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BCF balloons.jpgThanks once again to Burlington Coat Factory, as it continues to break records each year in its campaign to support LLS. Burlington Coat Factory just completed its fall campaign encouraging its customers to purchase paper balloon icons as a donation to support lifesaving blood cancer research and patient services, raising close to $3.4 million.


With this unprecedented effort, Burlington Coat Factory, LLS’s #1 National Corporate Light The Night® Walk partner, has now raised more than $16 million to support LLS initiatives during the 11 years it has been supporting this campaign.


“The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is extremely grateful to Burlington Coat Factory, its employees and customers, who are helping to make a difference in the lives of so many patients and their families through this initiative,” said John Walter, LLS president and CEO. “It is thanks to the generosity of partners such as Burlington Coat Factory that LLS continues to be able to help advance blood cancer therapies and quality of life improvements for blood cancer patients.”


In addition to the balloon icon program, Burlington Coat Factory associates participated in Light The Night Walks throughout the country. Light The Night Walk is LLS’s evening walk campaign held in communities across the country each fall to honor and commemorate lives touched by cancer and raise funds to support blood cancer research and help patient and their families.


“A strong commitment to community has long been a part of Burlington Coat Factory’s heritage. Thanks to the generosity of our customers and the dedication of our associates, we are delighted to have been able to make such a significant contribution to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said Thomas Kingsbury, president and chief executive officer. “From in-store sales of our iconic paper balloons to nationwide employee participation in Light the Night Walk’s, we are honored to help make a difference in the lives of those affected by blood cancers.”

It's that time of year again to honor survivors, supporters and remember those touched by blood cancers.


Thank you for your participation in the Light The Night Walks. Without your support and dedication, many blood cancer patients would not be getting the treatments they do.


For years The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has been funding incredibly promising programs that have produced many of the advanced blood cancer therapies used today.


LLS always looked to "someday" as being the point at which we would find therapies that significantly change the way patients live with blood cancers. But as time progresses, so does our research. We are even closer to cures and using our discoveries to save the lives of blood cancer patients every day. The someday I mentioned earlier, is today.


While our research success results in lives saved, we still need to continue pushing and striving to reach our goal of blood cancer cures. That's why we need you to continue fundraising.


The walks may be over but our steadfast advancement to end blood cancers for good, continues.


Thank you,


John E. Walter

President & CEO

TNT_NYC.jpgAs this article from The New York Times depicts, thousands of runners who had planned to take part in the New York City Marathon redirected their energy to helping the victims of Super Storm Sandy. Among those were more than 150 participants of LLS’s Team In Training (TNT). One of these, Amy Sitar, a long time TNT coach from Brooklyn was instrumental in planning the day - getting the word out, organizing the plan, and splitting the group into teams of five who canvassed the neighborhood to help.  Another, Michael Flegar, on his TNT page describes the transition from the last days of preparing for the marathon, to the realization that the marathon will not take place, to stepping into action to help with the cleanup. Flegar states: “Today, instead of running 26.2 miles or cheering on thousands of athletes, 150 members of NYC’s Team In Training chapters trekked out to Staten Island to help in the recovery and cleanup after Hurricane Sandy. Today, we made a difference. And that's all we can hope to do.”


Some of the photos from the TNT cleanup effort are posted at this Facebook page.

jobsonturner.jpgTed Turner, who skippered the winning boat Courageous in the 1977 America's Cup and went on to become a successful business magnate, joined Leukemia Cup Regatta national chair Gary Jobson at the San Francisco Leukemia Cup Regatta October 19-21.  Jobson served as the tactician on Courageous and is a long-time sailing broadcaster and lecturer.  Turner shared memories of his business and sailing adventures at the Leukemia Cup dinner and sailed aboard a classic yacht. 


To date, over $850,000 was raised at the San Francisco Leukemia Cup, the most for a Leukemia Cup in calendar year 2012.  Jobson has served as the Leukemia Cup national chair since 1993 and is a lymphoma survivor. 


Nearly 20 participants at the San Francisco event qualified for the Fantasy Sail With Gary Jobson, which will take place in New Orleans December 7-9.  Sailors who raise $8,500 or more by November 1 can participate in the Fantasy Sail.  For more information about the Leukemia Cup Regatta and the Fantasy Sail, visit www.leukemiacup.org

When Jeff Blatnick won the Olympic gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1984 summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, it was a triumph on a number of fronts.  Jeff was the first American to win a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling, an Olympic competition that dates back to 1895.   Jeff’s Olympic win was also a celebration of his battle against Hodgkin lymphoma; he was diagnosed in 1982 and resumed full-bore training for the Olympics after going into remission.


Right after Jeff won the gold medal, he accepted an invitation to join our volunteer team and made numerous appearances at Leukemia & Lymphoma Society events.  At one such event in New York City, high-level executives at a major financial organization were moved by his remarks and jumped at the chance to touch Jeff’s medal and pose for pictures.


Jeff Blatnick was an inspiration to cancer patients and he communicated regularly with them around his business and family commitments.  These memories of Jeff came flowing back after the news came on October 24 of his passing.  We extend our deepest sympathies to Jeff’s families and friends, and will continue our relentless drive for cures.

miranda.jpgActress and singer-songwriter Miranda Cosgrove was a bit hit with the kids Saturday night at LLS’s Light The Night Walk at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, CA.


Miranda is LLS’s National Ambassador for its 2012 Light The Night® Walks and appears in a public service announcement asking us to imagine a world without blood cancer and to join walks all across the country to push for breakthroughs in new and more effective treatments.


Her participation in the walk was covered in Variety.com.

hero.jpgMeet Christie Perkins, one of the Heroes of the HERO-THON Half Marathon Powered by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


Christie has completed marathons and triathlons. But her training now for a half-marathon distance seems completely different. Perkins just had a baby, and her biggest challenge is her new body.


“The changes in my body since my daughter was born make me feel as if I’m a beginner again,” Perkins said. Perkins became a runner when she joined The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training in 2008 and took on the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. The HERO-THON will be her first post-baby event.


“A half-marathon is the perfect distance to get me back into shape,” she said. “And it’s not so exhausting to train for – which leaves me plenty of time to focus on my family. Especially since I take my daughter out in the jogging stroller for many of my shorter runs.  I’m looking forward to crossing the finish line and seeing my husband and little girl waiting with a sign that says ‘Go Mommy,’ wearing a big, proud smile,” she said.


Perkins isn’t alone in her feelings about the half-marathon. Runners nationwide have made the half-marathon --13.1 miles -- the fastest growing of any endurance sport. The number of people who ran one last year (1.6 million) has tripled from the year 2000.


To learn more about the race or to register, visit http://www.herothonlls.com/.

lls_bcf_img.jpgEleven years ago, the national off price retailer, Burlington Coat Factory initiated support for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk by selling paper balloons at each of its locations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Since that time, incredibly generous customers and thousands of dedicated Burlington associates have raised over $15 million in support of our efforts to beat cancer.


This year alone, the goal is to raise $3.2 million; one dollar at a time.


With only a few weeks remaining in the 2012 balloon sales campaign (ending on October 29th), we encourage you to visit your local Burlington Coat Factory today and be part of this historical outpouring of support from our largest corporate partner by donating a dollar or more at check-out.


Burlington Coat Factory is a shining example of the enormous impact that can be made on our mission when a company builds a long-standing partnership with LLS.


Please show your support by shopping at Burlington.

TyMilburn.jpgMarie Zamor is a 31 year old Rockland County, NY resident with a goal. At 448 lbs, Marie is significantly overweight, and several months ago, started coming to On 1 Studios in Rockland in desperate need of help. Now the club’s owner, Muriel Lozon, who has designed a weight loss program called “Take It Off” has taken Marie, not only under her wing, but into her home. Marie will live with Muriel for the entire month of October during which time they will be working the program, with a goal of helping her successfully lose weight. To assist and encourage Marie in attaining her goal, the club is conducting a fundraising program and seeking sponsors to donate $1 per pound lost.  All donations will go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to support blood cancer research and patient services. Donations to LLS can be made online in Marie Zamor’s honor.


Photo: left to right: Muriel Lozon; Ty Milburn, News 12; Marie Zamor

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Remembering Families too…

Posted by kriegell Sep 19, 2012

Aaron and brett keisel 2.jpgAaron Jones was 7 when he was diagnosed with leukemia. He battled valiantly for three years but tragically lost his life to the disease on June 28, 2012. During his cancer journey Aaron spent many of his days at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. While there, he had the thrill of meeting several of his heroes from the Pittsburgh Steelers, including Troy Polamalu and Brett Keisel. Aaron got so sick so quickly that he never got the chance to attend a Steelers game, but in August the Steelers organization and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society teamed up to invite his family – mom, dad and two brothers - to attend a game.


“It has been hard since we lost Aaron; Our house is so empty without his laughs,” his mother, Shelly Jackson said. “Thank you for remembering the families, too, whether they are still in treatment or cured or passed on to heaven. It meant a lot to us but I think I was the only one who cried at the Steeler game that night.”


**Pictured right: Brett Keisel and Aaron Jones**

To celebrate the midpoint of its fundraising campaign on behalf of LLS, Burlington Coat Factory will hold special events the week of September 10 at stores across the country. Staff from LLS will be on hand to present awards to the stores, and will set up tables to encourage customers to sign up for its Light The Night® Walk.The campaign, a company-wide initiative to encourage customers to purchase paper balloon icons to help LLS fund cancer research and patient services, is already well ahead of where it was last year at this point – by more than 40 percent! Burlington Coat Factory’s campaign began in July and runs through October 29th at its more than 482 locations in 44 states and Puerto Rico. Burlington Coat Factory has raised more than $13 million through over a decade through this partnership. Visit your local store today and join in the fun!

lls_macys_img_sidebar.gifIt's time to shop; but this time, shop for a cause.


Macy's is partnering with LLS by offering 25% off for shoppers with the $5.00 purchase of a Macy's shopping pass for Saturday, August 25, 2012.


Anyone with a $5.00 Macy's pass can shop at any Macy's and get 25% off all purchases including regular, sale and clearance items (10% off electronics, watches, furniture and mattresses).


Not a bad way to shop especially with back to school coming up!


100% of the shopping pass proceeds will help fund lifesaving cancer research plus you get a chance to win a $500 Macy's Gift Card!


Don't wait until the last minute. Go online now and purchase a $5.00 pass ($5.00 is the minimum donation but feel free to donate more)! The passes can only be used in-store and not online.


It's programs like this, people like you and the generosity of companies like Macy's that enable LLS to be able to fund the cancer research that saves lives every day.


You can purchase your passes here.


Happy Shopping!

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It's not too late to start fundraising to qualify for The Light The Night Dining Rewards Program!


Between July 1, 2012 and August 31, 2012 the more your raise online ($250 or more), the more you will be rewarded with redeemable dinner codes through restaurant.com. Raise more, eat more!


Start fundraising now! Your diner's getting cold!


Find out more about The Light The Night Walk Dining Rewards Program.

Luigi Larai, 37-year-old recently diagnosed leukemia patient, is taking his awareness and fundraising campaign on the road with a 35-day bicycle journey from Washington D.C. to Vancouver. Larai is taking a hiatus from his job at the World Bank in downtown DC to make time for his journey, cycling 150 miles a day, and crossing through 13 states. He will be blogging daily about his experience. His trip began July 26 from the Italian Embassy in D.C. He has set a goal of raising $10,000 to support cancer research and patient services by directing supporters to his Light The Night Walk page.

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