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 Students of the Year is a seven-week philanthropic leadership development program during which students foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management in order to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world’s largest nonprofit fighting blood cancer. The title Student(s) of the Year is awarded to the candidate or co-candidates in each community who raises the most funds during the competition.
Coast to Coast Cures Student of the Year (SOY) team consists of: Sammy Field, Lauren Yeung, and Ella Vitti. Together their goal is to raise $100,000 to support the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!
Lily (sometimes called “Lily Panda”) is a precocious, spunky, and kindhearted toddler. She loves music, art, Disney, her family, and school. She wants to be a doctor and a mom when she is an “adult.”
The day before Thanksgiving 2016, Lindsey and John Gray’s then two-year-old daughter, Lily, was diagnosed with leukemia. As of February 2019, after two-and-a-half-years of treatment, Lily has been off treatment and her numbers have remained normal.
The Gray family feels fortunate to be able to provide for Lily’s healthcare from good doctors, but it’s still going to be a multi-year struggle. After Lily kicks cancer’s butt, we know she’ll move on to great things!
Throughout her courageous journey, the Gray family had the opportunity to see Lily fight firsthand and to learn that she’s far from alone: millions of others have fought or are fighting blood cancers, many of them children. That’s why they continue to fight to raise money for cancer research and support; so that one day, we can have a world without cancer.
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.