The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) kicked off Blood Cancer Awareness Month. One of our goals for September is to create a keen awareness of the critical needs so many patients have for therapies that can save their lives not someday, but today.

Since its beginning, LLS has focused on finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for all blood cancer patients. We have one goal: A world without blood cancers.

With that goal comes our responsibility as the voice for all blood patients to disseminate crucial information about treatments and access.

The results of our national consumer survey point to knowledge gaps that we aim to address with our education efforts, so that we can continue to fund our mission:

82% of adults were surprised to learn more than 1 million US adults are living with a blood cancer.
76% of adults did not know LLS funds promising cancer therapies.
87% of adults were surprised to learn about every 4 minutes someone in the US is diagnosed with a blood cancer.
Knowing the facts is important in deciding where to give your charity dollars. To learn more about Blood Cancer Awareness Month click here.

Where does the $$ you raise go??

18,300 patients received LLS Co-Pay Assistance in FY13
More than $41.2 million dollars were disbursed in FY13

Again… My mother battled cancer for 6 1/2 years. Someone out there in the world ran a marathon(s) for her treatment. My Sissy battled cancer for 2 years. Someone out there in the world completed a triathlon for her co-pay.

In about two weeks, I will complete the triple crown – a marathon, a triathlon and a century ride – so that someone I will probably never meet will be able to get their treatment… or hopefully a cure. That person is just as important as the loved ones that cancer stole from me.

I was watching Good Morning America today and was brought to tears by Mandisa’s new song that was debuted. The video was so powerful. Here are the lyrics:

Staring at a stop sign
Watching people drive by
T Mac on the radio
Got so much on your mind
Nothing’s really going right
Looking for a ray of hope

Whatever it is you may be going through
I know He’s not gonna let it get the best of you

You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when He reminds You
That you’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer

Everybody’s been down
Hit the bottom, hit the ground
Oh, you’re not alone
Just take a breath, don’t forget
Hang on to His promises
He wants You to know

The same Man, the Great I am
The one who overcame death
Is living inside of You
So just hold tight, fix your eyes
On the one who holds your life
There’s nothing He can’t do
He’s telling You


Saturday is Momma’s birthday. I’m still not sure what I should be feeling. I know what I do feel.

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