Only lung and gastrointestinal cancers take more lives in the US each year. But, less than 1 in 10 new cancer diagnoses will be a blood cancer. And, there are many rare sub-types of leukemia’s, lymphomas and myelomas. Without donations from people like you, research into treatments would not be possible.
Since LLS began investing in research in 1949, the 5-year survival rate for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia has improved from 5% to approximately 90%. Despite this improvement, leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children, adolescents, and young adults.
Of 67 drugs newly FDA-approved as cancer treatments in the years 2000-2012, 28 (42%) were first approved as treatments for blood cancer patients. 1/4 (225) of more than 900 new cancer treatments in clinical testing by companies (as of June 2012) were tested as treatments for blood cancer patients. These treatments include Chemotherapy, Bone Marrow Transplants, and molecular targeting.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the largest voluntary cancer research agency specifically focused on finding cures and better treatments for blood cancer patients. With the scope and scale to fund many projects at the same time, LLS supports hundreds of cancer scientists around the world.
Unlike commercial enterprises that consider blood cancers as “orphan diseases” with small markets and limited profit potential, LLS funds research based on medical need without regard to commercial return or market size. Every dollar invested comes from charitable support from concerned donors.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year (MWOY) campaign is a fundraising competition in communities across the U.S. in which participants vie for the title of Man or Woman of the Year. They raise funds for blood cancer research in honor of local children who are blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year. The titles are awarded to the men and women in each community who raise the most funds during the ten-week campaign; the top local fundraisers in the country also win the national titles.
Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic, passionate candidates engage in a spirited competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Man & Woman of the Year” titles, by raising funds for blood cancer research. The candidates compete in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year. Every dollar counts as one vote, and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of ten weeks; the top local fundraisers in the country win the national titles.
Dr. Field is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeon. Dr. Field has specialized training in minimally invasive spine surgery and motion sparing technologies, such as cervical and lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement, as well as non-fusion stabilization. In addition he has extensive training in adult deformity correction and treatment.
Brody was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) when she was 3 1/2 years old. She bravely soldiered on through 5 phases and 2 1/2 years of chemotherapy and treatment at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Hanna was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 2016. There is no way we could endure the pain and sickness she has. She does it with a smile on her face and a sprit and personality like no other. Hanna is “Our Little Warrior”!