Wednesday, July 19, 2017

North Texas Cancer Expo: Full Schedule Released

After much anticipation, the full schedule for the 2017 LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE North Texas Cancer Expo presented by Briggs Equipment is now available!  Review the sessions available at this FREE event on Saturday, September 16th and reserve your seats by registering today!

8:00 AM - Expo & Registration Opens
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Opening Session
Patricia Thomson, Ph.D., Executive Director North Texas Chapter
Don Armstrong, Expo Chair & Survivor
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM - Concurrent Morning Breakout Sessions
Movement and Yoga
Start your day with an energizing easy yoga session with tips on how to stay fit.
The New Normal
Join keynote speaker Lila Javan as she discusses life after cancer and finding balance in survivorship.
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM - Concurrent Morning Breakout Sessions
Disease Updates
Hear the latest in groundbreaking research updates from a panel of top oncologists in North Texas.
Finish Your Race
Author and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) survivor Don Armstrong empowers you to find your true purpose and live with an unstoppable passion.
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM - Concurrent Morning Breakout Sessions
Cancer Prevention Through Nutrition
Enjoy an educational cooking demonstration and tasting with certified nutritional coach and culinary instructor, Patricia R. Thomson, Ph.D.
Let's Talk About Cancer
A diverse panel of caregivers and survivors discuss the lines of communication patients face during cancer diagnosis and treatment. 
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Lunch & Keynote Speaker
Lunch Welcome
Patricia R. Thomson, Ph.D., Executive Director, North Texas Chapter
Dr. Brian Berryman, Texas Oncology
Keynote Speaker
Lila Javan, Survivor
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM – Concurrent Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Food Saved Me
Let Katherine Lawrence show you how you can cook faster, retain more nutrients, remove toxins and reduce food costs.
Side Effect Management
Join Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy, and LLS partner, as experts share the best ways to manage the effects of cancer treatment.
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Concurrent Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Mindfulness and Meditation
Research shows that meditation can improve everything from memory to mental acuity to anxiety.  Join our meditation coach for tips to use every day.
Survivorship Panel
Survivors and parents of survivors share their experiences and answer questions about survivorship at all stages post-treatment.
3:00 PM – Expo Closes

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New Volunteer Coordinator Alexis Meyer

The North Texas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is pleased to introduce you to Alexis Meyer. She recently joined the North Texas LLS family and is the new Volunteer Coordinator.  Alexis is a recent graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos.  She is already hard at work lining up volunteers for the upcoming 2017 chapter events. Reach out and say hi when you see her at an upcoming event.  In the meantime, she answered a couple questions so you can get to know her better.

1. Tell us about your nonprofit background.
In college, I helped host events benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities, which developed my passion for service and eventually paved my path to my current position at The Leukemia and Lymphoma society.

2. What attracted you to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?

It became very evident to me the men and women who work for LLS are passionate and diligent about their career and the LLS mission. I could immediately see their dedication and ingenuity shine through their events and campaigns as they help try to find a cure for blood cancer.

3. What do you think is so interesting about working with teams and individuals in a 
volunteer capacity?

The enthusiasm these volunteers show is humbling. So many of our volunteers have been affected by blood cancer in some way, but continue to fill our events with their motivating and positive spirit. The best part about volunteering for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is how easy and rewarding the experience is. Individuals or teams can volunteer for as few or as many events as desired, and I can ensure that our volunteers are placed in the roles that fit best for them.

4. What are you most looking forward to with 
your new position this next year? 

I am so excited to build relationships with our many volunteers and participants at future LLS events. I will also be involved with our Student Series program, so I am looking forward to helping educate and encourage students of North Texas.

5. What do you want people to know about you?

I want people to know that they can contact me for anything! Whether is it your family, friends, company, school or organization that is looking to donate time to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, I will make sure the experience is exciting and rewarding, and that your time is recognized.

My contact information is below:
Direct: (972) 996- 5914  

Friday, June 30, 2017

Beat AML Master Clinical Trial in North Texas

LLS Investing in Cures
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is at the center of the Food & Drug Administration's (FDA) innovative decision to allow a nonprofit organization to lead its own clinical trial.  The target: acute myeloid leukemia (AML).  It is the deadliest form of leukemia and has not seen a new treatment option in more than 40 years.

LLS Investing in Patients
LLS is dedicating more than $125 million to the Beat AML initiative, which is focused on creating new treatment options for AML patients.  LLS is harnessing the efforts of geneticists, pharmaceutical companies, government agencies and healthcare facilities in this revolutionary approach to creating new therapies.

LLS Investing in North Texas
Dr. Robert Collins, Jr., a member of the North Texas LLS Medical Advisory Board and LLS-funded researcher, has been charged with the task of leading the ONLY Beat AML trial in the south at UT Southwestern Medical Center Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Dr. Collins is currently accepting newly diagnosed AML patients as part of the Beat AML Master Trial.  Click here to learn more.

Hear More From Dr. Collins
Intrigued?  You can hear more about the Beat AML trial from Dr. Collins at the FREE North Texas Cancer Expo on Saturday, September 16th.  Registration for this session is limited and expected to fill quickly.

 Click on the image below to hear Dr. Collins talk about the Master Trial

Sunday, June 25, 2017

#TNT Because : Meet Thad Smith

We are continuing our series on the blog with interviewing current Team In Training (TNT) participants. Today we are chatting with Thad Smith of Dallas.  Thad just completed his first TNT event where he rode in America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride around Lake Tahoe. Thad and other members of Team Texas raised nearly $200,000 for LLS. Read on to hear more of why Thad joined up with the Team this season.  

1. What made you decide to participate in the Tahoe Century Ride? 

First, Blake and Rebecca Holmes are dear friends who I admire and respect.  Their son, Gage, was diagnosed with Leukemia 10 years ago and has been healed.  He’s a thriving 14 year old boy now.  So, I rode to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of his life.  Secondly, I’ve done other rides before which were about personal accomplishment, but not part of a group effort for a greater cause.  With TNT I was training with others focused on raising funds and awareness for Leukemia and Lymphoma research and treatment. 

Me (on left) and Ricardo Meade overlooking Emerald Bay

 2. What got you involved with Team In Training?

 I was asked by the Holmes’ to join their team and be part of the effort.

3. Finish this sentence, I do "TNTBecause..."

I do “TNT because I fight alongside all of the brave children and adults who are afflicted with Leukemia and Lymphoma.”

4. Tell us about the team you are cycling with. 

Team Gage is a dozen folks who are friends with Blake and Rebecca as well as a few family members.  Our “day jobs” range from wealth management to homemaker to plastic surgeon and even an adult oncologist.   Some of us were relative newcomers to cycling and needed to rent a bike while others had a good deal of experience and had done other century rides.

The team at the start of the ride @ 6AM.

Post Ride Brunch: (Left to right)- Ricardo Meade, Me, Blake Holmes, Rebecca Holmes, Houston Holmes, Sheila Holmes, Erin Schreyer, Ed Schreyer

It's not too late to join the TEAM this season.  Register for an event today.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Meet Heather Evans - New LLS Staff

Heather Evans has been involved with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society since 2008 when she began as a volunteer for the Georgia chapter. She lost her grandfather to Multiple Myeloma so she says that she will fight until there is a cure. Heather will be managing the Team In Training program in North Texas.  Below she answered a couple questions about herself.

1. Tell us about your nonprofit background.

I have been involved with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society since 2008. I began as a volunteer and intern with Georgia Chapter of Light The Night. I worked on the Atlanta event in 2008 and after my internship finished, I transitioned into a coordinator position with Student Series. I worked with schools across Georgia to implement planning meetings and school assemblies. During the 2008- 2009 school year, Georgia schools raised nearly $509,000 to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In January 2010, I transitioned back to Light The Night as a Campaign Manager. I worked with 15 corporate teams in Metro Atlanta and also oversaw the event in Albany, GA. In addition to working on Student Series and Light The Night, I also started training for my first Team In Training event as a teammate in 2009 and served as Team In Training Mentor in 2010.

2. What attracted you to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?

The mission. I lost my grandfather to Multiple Myeloma . At the end of his battle he was in ICU; I was too young at the time to go up to the ICU floor. My grandfather passed away the day he was supposed to come home; I never got to say goodbye in person. I remember getting home from school that day, excited to go to visit him. My mom should have been waiting for me, but it was my dad’s car parked in the driveway; dad was always home for dinner, but not usually earlier during the work week. I knew as soon as I saw my dad’s car that my grandfather hadn’t made it home that day. I miss him every day and I am committed to finding a cure, so no one else has to lose their grandfather or grandmother, mother or father, son or daughter, brother or sister, or friend or any other member of their family. I will fight until there is a cure.

3. What do you think is so interesting about working with teams and individuals in a fundraising capacity?

The best part about helping others reach their fundraising goals is when they make it! People come to Team In Training for a variety of reasons; some of a connection to the mission, others have a fitness goal, but no matter what originally brought them to TNT, nothing beats the feeling of knowing you have reached your fundraising goal, and those dollars that you have raised will go towards making tremendous strides in the fight against blood cancers!

4. What are you most looking forward to with the Team In Training Campaign this year?

Having participated in TNT myself, I always look most forward to watching the teammates cross the finish line in their purple jersey. I hope that all teammates wear their purple with pride. Completing an endurance event isn’t easy, but these amazing teammates complete their events while also raising thousands of dollars for blood cancer. Whether it’s someone’s first or fiftieth TNT event, there is so much to celebrate as they cross the finish line; because of them we are one step closer to a cure.

5. What do you want people to know about you?

I live by the saying that “Life is a journey…not a destination.” It’s been written across my feet since I was eighteen years old; after all, our feet are the means by which we take our journey.  I have a passion for travel and have visited over twenty-five countries.  I am committed to making my own journey on this planet and everyone’s as meaningful as possible.

You can find Heather in and out of our Dallas office.  She can be reached via email at or phone at 972.996.5939. Welcome to LLS!  We are so excited to have you on board.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Meet Kristen Rheinlander

Kristen Rheinlander is the newest face that you will see when you come into our Fort Worth Office.  She is managing our Light The Night event in Fort Worth. Kristen has been personally affected by Leukemia and comes to LLS with a strong background in non profits. Below she answered a couple questions about herself:

1. Tell us about your nonprofit background.
I have been involved in numerous nonprofit organizations volunteering for The USO, Defenders of Freedom, Canine Companions for Independence and the Ronald McDonald House of both Fort Worth and Dallas. Volunteering, and now ultimately having my career in nonprofits, brings so much gratification and joy to my daily life. I am so fortunate to be able to help others on a daily basis and really makes every day at the office feel rewarding.

2. What attracted you to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?

Leukemia has personally effected my family, and when the opportunity arose to work for an organization that is so strong within the Fort Worth Community, I knew my heart was with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society North Texas Chapter.

3. What do you think is so interesting about working with teams and individuals in a fundraising capacity?
I love that everyone VOLUNTEERS their time and money to such a worthy cause. As volunteers they have their own personal and unique reason to support our mission, yet the overwhelming goal to bring light to the darkness of cancer. While they could choose to look at cancer as such a dark and lonely space, they instead come together and inspire each other and become a light in each other’s lives.

4. What are you most looking forward to at the Light The Night Walk in Fort Worth?

I am excited to see the Fort Worth community come together and spread hope and joy to one another. While many of them will come as stranger, they all come together for one common mission, and I look forward to seeing friendships formed and fun being had throughout the night.

5. What do you want people to know about you?

I come from both a personal and professional background in sports, where I felt something was missing, so I turned my career to nonprofits. I have always had a heart for helping others and I look forward to making my passion my purpose in the fundraising sector of the nonprofit world. I am thrilled to work for such a worthy cause and can already tell The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will make my life and heart even that much greater.

You can find Kristen in and out of our Fort Worth office.  She can be reached via email at or phone at 817-288-2634.  Welcome to LLS!  We are so excited to have you on board.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

#TNTbecause - Meet Robert Mullins

We are continuing our series on the blog with interviewing current Team In Training (TNT) participants. Today we are chatting with Robert Mullins of Tyler.  Robert is a long time volunteer of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  He first got involved after his wife lost her battle to Lymphoma.  Over the years, he has served as the team captain of The Lymphoblasters fundraising team for Light The Night as well as completed several Team In Training fundraising events. He regularly serves as an all star volunteer and representative of TNT at local events around North Texas. 

1. What got you involved with Team In Training?

My late wife, Vanessa Rae Holland Mullins. I made a commitment to her to continue with her journey of finding a cure for blood cancers.  I heard about Team In Training and decided to not only help on her journey but to get myself healthy enough to run my first half marathon.  

2. Finish this sentence, I do "TNTBecause..."
I made a promise to my late wife that if she was to succumb to Lymphoma, then I will do all I can within my power to help find a cure.  TNT was another avenue within LLS that I could continue with her mission and the Society's mission that Someday is Today. 

3. Tell us why you continue to volunteer with TNT.

I continue to volunteer due to the relationships that have been formed with other members and staff.  We are all in this fight together. 

4. What's your favorite TNT memory so far? 

My favorite memory would be participating and finishing my first half marathon rightly named "Hero Thon".  It was held in San Antonio and was organized by LLS and TNT. 

It's not too late to join the TEAM this season.  Register for an event today.