The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. LLS was established in 1949 as the de Villiers Foundation, named in memory of Robert Roesler de Villiers, a young man who died of leukemia. As a result of ongoing research, overall survival rates for leukemia have tripled in the last 40 years.
LLS is dedicated to being one of the top-rated voluntary health agencies in terms of dollars that directly fund the mission. Seventy-three percent of LLS expenditures are directed to research, patient and community services, advocacy and education.