organizations and major, renowned medical centers and researchers, to bring this effort to life. A vital voice the organization is bringing to the table is that of parents who have lost children to pediatric cancer. LLS has enlisted one of the most influential parent advocates in the pediatric cancer community, Julie Guillot, who lost her son Zach to one of the deadliest forms of blood cancer, acute myeloid leukemia (AML), when he was just nine years old. Guillot is working with LLS to generate alliances and support for a new master clinical trial using precision medicine for pediatric cancers, a key component of The LLS Children’s Initiative. 

“It’s too late for my son Zach, who endured round after round of brutal chemotherapy treatments, radiation and bone marrow transplants over the four years he fought his AML,” said Guillot. “Ultimately the toxicity of the treatments was too much and he died at age nine. Losing Zach was unimaginably devastating to my family and me, but his struggle makes me all the more relentless about the urgency of speeding the development of better treatments. Working together we can save the lives of thousands of kids just like Zach.”

LLS is taking on children’s cancer from every direction, more than doubling its investment in pediatric cancer research, while expanding services to help children and families cope with the financial, emotional and psychological impacts of a cancer diagnosis. The organization continues to lead with innovative new clinical trial models that use next-generation genomic technologies, and plans to launch its global precision medicine master clinical trial in pediatric acute leukemia early next year.

“It will take an unprecedented collaboration to bring this global clinical trial to fruition and LLS has the track record and is the right organization to bring all the stakeholders together,” said Nichols. “Our successful Beat AML Master Clinical Trial for adults with AML, launched in 2016, shows we can get this done, and is a model we aim to replicate for children.  Just like with Beat AML, LLS will be the sponsor of this trial, leveraging our unique position as a nonprofit organization who puts patients first to bring new and better therapies to patients, faster.”

Nichols added that LLS is currently setting the groundwork and convening industry leaders for this collaboration, including pediatric oncologists, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, pharmaceutical companies, parent groups and other nonprofits to identify the underlying causes of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in these children and find or develop the right therapies to treat their disease.

Beyond the Children’s Initiative, LLS is driving forward a strategic agenda focused on the most pressing priorities in the blood cancers:

  • Prevention and Survivorship – Advances in next-generation genomic sequencing are leading to the first-ever discussions about halting blood cancers earlier and initiating the first-ever discussions about blood cancer prevention.
  • Precision Medicine and Immunotherapy – LLS pioneered the precision medicine and immunotherapy revolution, and continues to lead with innovative new clinical trial models, bringing the promise of cancer cures to more patients and their families.
  • Myeloma – LLS is propelling meaningful treatment advancements while raising awareness of this disease, particularly in underserved populations, including African American communities, where prevalence is twice as high as among white Americans.
  • Beyond Blood Cancer – LLS-funded blood cancer research has led to game changing discoveries that are now benefiting patients with other cancers and diseases.
  • Financial Support and Cost of Care – More than 100,000 volunteer advocates join LLS’s Office of Public Policy in working to minimize the financial toxicity of cancer.

“We have remained true to our founders’ vision and their belief that leukemia and other blood cancers were indeed curable,” said Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D., LLS’s president and CEO.  “Our 70th anniversary is an opportunity to not only reflect on the tremendous progress we have made in helping families fighting blood cancers, but to leverage our impact on generations of families, researchers and volunteers as we look to the future and work toward a world without these diseases.”

To recognize this milestone, LLS is inviting patients, caregivers, survivors, volunteers, healthcare professionals, researchers and others to join the Generation LLS storytelling initiative and inspire even more families.

Help grow the Generation LLS family tree to uplift all those touched and affected by blood cancer: Upload a photo and share how you have been impacted by blood cancer or LLS's work, or what it means to be part of the generations fighting for cures. Share on your social channels using #GenerationLLS to encourage others to join you.

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    The best part about LLS is that the work is totally mission driven. You feel good about the work that you do every day and you are inspired by all of the advances in treatments that are resulting directly from the research being completed by LLS.


    There are a few evening and weekend events. All of them are mission driven and volunteer focused, so this isn't really a negative If you are looking for a straight 9-5 job this might be troublesome for you.

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    Continue to inspire employees by always sharing the advances and progress of the mission.

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Pittsburgh, PA) in November 2016.


    First was a short phone interview, which I'm guessing was to gauge personality and ease of communication, considering that's primarily what the job entails. In person is super relaxed as well. The people are incredibly easy to talk to and get excited about what they're doing, even if they're just pretending to be excited

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