what is LI-FRAUMENI syndrome?
Li-Fraumeni syndrome (LFS) is one of 7,000 rare diseases that affect 25-30 million Americans. It is estimated that over 500 families in the U.S. and over 1,000 multigenerational families worldwide have Li-Fraumeni syndrome.
Li-Fraumeni syndrome is linked to a mutation in the TP53 tumor suppressor gene, which provides instructions for making tumor protein p53. Sometimes called the “Guardian of the Genome,” the TP53 gene is vital in preventing cancer from forming. TP53 is also the most frequently mutated gene in human cancer. If we unlock Li-Fraumeni syndrome, we could unlock cancer.
People with a TP53 mutation have a significantly increased risk of developing cancer over their lifetime. LFS affects each individual differently, even within the same family. Learn more about LFS.
Originally known as sarcoma, breast, leukemia and adrenal gland (SBLA) syndrome, Li-Fraumeni syndrome or LFS is named after Dr. Frederick Pei Li and Dr. Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., two American physicians who in 1967 began making the connections between specific cancers in certain families. Now more than 50 years later, through the passions and efforts of many researchers and clinicians around the world, the history, the various functions of p53, and its connection to Li-Fraumeni syndrome are still being uncovered. Learn more about the history of LFS.
HOW YOU CAN HELP RAISE LI-FRAUMENI SYNDROME AWARENESS
GRANTS: Anyone who has dealt with cancer and LFS knows how difficult it can be to ask for help when you need it. LFS Hardship Grants are awarded every March 20th and October 5th to families and individuals facing financial hardships due to Li-Fraumeni syndrome. The application period is currently closed. Subscribe to our mailing list to be notified when it opens for the next round of grants.
AMPLIFY your personal LFS story: email your videos, photos, and blog posts about living with Li-Fraumeni syndrome to hello@LivingLFS.org and we will share them on our website and social media during LFS Awareness Month and LFS Awareness Day!
LFS AWARENESS EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Make a $530 donation to support Living LFS Hardship Grants and you can own this one-of-a-kind mandala, currently being hand-drawn by the illustrious Inge Vandormael - a gifted artist who also happens to be a Living LFS board member. Learn more.
Inge spends hours painstakingly handcrafting each work of art. Upon completion, this intricate pen and ink and sparkling gold mandala will be 14” x 14” on 30” x 22” paper.
To purchase, donate $530 and enter “mandala” in your note for the donor scroll. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org for other options to donate.)
Once this artwork is sold, Inge may be commissioned to create hand drawn original mandalas of similar design and size for $530 each, with all proceeds less shipping costs to benefit Living LFS. Only 5 of these commissioned pieces will be available. Contact Inge Vandormael at email@example.com for details and to reserve your commissioned artwork.
LFS AWARENESS DAY VIRTUAL EVENT: Mark your calendar! Join us on March 20th, Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Awareness Day. Living LFS will be awarding hardship grants, marking the day with our community and its supporters, and celebrating the birth anniversary of Living LFS founder Jen Mallory. Details coming soon!
LFS AWARENESS IN THE MEDIA
REMEMBERING: LFS PATIENT ADVOCATES
Jennifer Mallory (March 20, 1976 – October 5, 2020) was an LFS patient, and a fierce advocate for providing emotional and psychosocial support for those living with Li-Fraumeni syndrome. Jen founded Living LFS, a fully volunteer-led 501(c)(3) non-profit patient support organization with the mission to encourage, empower, and educate those living with Li-Fraumeni syndrome by connecting them with care, resources, and others who are Living LFS. Jen passed from metastatic breast cancer in 2020. We mark LFS Awareness Day on Jen Mallory’s birthday, March 20.
John Berkeley (May 14, 1970 – August 2, 2018) was also an LFS patient, and he was passionate about LFS awareness. John established the first ever online Li-Fraumeni syndrome patient support group, at a website called MD Junction, and was the first president of the LFS Association. In 2016, Jen said about John, “he has been an integral behind the scenes force and advocate for support and advocacy in our community. We worked together closely founding LFSA and he supported my passion for support and when I decided to focus on support through a new direction with Living LFS.” John passed from glioblastoma in 2018.
Jennifer Mallory and John Berkeley were key drivers in ensuring that those living with Li-Fraumeni syndrome would never fight LFS alone. They are both deeply missed, and we are grateful for all of their contributions to the Li-Fraumeni syndrome patient community.