The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary (nonprofit) health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.
LLS was born out of a family's grief following the death of their teenage son.
Robert Roesler de Villiers, son of a well-to-do New York family, was only 16 when he quickly succumbed to leukemia in 1944. Five years later, frustrated by the lack of effective treatments for what was then considered a hopeless disease, parents Rudolph and Antoinette de Villiers started a fundraising and education organization in their son's name.
Driven by the de Villiers' nearly boundless belief that leukemia and other blood cancers were indeed curable, the Foundation grew steadily, opening its first chapters in the New York City area. The organization, after changing its name to The Leukemia Society, was renamed The Leukemia Society of America in the 1960s to communicate a broad, national reach.
Today, LLS supports the following major programs: research, patient services, public and professional education, advocacy and community services. With headquarters in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapter offices across the United States and is a single corporation doing business under New York State not-for-profit corporate laws.
Note: For online fundraising benefitting LLS major campaigns (Team In Training, Light The Night Walk, The Leukemia Cup Regatta, Man & Woman of the Year, School & Youth Programs), please contact your local Chapter so that your fundraising is properly credited and recognized, as funds raised through this site will not be directly allocated towards your efforts. If you have any questions, please complete our Contact us form.