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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's mission (formerly the Leukemia Society of America) is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
In August, 1944, 16-year-old Robbie deVilliers was diagnosed with acute leukemia. His doctors at New York Hospital had done all they could. There was no effective treatment; not even a clear idea of the cause. One thing the doctors did know: leukemia killed quickly, brutally, and inevitably. Robbie died in October, just three months after his diagnosis.As a memorial to his brief life, his parents established a foundation to support scientific research into their son's disorder. This was the precursor of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Fast forward to 2000. More than 80 percent of youngsters diagnosed with the most common form of childhood leukemia now survive. However, the fight is not yet close to being over. In 2000, an estimated 107,000 Americans will have been diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease or myeloma. Patients, researchers and physicians dare to focus on cures rather than remissions. Half a century of research funding, patient support and education has made The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society the driving force in the effort to eradicate these diseases. The journey from ignorance to knowledge, from helplessness to action, from despair to hope in the battle against leukemia: This is Robbie deVillier's legacy.
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