Leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. The bone marrow is the spongy center of the bones that makes blood cells. Although leukemia starts in the blood, it eventually affects all parts of the body. Leukemia strikes people of all ages, races and genders. However, during the past 40 years incredible progress has been made through research in the treatment of this disease. Today, about 85% of children receive clinical remission while 50% of adults survive five years or longer.

Leukemia Texas has taken an active role in contributing to the successes that research has achieved. Through its Research program, Leukemia Texas awards grants for research conducted in Texas to develop new and improved treatment methods and ultimately a cure for leukemia.