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Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) was founded in 1949 by Rudolph and Antionette de Villiers after the loss of their 16 year-old son to leukemia. At that time, most leukemia patients died within three months of diagnosis. The de Villiers believed that leukemia and other blood cancers could be cured with proper research funding and public education.
The organization continues to work towards the de Villiers family’s original vision. Since its founding, LLS has awarded over $1 billion in research funding while providing information and support to scores of patients and their families.
LLS provides education for patients, healthcare providers and the public about blood cancers and treatment. This includes community programs on specific diagnoses, treatment options, survivorship and transitioning children with cancer back to school. Through our School & Youth program, we provide a curriculum that highlights volunteerism, health and science for grades K-12. LLS understands the financial stress a cancer diagnosis can place on a patient and his or her family, so we offer financial aid and co-pay assistance. In addition, LLS provides ongoing emotional support to patients through our First Connection program and by facilitating Family Support Groups in the communities we serve. We participate in public health events and advocate on matters that impact the well-being of blood cancer patients.
LLS currently funds hundreds of research projects around the world. The organization’s commitment to cutting-edge science has contributed to an unprecedented rise in the survival rates of some people with blood cancers. The relative five-year survival rate of people with leukemia, for example, has nearly quadrupled in the last 48 years. LLS has a significant role in the development of targeted therapies and has partnered with Nobel prize winning scientists throughout its history.
All of these activities are supported by our signature fundraising campaigns: Team in Training, Light the Night, Man & Woman of the Year and School & Youth.
For more information about the Gateway Chapter, please visit our webpage at www.lls.org/gat
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