Lea Michele Economos
Oct. 28, 1963 – Feb. 7, 1992
Lea Michele was born in October of 1963 to loving parents Michael and Bess Economos. At the young age of 18, Lea was diagnosed with leukemia. Then, just ten years after she was diagnosed, she succumbed to the illness, after an unsuccessful bone marrow transplant. It was her dying wish that others not face the hardship she encountered, by finding a way to eliminate this terrible disease-thus, the Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia Research was born.
Since its inception, millions of dollars have been raised to help others celebrate life and to raise money for those suffering from leukemia and other related blood disorders.