September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month
September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month - a focused time for advocates and supporters of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to raise awareness both locally and nationally about our efforts to fight blood cancers including leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin's disease.
So what's happening locally with Blood Cancer Awareness Month?
- Honoring local leaders for raising awareness - LLS is honoring four local leaders with national media awards in September: Charlie Schlatter, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Lila Javan/Climb to Cure, and TBS/TNT Networks. Click each honoree to see the corresponding press release.
- Turn It Red Campaign - Throughout the month, local icons will "Turn it Red" in honor of Blood Cancer Awareness Month including the crown on the US Bank Tower (9/14), LAX Airport Pylons (9/14 – 15), and the Santa Monica Ferris Wheel (9/15). Read more
- Social Media - Throughout the month, LLS social media will highlight our cause and our impact in fighting blood cancers. We encourage our advocates and supporters to join in to help us reach as many people as possible. Be sure to tag your social posts with #FightBloodCancer.
Why is this important?
- Every 3 minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer; more than 1.3 million Americans are living with or in remission from a blood cancer.
- Although they are the 3rd leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., many people don't know the impact of the blood cancers - leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
- LLS has invested more than $1.2 billion in cancer research, with groundbreaking results. We are leaders in advancing breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine. These revolutionary new treatments are powering our efforts to attack cancer from every angle.
- Despite our progress, more than 1/3 of blood cancer patients still do not survive five years after diagnosis.
- There's more work to be done and we will keep fighting to create a world without blood cancers.
The California Southland Chapter, headquartered in Los Angeles, empowers community members to help beat cancer through Light The Night, Man & Woman of the Year, Students of the Year, Team in Training, and Pennies for Patients. We also offer patient and health care professional education opportunities, local support groups and a variety of volunteer opportunities. To learn more, please visit www.lls.org/california-southland or call 310-342-5800.