Diane McDonnell of Naperville was elected to the Board of Trustees of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Greater Illinois Chapter (LLS) at LLS’s annual meeting in July at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. McDonnell is continuing her term on the board of LLS, which is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer.
McDonnell has volunteered with the chapter’s Patient Services committee for several years and in 2012 was named chairperson of the committee and elected to the Board of Trustees. She was also a candidate in LLS’s annual Man & Woman of the Year fundraising competition in 2013.
“I want to continue to make a difference, to remember those who have passed, honor those who have survived and provide hope for those who will be diagnosed in the future,” McDonnell said.
McDonnell is a Hematology Clinical Account Specialist at Pharmacyclics. She began her career in nursing on the stem cell transplant unit in clinical oncology at the University of Chicago Medical Center. McDonnell and her husband Jeff live in Naperville with their two daughters, Zoe and Addison.
“We are delighted to have Diane on the Board of Trustees,” said LLS executive director Pam Swenk. “She has long been dedicated to helping those dealing with cancer, and she is a wonderful leader on the Board.”
LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatment for blood cancer patients. LLS has contributed nearly $1 billion to blood cancer research and is the leading source of free blood cancer information, education and patient support. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Greater Illinois Chapter serves people in the state of Illinois as well as Porter and Lake Counties in Indiana.