Promise of Service

The “S” in FarmHouse stands for Service. As a result, FarmHouse members make it a priority to be involved in community service and philanthropy opportunities.

The Fraternity adopted Be The Match: National Bone Marrow Registry and the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society as its official philanthropies at the 2008 Conclave. The Fraternity continues its efforts to spread awareness and encourage others to join the National Bone Marrow Registry and raise money to benefit research at the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. 

Be the Match logo

National Bone Marrow Registry Support

When their 10-year-old daughter Laura was diagnosed with leukemia, Robert (Bob) Graves , D.V.M. (Colorado State 53), and his wife, Sherry, were ready to do anything they could to save her. Desperate to save her life, they turned to alternative treatment options. They agreed to try the first ever bone marrow transplant for a leukemia patient from an unrelated donor.

Laura received her transplant in 1979. And it worked. The success of the treatment inspired the Graves to give other families the same hope for a cure. Thanks to Dr. Graves, other patient families, doctors, congressional support and funding from the U.S. Navy, a national registry of volunteers willing to donate bone marrow was born.

The National Marrow Donor Program has evolved to become Be the Match: The National Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Since its founding in 1987, Be the Match efforts resulted in 115,000 transplants, with 6,649 transplants in 2021 alone. There are over 225 ongoing research studies and clinical trials supported by Be The Match. Financial assistance was provided to 2,602 patients in need of treatment, totaling $6.1 million in support last year. And most importantly, despite the limitations of a COVID-impacted world, in 2021, 300,000 new potential donors were added to the Registry, of which 33 percent were racially and ethnically diverse. What started as a select, disconnected, few donors, in files in the Graves family basement, today is a Registry of over 9 million potential donors in the United States and 39 million potential donors worldwide. Read the full version of this story in a 2015 issue of Pearls & Rubies.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society logo

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Support

At the 2008 Conclave, at the request of then undergraduate brother, John Romine (Purdue 05), FarmHouse adopted Leukemia-Lymphoma Society (LLS) as one of its national philanthropies. John, who, at the time was undergoing treatments for Hodgkins’ Lymphoma knew it was time to adopt a national organization to benefit from the service of FarmHouse men. Romine passed away from the disease in December 2008.

Today, Farmhouse mend across the country host events to raise money for LLS and register potential bone marrow donors.  You can apply for a grant to host an event on your campus at the link below.

About US

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) is at the forefront of the fight to cure blood cancer. We are the largest nonprofit dedicated to creating a world without blood cancers. Since 1949, we’ve invested nearly $1.3 billion in groundbreaking research, pioneering many of today’s most innovative approaches. LLS has helped to advance 85% of the blood cancer treatment options approved by the FDA since 2017.

About Light The Night

Light The Night is an inspirational evening event benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) funding of research to find blood cancer cures. Light The Night brings communities together to celebrate those who are fighting the disease and to honor those we have lost.

Each year friends, families and co-workers form teams to raise money in support of our mission. In the fall, these team and their communities Light The Night at our walks where we gather together to celebrate, honor and remember those touched by cancer.

Each walker carries an iconic Light The Night illuminated lantern. White lanterns are carried by survivors and patients, red lanterns are carried in support of patients and finding cures, and gold lanterns are carried in remembrance of those we have lost. We will be a LIGHT in the darkness.

About Big Climb

Big Climb is more than a stair climb – it’s an inspiring, fun and motivating experience. Participants challenge themselves to climb to the top of iconic buildings and fundraise to support the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. STEP UP to take cancer down.

Promise of Service


Promise of Service

The “S” in FarmHouse stands for Service. As a result, FarmHouse members make it a priority to be involved in community service and philanthropy opportunities.

The Fraternity adopted Be The Match: National Bone Marrow Registry and the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society as its official philanthropies at the 2008 Conclave. The Fraternity continues its efforts to spread awareness and encourage others to join the National Bone Marrow Registry and raise money to benefit research at the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. 

Be the Match logo

National Bone Marrow Registry Support

When their 10-year-old daughter Laura was diagnosed with leukemia, Robert (Bob) Graves , D.V.M. (Colorado State 53), and his wife, Sherry, were ready to do anything they could to save her. Desperate to save her life, they turned to alternative treatment options. They agreed to try the first ever bone marrow transplant for a leukemia patient from an unrelated donor.

Laura received her transplant in 1979. And it worked. The success of the treatment inspired the Graves to give other families the same hope for a cure. Thanks to Dr. Graves, other patient families, doctors, congressional support and funding from the U.S. Navy, a national registry of volunteers willing to donate bone marrow was born.

The National Marrow Donor Program has evolved to become Be the Match: The National Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Since its founding in 1987, Be the Match efforts resulted in 115,000 transplants, with 6,649 transplants in 2021 alone. There are over 225 ongoing research studies and clinical trials supported by Be The Match. Financial assistance was provided to 2,602 patients in need of treatment, totaling $6.1 million in support last year. And most importantly, despite the limitations of a COVID-impacted world, in 2021, 300,000 new potential donors were added to the Registry, of which 33 percent were racially and ethnically diverse. What started as a select, disconnected, few donors, in files in the Graves family basement, today is a Registry of over 9 million potential donors in the United States and 39 million potential donors worldwide. Read the full version of this story in a 2015 issue of Pearls & Rubies.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society logo

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Support

At the 2008 Conclave, at the request of then undergraduate brother, John Romine (Purdue 05), FarmHouse adopted Leukemia-Lymphoma Society (LLS) as one of its national philanthropies. John, who, at the time was undergoing treatments for Hodgkins’ Lymphoma knew it was time to adopt a national organization to benefit from the service of FarmHouse men. Romine passed away from the disease in December 2008.

Today, Farmhouse mend across the country host events to raise money for LLS and register potential bone marrow donors.  You can apply for a grant to host an event on your campus at the link below.

About US

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) is at the forefront of the fight to cure blood cancer. We are the largest nonprofit dedicated to creating a world without blood cancers. Since 1949, we’ve invested nearly $1.3 billion in groundbreaking research, pioneering many of today’s most innovative approaches. LLS has helped to advance 85% of the blood cancer treatment options approved by the FDA since 2017.

About Light The Night

Light The Night is an inspirational evening event benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) funding of research to find blood cancer cures. Light The Night brings communities together to celebrate those who are fighting the disease and to honor those we have lost.

Each year friends, families and co-workers form teams to raise money in support of our mission. In the fall, these team and their communities Light The Night at our walks where we gather together to celebrate, honor and remember those touched by cancer.

Each walker carries an iconic Light The Night illuminated lantern. White lanterns are carried by survivors and patients, red lanterns are carried in support of patients and finding cures, and gold lanterns are carried in remembrance of those we have lost. We will be a LIGHT in the darkness.

About Big Climb

Big Climb is more than a stair climb – it’s an inspiring, fun and motivating experience. Participants challenge themselves to climb to the top of iconic buildings and fundraise to support the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. STEP UP to take cancer down.