The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
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Hundreds of thousands of people diagnosed with blood cancer are today living normal, productive lives. They are on the threshold of amazing breakthroughs. Donations accelerate miraculous new treatments and healing therapies once thought impossible. And with their co-pay and insurance assistance, many patients can now afford the medications they need.
Mission and Goals
The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
Their Key Priorities will ensure that: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society helps blood cancer patients live better, longer lives.
Advance the diagnosis and treatment of blood cancers through continued funding of academic research, the therapy acceleration program and other special initiatives Proactively establish a research agenda and direct a portion of research spending to specific areas of unmet medical need for leukemia, lymphoma & myeloma Participate directly in blood cancer therapy development by expanding research beyond academic collaborations and biotech partnerships to include pharmaceutical companies and/or venture capitalists
Develop a services agenda for patients and their families to address their information and support needs Inform blood cancer patients and improve access to the latest individual therapy options and blood cancer clinical trials LLS is the key source of information and services for patients throughout their cancer journey - See more at: http://www.lls.org/#/aboutlls/mission/
acute lymphoblastic leukemia survivor
in remission since: currently in remission
Brave since birth Kimie Metcalf has been challenged ever since birth. She is the surviving identical twin of a preterm pregnancy. She spent 65 days in the neonatal intensive care unit. She battled and survived a hole in her heart, a grade III brain bleed, multiple eye surgeries and has total body involvement Cerebral Palsy. Kimie was four years old and getting ready to mainstream into kindergarten when she went for a routine blood test. The lab tech noticed her white blood cells didn't look normal. read full story Kimie had no signs or symptoms of a child with leukemia - she wasn't pale, she had tons of energy, never complained of pain and didn't have a single bruise. Despite that, it turned out after further tests that she did have acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Within the first month of treatment, Kimie's cancer was in remission. She hasn't had any life-threatening illnesses or complications since. Today, Kimie enjoys life to its fullest. She enjoys playing with her big brother, Reese, riding her quad, swimming and traveling. She also does public appearances for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and her own Team Kimie fundraising events. She's been on TV, on the radio, in the newspaper, and is in the 2012 childhood cancer foundations (CCF) calendar. - See more at: http://www.lls.org/#/somedayistoday/someday_people/kimie/