The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
December 24, 2012
In reading the posts on LLS, it does not surprise me a bit. I am a former employee of LLS. Just over three years ago, shortly after the current CEO was put in office, the company made an about face and overhauled the company nation wide. The corporate office let many of the staff go and re-hired new staff at many of the offices throughout the country. In many offices, entire staff were treated terribly and all were let go. New employees pushed hard to get money out of patients families and local businesses. Empathy appeared to go out the window with the management change. In my office, I personally witnessed Godly people who truly cared about suffering patients and their families get replaced by cold money grubbing staff who followed the new direction of demands sent down by corporate office; to fundraise fundraise fundraise. The push to raise money was suddenly NOT balanced with putting the money raised back into the community to meet the patients needs. I personally witnessed the financial aid program and other programs get slashed to the bone while the new staff pushed and pushed families, donors and businesses to donate large sums of money. The new focus was not on the patients but on fundraising. Watching programs get demolished before my eyes and patients being deceived was unbearable. . I have worked for non-profits most of my professional career. I was very proud of LLS and their professionalism when I first began to work for them. However, it was extremely painful to watch a good agency fall apart in such a short period of time after the new CEO took office. I cried....not because I lost my job, but for the patients I was helping that I knew were being cut off from deserved services.
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