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KIDS WITHOUT CANCER (formerly Leukemia, Research, Life, Inc.)
June 8, 2010

Leukemia, Research, Life, Inc. (LRL) is an all volunteer group of parents,relatives and friends, who choose to make a difference. LRL was formed by a group of parents with one thing in common - their children had cancer. As a founding memeber I believe by supporting cancer research at a local level we help our children, our families and our community in the fight against the #1 killer disease of children in our country. We recognized the need for pediatric cancer research into the treatment, diagnosis, prevention and ultimate cure of cancer. We organized our efforts and LRL was incorporated as a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1981. LRL remains the largest non-profit contributor solely dedicated to supporting pediatric cancer research at Children's Hospital of Michigan. For over 28 years, LRL has remained a volunteer-based organization committed to the belief that a few can make a huge difference. LRL has raised in excess of $3.5 million dollars and is proud of the fact that over 94% of every dollar raised is spent soley on pediatric cancer research. In 1983 when my best friends son succumbed to cancer one week after his 8th birthday I vowed to him that I would NEVER, EVER, give up his fight to find a cure. 30 years later I continue to carry his torch and will do so till I take my last breath. I firmly believe a cure can be found with enough research

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

For the past 30 years I have watched it grow through good times and in bad. Yet it continues to strive even when the world is in economic strife. No matter what you hear about the people in the Detroit area you will never find a more giving population.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more volunteers who can continue to carry the torch and bring new ideas and concepts to fundraising. Today's youth must be able to continue to fight the #1 killer disease of our children - CANCER.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The friends I have made along the way. Watching hard working grass roots people work together toward finding a cure for pediatric cancer.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Concerned about mission focus. Raise funds to support pediatric cancer research at Children's Hospital of Michigan. They always put the organization above self.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Certainly improve the cure rate of children with cancer. $10 million dollars would allow LRL to bring the best minds in the world to one place to work together to find cure to save our kids with cancer.

Ways to make it better...

If we just had more volunteers. Peoples lives are much busier than they were 10 or 20 years ago. They find it difficult to take the time to get involved.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Volunteer recruitment

One thing I'd also say is that...

Leukemia, Research, Life, Inc. will continue to raise the funds nescessary to continue the extremely important research that will be the key to unlocking the cure!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Helped to breath life into a start up organization some 30 years ago.

KIDS WITHOUT CANCER (formerly Leukemia, Research, Life, Inc.)
October 7, 2009

Leukemia, Research, Life, Inc. (LRL) is an all volunteer group of parents,relatives and friends, who choose to make a difference. LRL was formed by a group of parents with one thing in common - their children had cancer. As a founding memeber I believe by supporting cancer research at a local level we help our children, our families and our community in the fight against the #1 killer disease of children in our country. We recognized the need for pediatric cancer research into the treatment, diagnosis, prevention and ultimate cure of cancer. We organized our efforts and LRL was incorporated as a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1981. LRL remains the largest non-profit contributor solely dedicated to supporting pediatric cancer research at Children's Hospital of Michigan. For over 28 years, LRL has remained a volunteer-based organization committed to the belief that a few can make a huge difference. LRL has raised in excess of $3.5 million dollars and is proud of the fact that over 94% of every dollar raised is spent soley on pediatric cancer research. In 1983 when my best friends son succumbed to cancer one week after his 8th birthday I vowed to him that I would NEVER, EVER, give up his fight to find a cure. 28 years later I continue to carry his torch and will do so till I take my last breath. I firmly believe a cure can be found with enough research.

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The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the organization fund research projects that produced results. This led to further funding from national organizations like NCI. The cure rate from 1981 when LRL was born has increased from 25 to 70% of children diagnosed.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

recruit more members to carry on the fight well after I am gone.

More feedback

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fact that none of the money raised is wasted. Over 94% of the funds raised are spent on pediatric research projects.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the most generous, giving people that have the same goals as I. They too want to see a day when a child does not have to suffer from cancer and it's treatments.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

insure that the entire $10 million bucks was spent on pediatric cancer research and nothing else. We would not allow one cent to be wasted.

Ways to make it better...

We just could find more volunteers. It is amazing what a few people have accomplished. I can only imagine where we would be today if we had more volunteers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

recruiting enough members to continue the fund raising efforts in such a poor economical era. Most people lead busy lives and finding time to volunteer is the biggest challenge of all.

One thing I'd also say is that...

If you are reading this and want to truly save the life of a child you will join our fight and become involved today. If you are inclined to do so please call me on my cell at 313-779-1464 and I will tell you how.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I have been raising funds for over 28 years to fund pediatric cancer research at Children's Hospital of Michigan. I will never stop working toward the cure until I take my last breath.