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The Campaign 2 Save Lives

Leukemia is among the most aggressive and lethal forms of blood cancer. Despite dramatic advances in understanding cancer biology, there is still much work left to be done for people affected by these diseases.

The Campaign 2 Save Lives is a $5 million initiative to establish the Leukemia Translational Research Program (LTRP) at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

The program’s goals are to:

  • Provide an infrastructure to fast-track discovery and improve patient outcomes and care by opening doors to targeted and more effective treatment options
  • Offer hope to people living with acute and chronic leukemias, myelodysplastic syndrome and other chronic myeloid neoplasms
  • Broaden global awareness, promote the importance of stem cell cord blood donations and transplants and expand personalized care and treatment options for patients with these life-threatening cancers

Your philanthropic support will create a lasting legacy and improve the health, education and well-being of our global community for generations to come.

C2SL Icon of Chicago Award

On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, guests and supporters of the Campaign 2 Save Lives gathered at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse to raise funds for leukemia research and honor cancer survivor Michael Pesoli with the 2019 Icon of Chicago Award. Thank you all who supported the event and helping raise awareness and support for leukemia research.

Read more about the 2018 dinner held to raise funds for the Leukemia Translational Research Program (LTRP) at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.


To donate, contact Karen Kliebhan, Director of Philanthropy, at 312-926-5798 or

You can also contribute through AmazonSmile, a website operated by Amazon that will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to The Campaign 2 Save Lives.

Our Symbol

This symbol represents an original piece of artwork titled "Harmony" that was generously donated by world-renowned artist Dov Lederberg. Mr. Lederberg's donation was made in loving memory his brother, Joshua Lederberg, PhD, the 1958 Nobel Laureate of Medicine & Physiology who discovered that bacteria transfer genes.



Our directors are global leaders in leukemia research, committed to realizing the Leukemia Translational Research Program’s vision to save lives. They seek to bridge the gap between laboratory research and patient care to improve outcomes.

 Executive Committee

Bruce Jacobson - President & Co-Founder
Barbara Jacobson - Executive Vice President & Co-Founder
Dan Goldwin - Vice President
Karyn Davidman - Secretary
Susan Eby - Treasurer

 Founders' Governing Board

Daniel Goldwin
Karyn Davidman
Susan Eby
Joan Beard
Morris Beard
Denise Bleichman
Jack Bleichman
Renee Cohen
Kenneth Davidman
Debbie Dresner
Steve Dresner
Carol Rosenberg Derman, MD
Gordon Derman, MD
Fran Givertz
Alex Goldstein
Marna Goldwin
Jami Josefson, MD
Avi Josefson
The Honorable Alyssa Knobel
Jeremy Knobel
Dorit Lederberg
Dov Lederberg
Debby Oshri-Pintel
Alon Pintel
Norman Pressman, PhD
Laney Pressman
Linda Silvers
Sandy Silvers
Charles Schikman, MD
Eileen Sirkin
Phyllis Theodoropoulos
Gus Theodoropoulos
Caryn Zelinger
Allan Zelinger, MD

 Medical Advisory Board

Jessica Altman, MD
Gordon Derman, MD
Carol Rosenberg Derman, MD
Olga Frankfurt, MD
Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD
Charles Schikman, MD

 Young Leaders Board for Community Service, Education & Legislation

Seth Gruen, President
Jason Davidman
Matthew Davidman
Benjamin Derman, MD
Eric Fahlstrom
Joey Goldshlack
Daniel Hyman
Josh Offenhartz
Joseph Piasecki
Julia Resnick
Lindsay Smith
Emily Steinberg
Nicole Vargas
Katherine Weikunat
Jason Weil
Sarah Weil
Erin Wold

 Young Leaders Board for Fundraising, Networking & Social Media

Lee Gruen, President
Stephanie Boddy, Executive Vice President
Brooke Burton
Nick Coglaniese
Matthew Davidman
Yael Derman
Benjamin Derman, MD
Miriam Dresner
Eric Fahlstrom
Zak Friedman
Bridget Joyce
Shelby Lotarski
Josh Offenhartz
Julia Resnick
Michal Adut (Rose)
Dejon Rose
Jill Stangohr
Christopher Tabor
Nicole Vargas
Katherine Weikunat
Erin Wold