Funding cancer research

The Murray Group needs your vote by August 31 to win $10,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Read about their amazing dedication to fund cancer research and improve the quality of life of patients and families dealing with cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. Then vote for them by using the social media share buttons or by leaving a comment when you reach the end of their story.

Funding cancer research

Jim, Lauren and Bridget Murray pose after Bridget Murray decides to run for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year competition.

The Murray Group in Albany, New York has been a family-owned agency from the very beginning. President Jim Murray, founder of The Murray Group, currently works alongside his daughters, Vice Presidents Bridget and Lauren Murray, to lead the organization. Their involvement with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) also has roots in their family.

Finding the silver lining

In 2009, Jim Murray’s wife passed away from breast cancer at the age of 58. Ten years later, Jim’s son Ryan Murray passed away from myeloma and plasma cell leukemia at age 40; he had also been a principal and vice president of the agency at the time of his passing. These tragic losses were terribly painful, but also united the family and the agency with the LLS to work together to fight cancer.

 

“We don’t want other families to experience these losses that we have, and we feel strongly the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is critical in the fight against cancer.”

—Bridget Murray, vice president of The Murray Group

 

“We don’t want other families to experience these losses that we have, and we feel strongly the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is critical in the fight against cancer,” said Bridget Murray. The agency began working with the nonprofit in October 2018, and since then, The Murray Group has donated over $100,000 to the LLS.

 

Woman of the Year

Vice President Bridget Murray is a board member of the agency’s local LLS branch, which represents Connecticut, Albany and eastern New York. In 2021, she ran for Woman of the Year, a 10-week fundraising competition that runs from March until June.

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Bridget and Lauren Murray presenting at the Grand Finale of the 2022 Man and Woman of the Year competition.

Normally, the contest would have candidates running multiple events to raise money, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to run events was significantly hampered. Still, The Murray Group knew that this perilous time was a time that cancer patients needed help the most.

Hard work paid off, and Bridget Murray won Woman of the Year for their chapter, raising $356,000, the highest amount ever raised by a candidate in that LLS branch. All of these funds went directly toward cancer research. Bridget Murray has since become heavily involved in the Man and Woman of the Year campaign leadership team. Through The Murray Group’s fundraising efforts, nearly $500,000 has been raised for LLS in total.

 

Making a difference

When Ryan Murray passed, he was in the middle of a clinical trial for CAR-T therapy for myeloma patients. Since then, LLS has helped fund two FDA-approved CAR-T therapies for multiple myeloma patients.

In addition to funding therapies like these, the LLS continues to develop new initiatives. “We are building a Children’s Initiative because children are being subject to antiquated treatments intended for adults,” said Francesca Pardi, the campaign development director for this LLS branch.

“We are building a Children’s Initiative because children are being subject to antiquated treatments intended for adults.”

—Francesca Pardi, campaign development director at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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The Murray Group celebrates the accomplishments of candidates of the 2022 Man and Woman of the Year competition, of which Bridget was on the leadership team.

The 2022 Make More Happen Award includes a donation of $5,000 from Liberty Mutual and Safeco on behalf of The Murray Group. This would help to fund the Light the Night Walk, which brings in hundreds of walkers to raise money for cancer patients. This year, it will help to fund the Children’s Initiative in particular.

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Lawrence Garbo, MD
1 day ago

I am both an NYOH physician (and site research leader) and a client of the Murray Group. Thank you for your continued support of the LLS and cancer research. Research does save lives!

Arsyl De Jesus, MD
2 days ago

In behalf of the physicians and staff of New York Oncology Hematology, thank you so much for all that you are doing for cancer patients and our community! Research saves Lives! Your support of the LLS and cancer research will enable future patients LIVE!

Matt Wood
2 days ago

The Murray’s are a great family agency and it’s amazing to see the support they and Safeco are able to provide this important cause!

Jill Blachaniec
4 days ago

Best to you and your family and for caring for others!

Angela Mextorf
4 days ago

Beautiful family who has endured their own tragedies but is always giving back to the community.

Kaleen LaCorte
4 days ago

Appreciate all that you do!

Andrea Gallo
4 days ago

I love this story! Your commitment to help other patients is so encouraging and beyond thoughtful! Andrea Gallo

Abbey Kocan
4 days ago

Inspiring! Thank you for your dedication!

Dan Sullivan
5 days ago

Thanks for all that you do!

Treen Charitable Events
5 days ago

Well done Murray Family! You’re making a huge difference and helping to find a cure for blood cancer.

Elaina Renda
5 days ago

Keep up the amazing work! Your family is incredible ❤️

Chantel Crisafulli Burnash
5 days ago

Let’s go Murray team! Thank you for all that you do for LLS!

Michael Miller
6 days ago

Keep up the AWESOME dedication and drive to help others from the same pain…just wow.

Lauren P
6 days ago

The dedication by the Murrays is amazing! Stay strong, keep moving forward ♥️

Bryan Geary
6 days ago

I have great respect for the Murray family for all they are doing to support the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma.

Nidia Murray
6 days ago

Thank you for your dedication to this important mission.

Chuck DeCitise
6 days ago

Thank You for all you do for LLS!

Angie Silipigno
6 days ago

Thank you for your dedication to this important mission!!!

Sabrina Mosseau
6 days ago

Thank you for everything you do! Our community is better because of your efforts.

Kelsey Carr
6 days ago

For every fight won, for each battle lost, and for those still fighting <3 Thank you to the Murray Group!!

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Rick Ostroff
6 days ago

Thank you for all you’re doing Bridget!!

Kaleigh Borden
6 days ago

Thank you Bridget!

Derik Whalen
6 days ago

So happy to support! Let’s get it

Brooke
6 days ago

Way to go Bridget!

John Decatur
6 days ago

Great family and real advocates for the causes they support.

Daniela V
6 days ago

Keep up the great work!!

Kerry
6 days ago

Great work and dedication from this agency. You have my vote!

Brittany Hedderman
6 days ago

Great job!

Jill Kubik
7 days ago

❤️

Dave Iadanza
7 days ago

You are lucky in life if you can find a cause in life that you are passionate about and makes a difference in the world. The Murray Group is personally and professionally committed to the LLS.
Help them make a difference.

Zac conley
7 days ago

Great work Murrays!!

Frank moran jr
7 days ago

Great work!! The entire northeast region of Safeco is rooting for you to get the $10,000!

Greg Barcomb
7 days ago

Cheering you on! Great work and good luck!

Barb Post
7 days ago

Great work, Murray Group!

Susan Mcneice
7 days ago

Great work for an amazing organization!

Ryan Bosworth
7 days ago

Thanks so much!!

Bob M.
7 days ago

Excellent work, thank you!

Christina Bosworth
7 days ago

Awesome! Thank you for making a difference!

Regina
7 days ago

Awesome! Thank you

Maria
7 days ago

Thank you for all that yoy do to help fight cancer!

Nicole Ouellette
7 days ago

Wonderful job! Thank you!

Julia Elacqua
7 days ago

Such amazing dedication , good luck

Ben Conboy
7 days ago

Great job!

Marissa
7 days ago

Great work, thank you!

Samantha
7 days ago

This is wonderful! Amazing work!

Nick Pardi
7 days ago

Great Job Murray Group!

Madison Sharman
8 days ago

thank you murray group!

Francesca Pardi
8 days ago

Thank you Bridget and the Murray Group for your commitment to help cure blood cancer. We are lucky to have you on our board and part of this important mission!

Bryce Cutler
8 days ago

Love this!

Jim C
9 days ago

Good work, TMG! Good luck!

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