Lymphoma Research Foundation Blazes a Trail Toward a Cure at Annual Gala

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Former Chairman of the Board of Directors Errol M. Cook, Members of the Sarnoff Family and Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Honored for their Contributions in Advancing the Foundation’s Mission

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Errol M. Cook

I am proud of the impact the Foundation has had on improving outcomes for lymphoma patients and look forward to the day that this disease no longer exists."

The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services – will host its annual gala on October 3, 2012 at New York City’s Chelsea Piers. Hundreds of LRF supporters will celebrate the contributions the evening’s honorees have made in advancing the Foundation’s mission of eradicating lymphoma and serving those touched by the disease.

Errol M. Cook, former Chairman of the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Board of Directors, will be honored at this year’s gala with the Distinguished Leadership Award for his many years of service. The Award acknowledges the impact of Cook’s commitment to lymphoma research and education. The 2012 Freundlich Leadership Award, named for Barbara and Jerry Freundlich who founded the Cure for Lymphoma Foundation (one of LRF’s predecessors), will be presented to the Sarnoff family in recognition for their outstanding support of the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s mission. The Corporate Leadership Award will be given to Spectrum Pharmaceuticals for its generous support of the Foundation's education programs.

“The contributions of the Foundation’s supporters, especially of those whom we are honoring at this year’s gala, are instrumental in advancing LRF’s mission and enabling us to get that much closer to ultimately finding a cure,” said Diane Blum, LRF’s Chief Executive Officer. “In the past decade great progress has been made in lymphoma research, and as we continue to invest in our future, I am hopeful of what lies ahead.”

Sotheby’s C. Hugh Hildesley will serve as the gala’s auctioneer for both the live auction, as well as for the Foundation’s Raise it for Research. During this unique and exciting auction last year, attendees pledged funds for lymphoma research ranging from $100,000 to $500 and raised nearly $350,000 in minutes. The Lymphoma Research Foundation hopes for another successful Raise it for Research at this year’s gala. Funds raised at the gala support LRF’s mission.

“As a lymphoma survivor, the work LRF does on behalf of the lymphoma community is especially important to me; for the past 18 years, I have had the distinct privilege of not only supporting the Lymphoma Research Foundation, but playing an integral role in advancing its mission to cure lymphoma,” Cook said. “I am proud of the impact the Foundation has had on improving outcomes for lymphoma patients and look forward to the day that this disease no longer exists.”

The 2012 gala is co-chaired by Laura & Michael Werner and Florence & Robert I. Werner, recipients of last year’s Freundlich Leadership Award. For more information about the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s annual gala or to purchase tickets to the event, please contact Taylor Zitay at (646) 465-9103. For more information about lymphoma, visit lymphoma.org.

About the Lymphoma Research Foundation
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to funding innovative research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services. To date, LRF has awarded more than $50 million in lymphoma-specific research.

For additional information on LRF’s research, education and services, visit lymphoma.org.

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