Lea’s Foundation Pledges $555,000 for Leukemia Research

Three year pledge to Saint Francis

(Hartford, Conn. February 14, 2014) -  At the Lea’s Foundation 20thAnnual Valentine’s Day Ball, the organization pledged $555,000 to conduct leukemia research at the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center over the next three years. 

The funds provided by Lea’s Foundation will be utilized to coordinate and support participation in clinical trials to test recently discovered new cancer treatment drugs. Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia Research, Inc. was formed in 1998 to honor the memory of Lea Michele Economos, who at the young age of 18 was diagnosed with leukemia, and subsequently lost her battle when she was only 28 years old. Lea’s Foundation raises money to fund research into the causes of and cures for leukemia and its related cancers (lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma). Lea’s Foundation also provides some limited financial assistance to patients affected by leukemia and similar blood-related diseases. The Foundation further provides increased public awareness of these cancers through its participation and support of community health care programs. All of the money raised by the Lea’s Foundation stays in Connecticut.The Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Foundation operates exclusively to advance the charitable, scientific and educational purposes of the Hospital through relationship building, community visibility and fund raising. 

The Foundation also focuses on major gifts and planned gifts to build Saint Francis' endowment to enable the Hospital to sustain its services to the community for generations to come. 


About Saint Francis Care 

Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897.  Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England.  Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners.  Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner.  Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of seven major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the region.  For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.