Mungo’s heartfelt fundraiser turns 25

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Southwest suburban businessman Frank Mungo Jr. has been battling blood cancer in his own heartfelt way for a quarter of a century.

His Valentine’s Day Dance benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society celebrated its 25th anniversary on Feb. 10 at the Drake Hotel in Oak Brook.

Frank Mungo

When Mungo launched the event, blood cancer treatments were just beginning to see positive advancement. “Since the first year of the Valentine’s Day Dance, we have witnessed life-saving advances in blood cancer research while survival rates have soared,” Mungo says. “Over the last 25 years, we’ve seen the five-year survival rate for Chronic Myeloid Leukemia grow from 39 to more than 65 percent. And for those newly diagnosed CML patients who participated in clinical trials for Gleevec, we see survival rates of more than 90 percent. We are proud to be a part of that kind of progress!”

Mungo’s event is held the Saturday before Valentine’s Day and features auction items, raffles, games, live music and comedy.

“Over the past 25 years, the Valentine’s Day Dance has brought in nearly $750,000,” Illinois Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Executive Director Pam Swenk says. “We are so grateful to Frank for hosting this event on our behalf.”

For details, visit or call 708-955-5000.

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