Tree of Life Award

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Honors Candlelighters Ruth Hoffman with the Tree of Life Award 

Ruth I. Hoffman MPH

Read Ruth's acceptance speech

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's press release (March 2006):

Award recognizes individuals who have helped improve the quality of life of blood cancer patients 

Washington, D.C. – (March 24, 2006) - The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will honor Ruth Hoffman, Executive Director of the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, at a special awards ceremony hosted by the Society’s Board of Directors in Washington, D.C. on Monday, March 27, 2006.

Hoffman, whose 25-year-old daughter, Naomi, is an 18-year survivor of acute myelogenous leukemia, will be presented with the Tree of Life Award, which honors individuals who have played a major and lasting role, with national impact, in improving the quality of life of patients and their families.

Hoffman, of Kensington, Maryland, mother of eight children, is a member of C-Change, a collaboration of national leaders in cancer; a patient consultant for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration; serves on the Alliance for Childhood Cancer, the National Coalition for Cancer Research, the American Cancer Society’s Children and Cancer Advisory Group, the IRB Children’s National Medical Center and is a former member of the FDA’s Pediatric Subcommittee of the Oncology Drug Advisory Committee.

Hoffman’s leadership has resulted in the recent publication of several books: “Chemo, Craziness & Comfort,” for elementary school aged children with cancer; “The Amazing Hannah,” for preschool children with cancer, “Oliver’s Story” for elementary aged siblings of children with cancer, and “Educating the Child with Cancer: A Guide for Parents and Teachers.” Hoffman provides a patient navigation program and personally responds to thousands of requests for childhood cancer treatment information annually. She is co-founder and organizer of the Candlelighters National Childhood Cancer Awareness Tree.

“Ruth has worked tirelessly on behalf of families of children with cancer,” said John Kamins, Chairman of the Society. “As the parent of a cancer survivor, Ruth has deep empathy for the families she helps every day and she is truly deserving of this recognition.”

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, headquartered in White Plains, NY, with 66 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The Society’s mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has invested more than $424 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Last year alone, the Society made 2.5 million contacts with patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

For more information about blood cancer, visit or call the Society’s Information Resource Center (IRC), a call center staffed by master's level social workers, nurses and health educators who provide information, support and resources to patients and their families and caregivers. IRC information specialists are available at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.