The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research toward cures for blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and improving the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS was established in 1949 as the deVilliers Foundation, named in memory of Robert deVilliers who died of leukemia at the age of sixteen.
LLS is made up of over 50 chaptes in the United States and Canda. The Texas Gulf Chapter awards more patient and reimbursement assistance to off-set medical expenses than any other chapter. LLS has locally invested millions of dollars in the Texas Medical Center, and currently funds 17 Houston-based researches totaling over $20 million. The chapter serves the Houston community, as well as 36 surrounding counties.