Saturday, March 19, 2011

Can you help?

 I'm not the type to ask favors of people very often, but I'm going to make an exception today.

Two months ago my cousin Sarah died from complications of Lymphoma. Only nine weeks passed from the time I found out she was sick to the time she suddenly passed away. To say the least, it was a shock.

 As a result, my sister is now training to run a half marathon in Sarah's honor for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Her goal is to raise $4500 for LLS, and I'm helping her out by doing some of the leg work (haha no pun intended) for her fundraising.

Now for the favor. If you could take a minute and visit her fundraising page and make a donation at

 I would really appreciate it. Donations are 100% tax-deductible.

What Will My Donation Do?

Encourage scientists to pursue blood cancer research. Grants to young scientists help grow research talent even as federal research funding becomes increasingly limited.

Develop "targeted therapies" that kill cancer cells selectively. By hitting specific molecular targets, these treatments don't harm patients' healthy cells, resulting in fewer dangerous side effects.

Test immunotherapies. Immunotherapies strengthen a patient's own immune system so it can better fight infections and attack cancer cells, reducing the need for damaging chemotherapy.

Improve the safety of today's cures. LLS funds research to predict, manage and prevent complications in patients most at risk for long-term and late effects of treatment.

Help patients and their families make informed decisions. LLS supplies information and counseling to help guide patients through their cancer journey and access current treatment and clinical trial options.

Provide financial aid and co-pay assistance. A cancer diagnosis is hard enough without having to deal with its financial burden. We provide programs to help relieve the economic strain of a blood cancer diagnosis.

Offer community services. Among the wide array of programs LLS provides are those that link newly diagnosed patients with trained volunteers and that help young cancer patients return to school after an absence resulting from treatment.

Encourage our state and federal legislators to support blood cancer issues. With your help, LLS brings to the attention of lawmakers the urgent need for increased government funding and support of research and patient access to affordable treatment and quality care.

For more information on LLS visit their website here


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