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.
Approximately 40% of new cancer therapies approved by the FDA between 2000 and 2017 were first approved for blood cancer patients and many are now helping patients with other serious diseases. 25% of more than 900 new cancer treatments in clinical testing by companies (as of June 2012) were first tested as treatments for blood cancer patients. These treatments include Chemotherapy, Bone Marrow Transplants, Molecular Targeting, and the first-ever FDA approved gene-therapy (Car-T).
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 and was the first-ever non-profit to be awarded a Master Trial (Beat-AML).
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 (LLS) Man & Woman of the Year campaign is a 10-week philanthropic competition for leaders in local communities across the United States.
Candidates and their teammates raise funds for LLS in honor of local blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year. The title “Man or Woman of the Year” is awarded to the candidate whose team raises the most funds during the competition. The top man & woman candidate in the country are awarded with the national title.
Arizona Man and Woman of the Year Campaign is THRILLED to announce our 2022 Boy and Girl of the Year, Ryan and Zoe!
Ryan was diagnosed with Low-Risk ALL and Zoe was diagnosed with High-Risk ALL in 2019, and after two long years, they will both end treatment within the next 7 months! Ryan loves making new friends and eating lots of pizza, and Zoe enjoys making crafts and watching movies
These amazing kids and their families will be sharing their resilient journeys with our candidates, leadership team members, and sponsors as we celebrate ten years of impact through Man and Woman of the Year here in Arizona.