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Made possible through the generosity of our Donors, The CLRA Patient Aid Program has provided $1.4 million in co-pay reimbursements assistance, consisting of medical bills for treatments and medications including chemotherapy, IVIG, antibiotics, vitamins, and more.
How the Program Works
For over 55 years, the Children’s Leukemia Research Association has remained at the forefront of blood cancer research. To this day, we’ve provided over $5,000,000 in grant funding to support over 550 researchers in groundbreaking blood cancer studies that are not replicated elsewhere.
Our Stories Illustrate the Impact
Research grant recipient, Dr. Zakrzewski an Associate Member of the Center for Discovery and Innovation and a Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Attending Physician at Hackensack University Medical Center was interviewed recently. Dr. Zakrzewski said, “CLRA has really helped us to speed things up in 2022.” Watch the complete interview.
-Dr. Zakrzewski, Research Grant Recipient
“Last year, at 80 years of age, I was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma. The news was devastating to myself and my family.
The medical bills were overwhelming me. The stress of the cancer fight is enough and having to deal with financial worries on top of it all was a lot to deal with.
My daughter found CLRA. I was so happy when she informed me that I had help with my bills. I can’t thank you enough for your help in my fight against MCL. I just received news this week that I am in remission!”
-Andy C., MCL patient
“Children’s Leukemia Research Association has been very helpful with the financial burden of MDS. They have provided financial help for co-pays related to my MDS. They have also promptly responded to messages I have left. I’m thankful for the support.”
Fran, MDS Patient
“My CML diagnosis was stunning to me and my family. I had to stop working permanently. The financial strain was overwhelming. I had exhausted my savings on co-payments for treatment.
My oncology team worked with Ms. Tara and I was successfully enrolled in the program. It means the world to me that Children’s Leukemia Research Association was able to assist me and my family in a critical time of need. I can’t thank you enough for your support.”
Carlton, CML Patient
“My child Mason was diagnosed with leukemia. A lot of times people don’t realize the cost of childhood cancer. My wife had to stop working so we are on one income. Some of the treatments are not covered by insurance. We weren’t ready emotionally or financially. It’s good to have the support of the Children’s Leukemia Research Association. They are a much-needed resource. We are grateful for what they have done for our family.”
Arthur, father of a child diagnosed with Leukemia
There are many options available but when a patient with leukemia relapses, as 20-30% do, there aren’t a lot of therapies available. We need to do better. With the grant from the Children’s Leukemia Research Association, our lab was able to research and identify a novel targeted therapy for leukemia. Our lab is able to model the human anatomy so that we can study leukemia-related tumors.”
Daniel Herranz, Assistant Professor at Rutgers Cancer Institute
is focused on finding novel therapies for blood cancers.
“The Children’s Leukemia Research Association is always there for the patients. They help us get past their bills. I never thought I would be in this situation and I am grateful every day. I am not a number. The team at CLRA is supportive and kind. They always answer the phone and email to check on me. They are appreciated more than they know.”
Angie is a mother, a Multiple Myeloma patient, and a recipient of CLRA funds to help cover medical expenses.
“In 2022, CLRA received a generous donation from G.P. a Palisades, NY school teacher in honor of her 12-year-old student, R.I., who lost his battle against Leukemia. There are no words to express our deepest sympathy and compassion to R.I.’s family, friends, fellow students, and Ms. G.P. who referred to him as a shining star in all their lives. These are stories we do not want to hear, but still, happen. We cannot thank R’s teacher and all constituents of Children’s Leukemia Research in helping us fight this insidious disease through funding scientific research grants and patient financial assistance.”
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