CLL Information Group

In Memoriam: John Balan

The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) remembers its Board member and CLL Information Group founder John Balan, who passed away on January 31, 2013. John was known for his unwavering commitment to helping individuals affected by chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and his legacy can be seen in the many programs and services offered by the Foundation for people with the disease.

“John was a valued and significant member of our Board and of the CLL community,” shared LRF Chief Executive Officer Diane Blum. “He will be missed by many and appreciated for his great contributions to LRF and to people with CLL.”

John was proud of his work with LRF and the CLL Information Group. The Foundation is grateful for his many gifts, which he used to positively impact the lymphoma community.

CLL Information Group

The mission of the CLL Information Group, also known as CIG, is to provide disease-specific information to CLL and small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) patients and caregivers; to increase awareness about the disease; and to gain increased visibility in order to achieve greater support from the medical community. CIG’s priorities are threefold:

  • To serve as a pathway to inform members of events and discoveries of importance;
  • To host seminars, discussions, and forums dealing specifically with CLL/SLL; and
  • To develop interactive relationships with doctors and experts in the field, so that people with CLL can benefit from their knowledge and experience with the disease and bridge the gap between the medical community and patients.

Since its founding in 2004, CIG has organized several teleconferences with top CLL practitioners and been successful in arranging for additional CLL-specific sessions at a variety of medical and patient seminars and workshops.

CIG is a patient advocacy group that offers information to people with CLL/SLL and their loved ones. CIG offers an interactive, online discussion group where frequent and interesting dialogue takes place. Richard Furman, MD (Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian) is active on this discussion group. We urge you to join and share your thoughts with other patients.

To subscribe please email Once you have joined please post your questions, opinions, data, and information.