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April 2011 Update:

Thanks to all who participated in this campaign by shopping at Gap, Inc. stores and/or promoting the coupon. Thanks to your efforts we generated nearly $500,000 to beat cancer! That's an amazing accomplishment and one that wouldn't have happened without your support. Go Team Give & Get for LLS!


For the last two years The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has teamed up with Gap, Inc. to bring a personal and philanthropic reward to our supporters.  Our partnership with Gap offers more than a nice opportunity to save on some great clothes – because a percentage of the proceeds benefits LLS, it underscores the importance of our mission to fight blood cancers.  Since 2009, we’ve raised nearly $3.4 million to fight blood cancers through this initiative!

These funds are helping children like, Ethan Potter, who has already spent much of his short life fighting a battle none of us ever wishes to face. 

February 18, 2009 marks a day that the Potter family will never forget: It was the day that Nancy Potter took her sons, Jonas (age 5) and Ethan (age 4) for their annual “wellness” appointment. The pediatrician noticed that Ethan looked a little paler than normal.  Thinking that he may be slightly anemic, she ran some quick tests.

“We had no idea that within 40 minutes of pricking his finger our lives would change drastically,” Nancy told us. “The doctor came back in the room and informed us that his platelets were so low that he was in danger of bleeding internally and that his white blood cell counts were the highest the office had ever seen.”

That’s when the Potter’s heard the word “leukemia” for the first time. Soon after, they learned that their precious four-year-old was battling Pre B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).

Nancy explained,

“My husband and I did not know very much about leukemia. We knew it was a form of blood cancer that was inside the bone marrow but not much else. At the advice of our caseworker…we turned to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help get a better understanding of this cancer.

It was there that we discovered that 30 years ago the survival rate of people diagnosed with leukemia was only 10%, but due to LLS and all of the money they have helped raised to find a cure, the survival rate for my son today is 90%.”


The Potter’s utilized some of LLS’s free recourses, brochures and DVDs to get a better understanding of the disease and share the information with their children.


The Potter family is a shining example of how funds raised through programs like Gap Give & Get benefit blood cancer patients today and will help progress treatment for those in the future.  Nancy gratefully told us, “Today, Ethan is doing fantastic and feels great. His treatment will last 3.5 years and he will be completely done September 2012.”

Join us in celebrating Ethan and his brave battle with cancer by taking part in the Gap Give & Get campaign on March 17-20.  Using this coupon, you will receive 30% off of your entire purchase, and 5% of the total sale will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to fund childhood cancer research.


Sharing this coupon with your friends and co-workers, will dramatically expand your impact.

With your help and support, we hope that one day soon children like Ethan won’t have to hear the word “leukemia” ever again.

Print your coupon and start shopping to help beat cancer.

The Team In Training Just Go For It Video Contest has come to a close.  With nearly fifty video entries and 14,000 votes, our first ever TNT video contest was a huge success! The race was close, but our break-through winner was none other than TNT participant, Lisa Strom!  With almost 2500 votes, her video Just Go For It 2011 helped her win the $500 Nike gift card grand prize!


As thLisa1.gife winner, we've asked Lisa to share her inspiration to join - and re-join - Team In Training.


My husband Travis and I relocated from Wisconsin to Northern California for his job back in 2009, shortly after we were married. A huge move coupled with starting a new life together presented many new adventures. We have always been active individuals, so when the opportunity to join Team In Training arised, it was a simple choice. Our main reason in joining was to show our support for our close friend Tony who is currently fighting Lymphoma. We now run for Tony and all the other individuals battling blood cancers.      Team in Training gave us the tools we needed to reach our goals both mentally and physically. Not only did we make some great friends along the way, we met individuals who are truly an inspiration to us.


Living life while helping to save lives, is something I truly believe in. What many don't know about me, and now do, is that I suffer from a "seizure disorder." Sometimes I have the fear of having an episode occur when I'm running, but having the support from my fellow TNT'ers and Travis has helped me realize that "I can do this," and I do it for those who can't.


I am truly thankful for the TNT San Fransico Bay Area Chapter and the Diablo Valley Run Team. This summer I am planning to train for either the Kauai or Nike Women's half marathon. Right now, we're working on helping the spring team by attending events and gathering donations for fellow runners. In the future, I would also like to do a TNT hike adventure!


Go Team!


- Lisa


Well said, Lisa!  Thanks to everyone who participated in the Just Go For It Video Contest! Here are the standings for the top five contestants:


Winner: Just Go For It 2011 by Lisa Strom (2364 Votes)

2nd Place: TNT Is DYNAMITE! by Pamela Kaupinen (2281 Votes)

3rd Place: Because YOU Can! by Tam Driscoll (2107 Votes)

4th Place: TnT: Just Go For It - 2011 by John Whitaker (1424 Votes)

5th Place: Just Go For It - TNT by Adam Webster (673 Votes)

Watch this clip of Lion King and Michael Jackson Tribute performer, Elijah J as his sings 'Do My Thang' and shares his story on why participating in Pennies for Patients is so important.




All across the country in more than 26,000 schools, kids like Elijah are showing their support for blood cancer patients and their families by participating in Pennies for Patients. A Leukemia & Lymphoma Society School & Youth program, the funds they raise help support life-saving cancer research.     


Follow Elijah's example -- make change, beat cancer -- together you make a difference!     


Visit www.schoolandyouth.org for more information on the School & Youth program. For information on blood cancer programs and services, visit www.lls.org.     

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and Hockey Fights Cancer™ (HFC) have teamed up to take on cancer.  See what some of the NHL's top stars have to say in this video:



Hockey Fights Cancer™ is a joint initiative of the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association and is committed to raising money and awareness for hockey's most important fight. Throughout the 2010-11 season, NHL players and the League are joining forces to support Hockey Fights Cancer™ and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


During the month of October, each team will host a Hockey Fights Cancer™  Awareness Night during a select home game.  And  throughout the season, fans are encouraged to support the fight against cancer by getting out their mobile phones and texting in $5 donations.


You can join the fight, even if you can't make it to a game.  Just text HFC to 90999 if you live in the US, or text HFC to 45678 if you live in Canada.  When you text, a $5 donation will be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  ($ 5 will be added to your mobile phone bill/ deducted from your prepaid account.  Message and Data Rates May Apply.  Reply STOP to  90999  to stop. Full Terms: mGive.org/T. Privacy Policy.  Or, donate online to to this important cause!


Hockey Fights Cancer™  Awareness Nights will be taking place during the following games:


October 15Vancouver @ LOS ANGELES
October 16Edmonton @ CALGARY
October 17 Phoenix @ ANAHEIM
Carolina @ VANCOUVER
October 18 Ottawa @ PITTSBURGH
Dallas @ TAMPA BAY
October 19Carolina @ SAN JOSE
October 20Vancouver @ CHICAGO

October 21





Calgary @ DETROIT
Pittsburgh @ NASHVILLE
Dallas @ FLORIDA
Los Angeles @ PHOENIX

October 22


Tampa Bay @ ATLANTA
Ottawa @ BUFFALO
Calgary @ COLUMBUS

October 23






Nashville @ DALLAS
Buffalo @ NEW JERSEY
Pittsburgh @ ST. LOUIS
Montreal @ OTTAWA
New York Rangers @ BOSTON
October 27Atlanta @ NEW YORK RANGERS
October 28Washington @ MINNESOTA
October 29Montreal @ NY RANGERS

October 30

New York Rangers @ TORONTO
Florida @ MONTREAL
November 3New York Islanders  @ CAROLINA

Burlington Coat Factory has been a national partner of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk since 2002.   BCF has raised more than $7 million - and more than $2 million last season alone!  They truly set the bar high and always surpass their goals.


But, the support doesn't end there.  In addition to being a valuable partner in sharing our mission and raising awareness in communities across the country, BCF has developed an incentive program to reward Light The Night participants.


All participants walking this season, who raise at least $100, will receive a special discount coupon for use in Burlington Coat Factory stores nationwide!  Participants  will receive their coupon on the night of the Walk or via  mail.


Thank you Burlington Coat Factory and all 2010  Walkers!

March 2011 Update:

The Spring Give  and Get campaign runs from March 17th - March 20th. Download   your 30% discount coupon, shop at any Gap, Inc. store during this   period and help beat cancer!



11/11 Update: The Holiday Give and Get for LLS campaign runs  from November 11th - November 14th. Download  your 30% discount coupon, shop at any Gap, Inc. store during this  period and help beat cancer!thank you.jpg


When we gave you the Give & Get  for LLS at Gap and Help Kids like Natalie , you delievered!  Thanks to all of our avid shopping supporters, this season's Give & Get  for LLS at Gap and Help Kids like Natalie campaign drove in $543,964 in donations to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and Modells sporting goods are teaming up through October 31st to promote a campaign to help raise funds to fight cancer.

Modells sporting goods stores has issued a downloadable coupon which will offer customer’s 15% off on their purchases, with 5% of the proceeds going to LLS to support its research and patient services programs.

The campaign is designed to help patients like Dominic Vargas, 7, who was diagnosed last year with acute lymphocytic leukemia.  The second-grader, whose image appears on the coupon, is still undergoing chemotherapy treatments and responding well. Dominic loves to play and watch shows on the Disney and Nickelodeon channels. He wants to be a doctor when he grows up so he can help other cancer patients.

“It is thanks to research that the treatments were discovered that are keeping Dominic alive,” said his mother Rachelle Vargas. “Please participate in the campaign and help Dominic and kids like him live their dreams.”

The campaign will run in all Modells stores for more than a month. There is no limit to the number of times a customer can use the coupon during the campaign. Further, for one weekend in October, Modells cashiers will ask customers to contribute $1 at check-out, with that revenue being added to the coupon contribution to LLS.

Print your coupon today!  Use it every time you go to Modell's!

In the market for a $20,000 diamond engagement ring?  How about if you WIN one?  Next Saturday, that's just what couples will be competing for on the streets of New York.  The Michael C. Fina Diamond Dash benefitting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is once again storming the city.


The dashers will race down the streets of NYC, solving clues sent to their mobile phones and on a clue sheet, stopping at various romantic destinations throughout the city, snapping a photo at each location, and racing to the finish line. The winning couple will win a prize valued at nearly $25,000!


Couples are chosen randomly (there's still time to sign up!) to compete.   The winning couple will receive a $20,000 Tacori engagement ring, a 5 day all-inclusive honeymoon to Aventura Spa Palace in Riviera Maya in the Mexican Caribbean and several other prizes while raising money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!


Sign up today, and tell your friends about this great opportunity to scope out NYC, possibly win some diamonds, and fight cancer! up to  500 couples.




Wow!  I never expected such an amazing response to Team Kareem!  So far, more than 100 people across the country have signed up to be a part of Team Kareem for The Light The Night Walk.  I am truly touched by your support.


To all of you who joined Team Kareem, I thank you. To those of you who donated to support someone on Team Kareem, your generosity is helping cancer patients live better, longer lives.


And for those of you who have yet to donate --- please donate now!   It's not too late to help fund life-saving cancer research.


Your support has been inspiring for me and the many people who face this disease daily.


I've said it before, and I'll say it again – you are only as strong as your team.  Thanks to those who have joined Team Kareem – together we can make a difference for cancer patients and their families.


Thank you!



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It's official -- I'll be attending the Light The Night Walk in New York City this fall, where I'll be joining hundreds of Team Kareem participants from across the country. Whether you're in the NYC area or not, I want to encourage you to join a Team Kareem in your community and walk with me to cure cancer!  There's still time to raise funds for the life-saving cancer research The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society supports. Walk to show your solidarity for cancer patients and raise funds to make a difference in their lives.


It's not too late to join Team Kareem!   Sign up now for a Walk in your community as part of my nationwide team.  In the name of all those touched by this disease, let's show cancer that we're not giving up without a fight!



Let's go team!



Our favorite World Cup star, Landon Donovan has been going strong for seven days so far.  He's taken on a TEN day challenge to fight childhood cancer. And today, he's made that deal even sweeter!




That's right!  Landon's matching EVERY dollar you donate to this campaign! Make your donation count twitce. Text "GOAL" to 90999 to donate $10, or to make a bigger splash, donate online.

March 2011 Update:

The Spring Give and Get campaign runs from March 17th - March 20th. Download  your 30% discount coupon, shop at any Gap, Inc. store during this  period and help beat cancer!






Natalie, pictured above with her mother, Tina, is the honored patient for the Gap Give & Get campaign.  By shopping with the Give & Get coupon for LLS from Thursday, August 26th - Sunday, August, 29th, you're helping kids like Natalie live better, longer lives -- while receiving a 30% discount at all Gap stores. What’s more, 5% of your total sales will go to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s life-saving cancer research. Here's more about Natalie’s story and why it's important to participate in Give & Get for LLS:


Natalie’s Mom, Tina, will never forget the day her daughter Natalie was diagnosed with had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). The diagnosis was heart breaking, especially since Natalie was just four and a half years old. For the next two and a half years, Natalie endured chemotherapy before ultimately being declared cancer-free.  Unfortunately, it wasn't long before Natalie’s cancer returned, leading to a bone marrow transplant that saved her life. Throughout that time, Natalie has been an Honored Patient for LLS on a number of occasions, as her story truly speaks to the importance of funding life-saving cancer research, research that promotes cures -- research that LLS is dedicated to supporting.


For 60 years, since the early years of our founding, LLS has funded researchers who have made important advances in chemotherapy treatment. LLS's research program also benefited from a close relationship with E. Donnall Thomas, M.D, the physician responsible for the first successful bone marrow   transplant and an LLS advisor.


We asked Tina to share more about her story for our blog. Here’s what she had to say about navigating Natalie’s cancer diagnosis, the importance of funding more research for cures and why we like Gap:

Tina, thank you for allowing us to feature Natalie's story for in the Fall Give & Get campaign. Not only is she an inspiration to other children with cancer, but her experience also underscores the importance of funding blood cancer research.

Can you share with us what it was like when you were first given Natalie’s diagnosis - in particular, where did you go to get more information?

How could any parent forget that dreadful day when our pediatrician told us that our four year old, beautiful, little girl had blood cancer?  It was the most horrible nightmare   that I still will never forget.  We were admitted to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles the same day because Natalie was so sick and we had no idea what was going on.  Natalie was looking paler and paler and the final draw was when her nose bleeds didn’t stop that was when we knew something was wrong.  Our worse fears were true; she had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.


How did you become aware of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?  Were you able to take advantage of The Information Resource Center (our Call Center) or any local programs like First Connection, our peer support group?

A child life specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles gave me a list of support groups and organizations I could call to get more information.   I remember looking at the list and the first place I called was LLS.  It was then that I met Tricia Jarmer who is currently the Patient Services Manager at LLS.  She provided me with a lot of information and sent me all the reading materials I needed.  She also told me about the programs and resources they offered including First Connection.

Through First Connection, I was also introduced to Team in Training along with a few other programs.   I met an entire community of survivors and mentors who were there for us during our worst times.  The Team in Training group always sent Natalie banners; cards, gifts and some team members even came to visit her during her bone marrow transplant, which really lifted Natalie’s spirits up.  We had a great support group, and it all started with LLS.


Few people can imagine going through what your family has experienced with Natalie's diagnosis - can you offer any words of wisdom to those who are Newly Diagnosed on coping?

My words of wisdom to any newly diagnosed patient and their families is to please contact your local LLS chapter and get the much needed information and support services which LLS offers.   What you do and how you react during those early days of diagnosis will truly pave the way for how the patient will feel emotionally.  Once they realize that they are not alone, they can take comfort in knowing that organizations such as LLS can provide them with many benefits during their time of difficulty.


Your family and Natalie, especially, have been strong supporters of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We want you to know that we truly appreciate that. You have first hand experience on the importance of funding life-saving cancer research. And Like Gap - you clearly feel strongly about giving back. Why do you feel it’s important to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?

There are many organizations that fund cancer research, but   The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society specializes in an area, which is the number one killer of young children.  If we find a cure for leukemia, we are not only bettering the lives of children, but we are also protecting our future.


Does the fact that Gap supports The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the Give & Get campaign change the way you feel about Gap?

I have definitely changed the way I feel about GAP.  I used to look at them as just another retail store that sells clothing, but now, I can appreciate how they support good causes and give back to the community.


If you could send a message to the Gap CEO, what would it be?

I would say, “Thank you and much appreciation.” I will feel proud buying Gap clothes and endorsing their brand, because they have taken an important step in setting a good example in the retail industry and by giving back to the community. Also, I will make sure all my family and friends know about what Gap is doing in trying to help to find a cure for Leukemia.   




Thank you, Tina, for sharing your story with our blog! We wish you, Natalie and the rest of your family the best of health!


Give & Get with Gap and LLS --- download your coupon today and shop at Gap stores from Thursday, August 26th - Sunday, August 29th. Take advantage of the 30% discount.  5% of your total sales will go to LLS to support life-saving cancer research. Your shopping makes cures possible!


Team Kareem - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's official Light The Night Walk Team - is picking up speed!  He first announced his participation last week, and asked all of us to join Team Kareem.  Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal caught wind of Kareem's new endeavor and published an article - seen below - all about his participation and his own battle with leukemia.  Did you know that the medication that has saved Kareem's life was funded by LLS researchers?


In the article, Kareem said, "Ten years ago this type of leukemia would've been a death sentence, unless I could get a bone marrow transplant, which also is risky.  Because of this research, there's a drug that lets people manage the disease and continue to live."


Sign up for Team Kareem and help save lives!





Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic, passionate candidates engage in a spirited competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Man & Woman of the Year" titles, by raising funds for blood cancer research. The candidates compete in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year. Every dollar counts as one vote, and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of ten weeks; the top local fundraisers in the country win the national titles.


This year 640 candidates participated in the Man & Woman of the Year campaign, raising over $11.5 million to support the LLS mission.


We're proud to announce that out of those candidates, one man, Bob Mills of Beavercreek, OH, and one woman, Janice Bender of Manhattan Beach, CA, emerged as the highest fundraisers in the country, earning them the title of national Man of the Year and Woman of the Year.

Here's more about their stories:



National Woman of the Year - Janice Bender

Janice Bender has been fighting blood cancers for more than two decades. Her mother, Bernice, passed away from the long-term effects of a blood cancer, but thanks to research and the development of life-saving drugs, she was able to fight the disease for more than 20 years. In honor of her mother, Janice donated bone marrow to a one-year-old baby boy in 1991 to help save his life.  It was this positive experience, along with her mother’s battle, that led to her association with LLS.


Her involvement began with the Greater Los Angeles chapter’s first Leukemia Cup Regatta, in honor of a friend’s parents who had succumbed to myeloma and lymphoma. She has also participated in the Light The Night Walk campaign, as well as co-founding LLS’s extremely successful Rock ’N’ Bowl fundraisers.


This year, with the support of her team,"Women Across America," her three co-chairpersons, Jeanne Gardner, Laura Hirschmann, and Lisa Weber, Janice earned the title of “Woman of the Year” and raised over $133,000 to help blood cancer patients live longer, better lives.





National Man of the Year - Bob Mills

Bob Mills is no stranger to fundraising, and as a matter of fact, he is well known in the Dayton, OH area for his philanthropy and dedication to the many charitable causes he has supported.


In March of 2009, Bob lost his wife Marcy to a metastatic bladder cancer. They had been married nearly 40 years.  Shortly thereafter, his oldest grandchild, Ally, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia at age 7.  Bob decided to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to honor his granddaughter and all children fighting cancer.


Bob assembled a team called “Ally’s Army Battles Cancer.”  They aggressively and passionately fundraised on behalf of Ally and three of her friends who sadly lost their battle. “I know times are tough but I am never ceased to be amazed at the many ways I have been blessed in my life. I am also anguished by the pain and suffering of my beautiful granddaughter - and all the other granddaughters and grandsons so courageously battling these devastating cancers.”


In total, Bob’s team raised more than $430,000 - an all-time record - and earned him the title of Man of the Year. Man & Woman of the Year candidates are goal-oriented and compassionate. Their relentless efforts are focused on making life better for hundreds of thousands of patients battling blood cancers: leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.  If you or someone you know would like to participate in this campaign, please fill out a nomination form here.


We applaud the impressive efforts of Janice and Bob, and commend all of the local winners and candidates across the country who have made a difference in the lives of people battling blood cancers.  Click here to see a list of local Man & Woman of the Year winners across the country.

Fuel Up with Free Gas!

Posted by lazzaric Jul 1, 2010




It's that time of year again.  The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is giving you a way to save at the pump.  You can earn free gas when you raise funds using your Light The Night Walk fundraising page during July and August.

Raise $250 online,
and get a $15 gas card;  Raise $500 and get a $50 gas card!  That's a lot of savings -- especially during these heavy summer travel months.

The Light The Night Walk takes place nationwide during the summer and fall.  Sign up at lightthenight.org for a walk near you.  If you've never been, it's an incredible and inspiring experience.  This walk like no other commemorates and celebrates the lives of those brave individuals who are or have battled cancer.

Sign up now and start earning towards your free gas!




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