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
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.
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
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.