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The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has presented its Top National Fundraising Award to Security Service Federal Credit Union.
The award recognized the credit union's employees in Utah, Texas and Colorado, who collectively raised $191,000 for the society in its 2011 "Light the Night" walk.
The contribution will help fund a grant awarded by the society to Steffan Nawrocki at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio to conduct research focused on multiple myeloma, the second most common blood cancer in adults.
Security Service, which counts itself as the eighth-largest credit union in the U.S, with more than 800,000 members and assets of more than $6 billion, entered Utah in December 2010 when it acquired the troubled Beehive Credit Union. It followed that acquisition several months later by taking over the Orem-based Family First Credit Union.
The San Antonio-based Security Service has made significant contributions to the society in the past through volunteer efforts and funding by its employees. Over the past 11 years, the credit union has contributed more than $700,000 for blood cancer research.