The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada



Our story began in Toronto in 1955 when five women concerned with the lack of focus on leukemia research decided to raise money for research. At the time, the prognosis of a leukemia diagnosis was very poor. To start, they raised funds for the City of Hope Hospital in California. Then their focus changed to Canadian research and funds raised were directed to Canadian hospitals shortly after the first provincial charter for the City of Hope Leukemia Fighters was issued in 1957.

In 1965, the official name was changed to Toronto Leukemia Fighters. This was also the first year all monies raised were donated to Mount Sinai Hospital, which invested heavily in leukemia and related blood disorders. For the next 10 years, over $400,000 was raised and invested in research taking place Mount Sinai Hospital.

In 1972, the organization’s name changed again to the Leukemia Research Fund and in 1983, we merged with the Crusade Against Leukemia. We expanded outside Toronto over the next few years and developed into what is now known as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada

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