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LLS Statement on Anti-Asian Violence and Discrimination

By Louis DeGennaro, PhD, LLS President and CEO

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society condemns violence and discrimination against members of the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community, which has intensified because of the pandemic and misinformation about how COVID-19 spreads.

As an organization committed to scientific research, advocacy, education, and support, we must fight injustice and racism with the same urgency as we fight blood cancers. We can only accomplish our work to alleviate healthcare disparities if we fight inequity in all its forms.

I encourage our community of researchers, volunteers, philanthropists, advocates, healthcare professionals, and nonprofit leaders to speak out against injustice and to share accurate information about COVID-19 and how it spreads. 

Leaders from our Asian American Employee Forum have come together with leaders across other Employee Resource Groups to provide our employees with resources for allyship and ways to fight discrimination. We will continue to educate ourselves, engage in difficult conversations, and hold ourselves and each other accountable.

Our backgrounds, identities, abilities, and experiences are our greatest sources of creativity and innovation as we work together to create a more equitable world without blood cancer.