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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Provides $20,000 Grant to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Grant Will Fund National Capital Area Chapter's Patient Services and Educational Programs

March 2, 2011- The National Capital Area Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) today announced they are the recipient of a $20,000 grant from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to assist with their patient and professional education programs. The National Capital Area Chapter serves more than 2,500 patients and their families each year in the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George's County, and Northern Virginia.

"We are incerdibly grateful to CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield for their support of our patient services and educational programs," said Donna McKelvey, National Capital Area Chapter Executive Director. "Improving the quality of life of our patients and their families is an important part of the LLS mission. Each program we are able to provide helps to educate our patients about their illness and treatment options, and what to expect along the way."

Patient programs funded by the grant include Care For The Caregiver, focused primarily on the older adult population and New Directions for Blood Cancer Therapies, a program designed to educate patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals about the role of clinical trials in the advancement of treatment for blood cancers. Additionally, the grant will serve to fund the annual Back To School Conference which seeks to educate school and healthcare professionals, along with parents, about the cognitive and late effects of childhood cancer treatment in order to improve the transition of childhood cancer survivors from the hospital to the classroom.

"We believe that the best possible care outcomes are the result of thoughtful and attentive care coordination," said Maria Harris Tildon, CareFirst Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Community Affairs. "CareFirst's support for organizations such as The Leukemia &Lymphoma Society improve the coordination process and bring patients closer to the support they need."

For a complete list of patient services programs offered by the National Capital Area Chapter, and how to get involved, please visit or call (703) 399-2900.

About CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

In its 74th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit halth care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to nearly 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. Through its CareFirst Commitment initiative and other public mission activities, CareFirst supports efforts to increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its service areas. To learn more about CareFisrt BlueCross BlueShield, visit or follow CareFirst news of Twitter:

last updated on Tuesday, April 24, 2012