My Fundraising Page

Dr. Rick Van Etten's Fundraising Page
Jul 16, 2017

Welcome to Dr. Rick Van Etten's Light The Night Walk Fundraising Page


Dear Friends and Colleagues:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) funds the research and development of therapies that save thousands of lives every day. Two examples are targeted therapies that seek out cancer cells and kill them, and the use of a patient's own immune system to kill cancer. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk helps fund those treatments for patients like Joseph, a leukemia survivor.

At just 9 years old, Joseph was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). LLS was there with Joseph and his family from the very beginning with friendship, support and critical treatment information, through daily chemo, aches and pains, weight gain, lumbar punctures and daily clinic visits. Now Joseph is in remission.


Joseph's is just one of the thousands of lives saved because of the LLS work supported by people like you. The LLS funded the research of my own laboratory when I was a new leukemia investigator in the 1990s, and their support made the difference and allowed me to continue my career in academic medicine. Now, our work is funded by the National Cancer Institute, and we are excited that we have identified a new target for therapy of high-risk leukemia similar to the disease Joseph had:


Today, as the Director of UC Irvine's NCI-designated Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, I see an urgent need for similar support to allow our best and brightest young physicians and scientists, including those at UC Irvine, to follow in my footsteps. In an era when funding from the National Institutes of Health is increasingly difficult to obtain, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is filling a very important gap. 


Please consider making a donation today to my Light The Night Walk, and check my Web site frequently to see my progress.


Thank you for bringing us all closer to living in a world without blood cancers!


Rick Van Etten, MD PhD

Director, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

UC Irvine Health 



My Fundraising Total

Raised: $1,189.91 | Goal: $5,000.00
24 %

My Team

Team Total: $23,705.00 | Goal: $25,000.00

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Anonymous $500.00
Bert Semler $100.00
xiao tang kong $25.00