September Is National Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month

September Is National Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month

‘Light The Night’ Walks Help Build Awareness, Raise Funds


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Hollywood and Kendall, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 14, 2004–September marks the annual observance of Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month, a time to honor and commemorate people whose lives have been touched by cancers, to help find cures for blood cancers – leukemia, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin disease and myeloma, and improve the lives of patients.

The need is critical: Every five minutes, someone in America is diagnosed with blood cancer – more than 300 people a day. Every nine minutes, someone dies from one of these diseases. Over 617,000 people are currently battling blood cancers in the US alone.

“We’ve made incredible progress in fighting blood cancers,” said Ariane Miller-Ice, Executive Director of the Southern Florida Chapter. “But there are still so many people who need our help.”

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. More than 76 percent of funds raised by The Society are used to advance its mission.

‘Light The Night’, The Society’s annual evening walk to support blood cancer research and patient services, will be held on October 2nd at Baptist Hospital in Kendall and on October 9th at Hollywood North Beach Park in Hollywood. The walk festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. for both walk sites. Individuals and teams will walk a 2-3 mile route through the community. Each walker will also raise funds to benefit The Society in conjunction with the walk. Participants who raise more than $25 will carry gently-lit balloons – white for survivors and red for supporters. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to honor loved ones by placing their names on special dedication banners.

For additional information on ‘Light The Night’, or to register, contact the Southern Florida Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at (954) 961-3234 or visit http://www.lightthenight.org.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (R), based in White Plans, NY, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The Society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (R), based in White Plans, NY, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The Society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the society has provided more that $360 million for research specifically targeting blood cancers. For additional information, please contact the Society at (800) 955-4572 or visit http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org.

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CONTACT:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Sheri Markus

(954) 961-3237/(305) 937-7444

September Is National Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month