Lymphoma Research Foundation Elects New Leadership

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Miami Beach resident Leigh G. Olson joins foundation board of directors.

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The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is pleased to announce the election of Leigh G. Olson of Miami Beach, FL to its board of directors.

LRF is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and to serving those touched by the disease. Foundation board members are responsible for supporting the mission, policies and activities of the Lymphoma Research Foundation; establishing policies and programmatic goals; and monitoring the organization’s finances.

“Members of the LRF Board of Directors are critical to our success,” said Diane Blum, LRF Chief Executive Officer. “We are fortunate to have Leigh join this dedicated group of individuals, and look forward to the contributions she will make to further the Foundation’s mission and programs.”

Until recently, Olson had been a resident of Dallas, Texas where she worked with the Foundation to establish the LRF Dallas Chapter in 2002. She served as chapter president for three years and as the Lymphomathon co-chair for a decade. The Dallas Chapter raised over $850,000 for cancer research and sponsored numerous patient education programs during her tenure. Olson said she became interested in working with LRF when her father was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2000.

“I was first drawn to the Lymphoma Research Foundation because of the quality of the educational materials they provide for patients and their loved ones,” shared Olson. “This allowed me to better understand my father's illness. Through the years, I have seen how research has provided for improved treatments. Patients are living longer, with an enhanced quality of life.”

Olson is a graduate of Purdue University and previously worked in the commercial banking sector. Now living in Miami Beach, she is active in community affairs and volunteerism within the South Florida lymphoma community. Olson resides in Florida with her husband and three daughters.

Lymphoma is the most common form of blood cancer. There are currently more than 660,000 Americans living with, or in remission from the disease.

About the Lymphoma Research Foundation
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation's largest non-profit lymphoma organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative research and providing people with lymphoma and healthcare professionals with critical information on the disease. To date, LRF has awarded more than $51 million in lymphoma-specific research. For additional information on LRF’s programs and services, visit

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