The Lymphoma Research Foundation Ambassador program is comprised of individuals from around the country, each with a personal lymphoma story. LRF Ambassadors represent several subtypes and treatment options for the disease. The group includes current patients, caregivers of patients, and survivors. The LRF Ambassador program has been instrumental in raising awareness for lymphoma and providing hope to others affected by the disease. Ambassadors are able to share their individual stories and experiences navigating this diagnosis.
Meet Our Ambassadors
Bob was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma in 2000. He was treated initially with an autologus stem cell transplant, but relapsed three years later. In 2004, Bob underwent a RICE chemotherapy regimen followed by a matched unrelated donor transplant. He is now in remission and today, Bob enjoys traveling and walks about four miles each day. He lives with his wife in Chicago, IL.
Bob was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma in 2006. He underwent R-CVP chemotherapy followed by two years of maintenance Rituxan and has been in remission since 2007. Bob is a Human Resources Information Technology manager for a high-tech company based in the Netherlands. Bob is also a 4th degree black belt in Kenpo karate. He lives in Phoenix with his wife, two daughters and one granddaughter.
Bob was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma in 1997. He was initially treated with radiation. Following a relapse five years later, he did an R-CHOP treatment regimen. Bob elected to undergo two-year maintenance program of rituximab. He is now in remission and resides in Florida with his wife.
Chris was diagnosed with central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma in 2010. He received numerous chemotherapy treatments, experimental procedures, a bone marrow transplant, and an Onmaya Reservoir. He is now in remission and today, Chris is the co-host of a podcast called The Cancer Card. He lives in Westlake Village, CA, with his fiancé, Jennifer, and their four children.
Chris’s dad was diagnosed with peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL) in 2008. Thanks to a clinical trial his dad is now cancer-free and considered cured. Chris is a voice for caregivers working tirelessly behind-the-scenes for their loved ones. He is also a strong advocate for clinical trials and research. Chris lives in northern Virginia, where he runs his own marketing business and directs and music directs theater.
Dexter was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma two days before Christmas in 2012 – he was 24 years old. Dexter is now in remission and lives is Houston, Teaxas with his two daughters and family.
Donna was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in 2012 and received six rounds of RCHOP. Donna is a survivor and ardent member of the exclusive club of the Lymphoma Community supporting LRF’s commitment to eradicate cancer through research and support of others afflicted with this disease. Donna resides in Chicago and has two adult children.
Erica was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin lymphoma in March 2013. After a long journey and over 6 months and 12 rounds of chemotherapy, she is now happily a strong survivor. Erica is the founder of “Dzire2Survive”, a cancer support and advocacy group that helps improve the quality of life of patients and their families affected by lymphoma. Erica resides in Maryland and works as a Protection Officer for the Department of Defense and has also started a career in modeling.
Geoff was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2009. He was treated in 2015 in a clinical trial with an experimental drug plus standard chemo immunotherapy and achieved a partial remission. He relapsed in 2017 and his CLL spread to his eyes, brain lining, and central nervous system. He was successful treated with high doses of brain cancer chemo and ibrutinib, an oral anti-cancer agent. He is now in full remission and living happily in Washington DC. He loves hiking, cycling, power lifting, and baking.
Jordan was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in 2017 when he was 23. He underwent six rounds of R-CHOP chemotherapy while completing his coursework in Columbia University’s postbaccalaureate premedical program. He is now in remission and will soon begin medical school at NYU Long Island School of Medicine.
Julianna was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma in 2011. She was treated with rituximab and went into remission in 2013. She relapsed in 2016, just one month after the birth of her first child. After undergoing additional treatment, she is now happily in remission. Julianna is a Nurse Practitioner and lives in California with her husband and two kids.
Katie Palay was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in April of 2008. Two months in to her treatment she found out her cancer was refractory. She underwent IGEV salvage chemotherapy followed BEAM and an autologous stem cell transplant. A year later, in 2009, Katie relapsed. She enrolled in a clinical trial called LBH 589 followed by 35 rounds of Proton Therapy. She has remained cancer free since April 2010. Katie lives in Chicago with her husband Dan, and their two children Sydney and Max.
Linda was diagnosed with transformed lymphoma (DLBCL transformed into FL) in 2008. She received six rounds of R-CHOP and was declared in remission. In October 2016, she relapsed and received a stem cell transplant. She is now in remission and lives in New York with her husband.
Lu was diagnosed with Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia in 2012. She received 50 chemotherapy infusions over the course of 18 months and is now happily a survivor. Lu is passionate about giving back to her doctors and raising awareness of rare cancers including WM. Lu resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband.
Nick was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma at the age of 31. He received two years of treatments ranging from chemotherapy, immunotherapy, autologous stem-cell transplant, more chemotherapy, and various failed clinical trials. Upon relapsing, he enrolled in a CAR T-cell therapy clinical trial and was declared cancer-free. He now lives in Nebraska with his wife and daughter.
Paul was diagnosed in 1996, at the age of 29, with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. He underwent eight cycles of chemotherapy followed by more than 20 radiation treatments. Almost twenty years later, Paul remains in remission. Paul participates each year in the New York Lymphoma Walk, and continues to look forward to wearing his survivors t-shirt. Paul is currently a partner in the law firm Rivkin Radler LLP and he resides in Long Island, NY.
Rich was diagnosed in 2008 with peripheral T-cell lymphoma. He enrolled in a clinical trial at the National Institutes of Health and after 650 hours of chemotherapy he is now enjoying a cancer-free life. In 2013, Rich was instrumental in encouraging his local lawmakers to proclaim September as Blood Cancer Awareness month in Manassas, VA. He enjoys spending “healthy” quality time with his family. Rich lives with his wife in Virginia.
Rose was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma twelve years ago and underwent several months of Chemo and radiation. After five years in remission, she relapsed. Rose then underwent high-dose chemo and a stem cell transplant. Now cancer-free, Rose tours the country as a jazz vocalist and has performed in top jazz clubs from NYC to Chicago to LA.