The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s main objective is obvious, to save lives. Anyone fighting cancer will tell you the same thing. Since its inception in 1949, the non-profit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has been tirelessly working to find a cure for these blood cancers, using donations to fund research, expanding treatment options and unveiling innovative medications and treatment methods. Additionally, the LLS funds educational programs and provides support services to patients and their families. Their focus is on Hodgkin’s disease, leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.
In order to succeed, organizations like LLS rely on a number of funding sources, including contributions from generous donors. The Rangos family contributes generously to the LLS through the John G. Rangos Sr. Charitable Foundation. The Rangos family has been contributing to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for many years, having had personal experience with the blood cancer. Family member Costas Svokos, Rangos’ maternal grandfather, lost his life to leukemia, inspiring the Rangos family to help find a cure through the efforts of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
One fine example of the LLS is saving lives measures the percentage of children with blood cancer who reach the five-year survival mark. In 1964, only three percent made it. Today, that number is 90%. The dramatic rise in the five-year survival rate among children shows steady progress, but it didn’t happen overnight. LLS understands that each and every new case of blood born cancer is unique and hopes to capitalize on this by creating tailored treatments for individuals
There are several fundraising events Rangos was instrumental in creating. Here is a partial list and description of them:
- Cruise for Kids – During the 1990s this event raised over $200,000 each year and attracted 400-500 participants per dinner river cruise, a fundraising event benefiting LLS and Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital.
- Art of Giving – Running a decade, this fundraising event featured art from Rangos’ personal art collection. Also an event to benefit Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- Vegas on the Mon – The current fundraising event is a black tie event with a gourmet buffet served at LaMont, a diamond award winner five-star restaurant that offers stunning views of the Monongahela River. During this evening attendees enjoy a casino night and entertainment. The event is largely sponsored by the Rangos Family Foundation. Hugely successful, this event brings in $350,000 for both the Society and the Children’s Hospital.
It is because of the generosity of donors like the Rangos family that the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has been able to fund so many research projects and to help so many living with blood cancer. Life-saving breakthroughs such as finding the genes involved in blood cancer and medications and treatments that target them are being discovered. Programs like Therapy Acceleration, a program that supports new and innovative research for therapies, diagnostics and support. Making bold steps helps us to save lives. Each day, because of donors like Rangos, we get closer to a cure.