Leukemia and Lymphoma Advocacy Roundup

Leukemia and Lymphoma Support

Do you know why those marathon runners are wearing purple? Or how about the bright green wrist bands or glowing lanterns? Or the green and purple awareness ribbon you see on profile pics and car bumpers? Start here to get a handle on some of the key players and causes supporting blood cancer awareness and advocacy.

What Does The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Do?


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to finding cures for leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood cancers.

To date, LLS has invested more than $ 1 billion in research to advance therapies and save lives. LLS research grants have funded many of today’s most promising advances, including targeted therapies and immunotherapies.

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What is Team In Training?

A photo courtesy of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Team In Training Event.

Whether you want a supercharged run, or even if walking is more your speed, you can help The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with its one goal: a world without blood cancers.

Why an Endurance Charity Program? Endurance training programs prepare you for your event while raising money for a charity. You can find a program for a huge variety of causes, including cancer research, help for disabled veterans, education for disadvantaged groups and more.

The rewards are many. On one level, you get to help develop your own stamina, but you also get to attach your event to something bigger, to make your run count for more than you even thought possible.

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What is Light The Night Walk?

A photo courtesy of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Light The Night Walk.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society lights up the night when the sun goes down each fall. With its food tents, community, and a bright show of unity, it's more than a charity walk.

Across North America, Light The Night Walk  inspires and illuminates. Uniting communities, families, and survivors, Light The Night honors those who have been touched by blood cancers, and keeps the light shining brightly on the importance of finding cures. During the Walk, people carry illuminated lanterns in three colors: survivors carry white lanterns; supporters carry red lanterns; and gold ones are carried by walkers who are walking in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.

Have you registered for your local walk? To learn more about how you can participate, visit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night at http://www.lightthenight.org..

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Bone Marrow Donors Save Lives

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Don’t believe the myths. Something you’ve got could save a person in ways doctors and modern medicines, alone, cannot.

Every four minutes in the United States someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia or lymphoma. For thousands of them, blood and bone marrow stem cell transplants can be a second chance at life. Here, two big misconceptions about being a donor are examined.

Myth 1: Individual Donors Don’t Really Make a Difference

Fact: Your willingness to become a donor gives people hope for life. A transplant may be someone’s only hope for a cure. Your help does matter, and you could be the perfect match. Close relatives, especially brothers and sisters, are more likely than unrelated people to match, but most people do not have a match in their family.

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