The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is kicking off Blood Cancer Awareness Month in September with its flagship fundraising events to remind everyone that despite progress, more work is needed to eradicate blood cancers.
Over 13 million people participated in last year’s LLS fundraising campaigns – including the popular Team in Training, Light the Night, Man & Woman of the Year, Student Series and Leukemia Cup Regatta (a brief description of each of these events is available here). Together, these fundraisers allowed the organization to invest more than $1 billion in research to advance treatments and search for a cure for blood cancers.
It is estimated that 1.2 million Americans live with or in remission from a blood cancer. LLS is one of the world’s largest nonprofits working to find cures and ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients and relies on fundraisers to generate funds for its mission – to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.
“LLS offers a variety of ways to participate,” LLS president and CEO Louis DeGennaro, PhD, said in a press release. “Whether you turn training into treatment with Team In Training, raise your lantern in one of our almost 200 Light The Night Walks across the country, or join the millions of students in more than 25,000 schools across the country donating change in our Student Series campaign, everyone can make a difference and help LLS change the landscape of cancer.”
Those who participate in LLS campaigns are all contributing to make an impact on the lives of cancer patients, as LLS is leading the charge in exploring new paths to cures and treatments because of these events. Nearly 300 groundbreaking research projects are underway, several of them in immunotherapy and personalized medicine. In addition to finding cures for blood cancers, many treatments LLS has helped fund are now helping patients with other cancers and chronic diseases.
“As there are no means of preventing or screening for most blood cancers, LLS is focused on finding cures,” DeGennaro said. “We encourage everyone to help us raise awareness of blood cancer this month. Together, we can create a world without blood cancers.”
To learn more about the nonprofit LLS and its work you can visit the LLS official website.