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Hematology/oncology Nurse of the Year — nominations open

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Leukemia Research Foundation submission

The Leukemia Research Foundation seeks nominations of nurses who treat patients of leukemia, lymphoma and myelodysplastic syndromes for its annual Nurse of the Year Award.

Patients who have been treated for these blood cancers, as well as spouses, parents of patients, caregivers, children of patients, co-workers and medical professionals, are all invited to nominate a nurse -- or nurses -- for the award.

Nominations are open until Wednesday, Aug. 17, and application forms are available at local hospitals or the Leukemia Research Foundation website, Forms are also available by email at or calling (847) 424-0600.

The LRF is proud to honor outstanding nurses who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of patients and their families.

Nomination guidelines are as follows:

• Candidates must work in the state of Illinois or within 100 miles of Chicago (including some communities in Southern Wisconsin, Northwest Indiana and Southwestern Michigan).

• Candidates must hold an RN or an LPN certification and care for or serve patients with leukemia, lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndromes.

• Nominations must be submitted on the official LRF nomination form.

Mail completed nomination forms to: Leukemia Research Foundation, Attn. Linda Kabot, 3520 Lake Ave., Suite 202, Wilmette, IL 60091-1064; fax (847) 424-0606; or email

The Nurse of the Year Award, presented annually since 1996, was created to recognize a hematology-oncology nurse or nurses who give their time, compassion and heart each day to those touched by leukemia, lymphoma and myelodysplastic syndromes. Winners will receive a nursing grant as well as funding for a gift or program for his or her unit. Public recognition and presentation of the Nurse of the Year Awards will occur at the LRF's Medical Awards Dinner in October.

The Leukemia Research Foundation, headquartered in Wilmette, is dedicated to funding research and providing support to people affected by blood cancers. The foundation's mission is to conquer leukemia, lymphoma and myelodysplastic syndromes by funding research into their causes and cures, and to enrich the quality of life of those touched by these diseases.

For 65 years, thousands of volunteers and 23 chapters have helped the foundation raise more than $50 million to help fund research specifically targeting aspiring, eager, and innovative scientists and physicians around the world, provide patient financial assistance, and offer educational and emotional support for patients and their families.

Foundation information is available at or (847) 424-0600.