Conner Imbody Raises Funds and Awareness for a Future Without Cancer
Congratulations to Conner Imbody, MPH, Clinical Research Coordinator at Lurie Cancer Center, on the overwhelming success of his 10-week fundraising challenge as a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Man of the Year candidate! With the support of his fundraising team, including Queenster Nartey, Revi Semanjaku, Lauren Schulte and Federica Sidoti from Lurie Cancer Center’s Clinical Trials Office (CTO), Conner raised more than $54,000, and received the 2022 Citizenship Award for Volunteerism.
On behalf of their patients, Conner and his team shared information about the LLS mission, held fundraising events with their Lurie Cancer Center colleagues, and more. “While I did not win Man of the Year,” he said, “I am incredibly proud that we were one of only four candidate teams to join the $50,000 club.”
For achieving this milestone, Conner was given the opportunity to name an LLS-funded research grant. “I chose a research portfolio dedicated to aggressive subtypes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as this is what I work on with the CAR T-cell team. Every day in my work at Lurie Cancer Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, I see the incredible need for more treatment options,” he said. “I wanted to help fund the exciting next generation of clinical trials that will not only lead to more options for patients, but also treatments that are more targeted and with fewer side effects.”
“Lymphoma is also personal to me, as my cousin is a survivor of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma,” Conner added. “She helped fundraise for my campaign, and it is very special to know that these funds will be used to help other patients like her beat cancer.”
Conner Imbody and his team celebrated with friends, family and colleagues -- including Lurie Cancer Center’s entire CTO lymphoma team -- at the LLS Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale on June 11, 2022