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Thanks to our colleagues at Gap and our friends online, our summer Give and Get campaign promotion was another success! Because of you and your efforts sharing this promotion online, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will receive nearly $500 thousand to support our life-saving research to find a cure for blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma. That's an amazing accomplishment for one weekend worth of shopping at Gap, Inc. stores!

As you noticed during the launch of this campaign, we featured Lance Bigelow (see our launch blog post, Lick Leukemia with LLS and Gap), who is living proof that the research we fund has a direct impact on patients. 60 years ago, when LLS was founded, a blood cancer diagnosis was almost always fatal. Since that time, the nearly $1 billion dollars we have invested in innovative research has helped to increase survival rates of some blood cancers by double or even triple. In fact, blood cancer survival rates rose by as much as four-fold from 1960 to 2000.

All of that was possible thanks to partners like the Gap and people like you - who either directly participated  in our fundraising efforts or helped spread the word. Your support makes a difference.

Thank you for helping us serve our mission to find a cure for all blood cancers and help patients and their families live better, longer lives.

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If you're in Manhattan on September 12th, watch out as the city will be stormed with brides and grooms on the hunt for diamonds!  Michael C. Fina and Tacori, leaders in the jewelry and bridal industry, have partnered to host a diamond scavenger hunt. Proceeds from “Diamond Dash: Dash for a Diamond & a Cure” will support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

 

The dashers will race down the streets of NYC, solving clues sent via SMS, and stopping at various wedding-related destinations throughout the city.  The first couple to reach each destination will be awarded with a prize valued up to $3,500! And, the couple that reaches the final destination first will be awarded an incredible Grand Prize.

 

Grand prize winners of the Diamond Dash will receive a beautiful handcrafted Tacori engagement ring setting, matched with a Tacori Diamond, both valued at approximately $20,000, as well as a honeymoon package to Waikoloa Beach Resort on Hawaii's Big Island, including roundtrip airfare and four nights hotel accommodations at Hilton Waikoloa Village.  The dash will culminate with a once-in-a-lifetime proposal opportunity.

 

Think you know all there is to know about NYC's wedding hot-spots and trivia? Do you and your special someone Want a chance to grab some prizes? Sign up for the event at www.diamondsmakeadifference.com.  We're limited to 1,000 teams, so act fast.

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One of the things that we love about our events is how they enable people to meet others working towards the same goals –trying to help end blood cancers, and having fun while doing it. Every once in a while we hear about a story of how one of our programs has been instrumental in helping people develop an important personal relationship, and I think that following deserves some retelling

 

Michelle Fried has a long history with our National Capital Area chapter (NCA). As a volunteer, participant and Board of Trustees president, Michelle has been a dedicated supporter of LLS for many years.

 

Because of her passion and well-rounded experience with LLS, Michelle was chosen as an ambassador-of-sorts to help encourage participation in LLS events.  Last year, this role brought her face-to-face with Jim Galvanek, a 10-year leukemia survivor.  Not only did this meeting lead to Jim being named NCA’s 2008 Man of the Year, but eventually, to an unexpected romance.

 

The two amazing volunteers quickly became good friends.  Their friendship turned into a lasting connection.

 

This summer, The Light The Night Walk Kick-off was held at National Stadium, home of the Washington Nationals, just before the start of a game. Along with about 500 other people, Jim and Michelle were there showing their support for LLS.  Jim led Michelle to the stadium rooftop, as the game began so the couple could get a bird’s eye view of the field. It was up there that they shared a private moment together and Jim asked her to marry him.

 

After sharing the news with friends and volunteers alike, the two enjoyed a few innings.  Soon after, the Jumbotron lit up naming Jim and Michelle "Fans of the Game.”

 

The NCA Deputy Executive Director, one of the lucky people to see these two lovebirds' relationship evolve, said that it has been really sweet to watch two good friends and amazing volunteers make a lasting connection and remember how LLS has been instrumental in their relationship.

 

Michelle and Jim have not only found each other, but they have also given much of their personal time to LLS – something for which we at LLS are grateful for every day.

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The Bigelow family knows the importance of Gap's Give & Get program benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society because, 4 years ago, their son Lance, was diagnosed with leukemia. Lance, pictured here in a shirt he got from Gap during the spring campaign, is living proof. By participating in the spring campaign, the Bigelows took advantage of a 30% discount (available at all Gap, Inc. stores) and ensured 5% of the proceeds would support LLS' fight against blood cancers, the leading cancer diagnosis among children.

 

We wanted to find our more about Lance and his story after his mother sent in his pictures -  including whether they were going to participate in the summer campaign (running July 30th-August 2nd, click here to download the coupon and find out more). Here's more from that conversation:

 

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When was Lance diagnosed with leukemia and how is he doing now?

I will never forget the day Lance was diagnosed. He was 29 mos old and had been running a fever for three weeks. Make the long story short, on Monday, October 3, 2005 he was diagnosed and by Friday, October, 7, 2009...he began chemo. After the first round, Lance responded well. He remained in the hospital until May 2006. He was able to return home for 2-3 days but for the main part he was hospitalized. He was diagnosed with AML and it had spread to is central nervous system. Lance has been in remission since Nov. 2005 (and counting). My little prince will be entering first grade this fall and is tackling reading with gusto!!!


Battling cancer is as a child is particularly challenging. Were you able to take advantage of any of  our resources - print materials, the call center, local support groups?

The print material from LLS was more than helpful. We also received gift cards to CVS and Giant Foods. I was able to speak to someone when ever I had a question and I never heard, "may I take a message"



What's your advice to other families battling cancer?

My advice would be: first prayer and faith (regardless of denomination) and educate yourself. Read as much as you can, it helps facilitate great
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You may not know  this, but Gap's spring campaign raised $600,000 for LLS, thanks to families like yours.  Are you considering
participating in the summer campaign?

Gap is our store of choice...their look is classic and timeless. They are comfortable and wash well. Both of my children are mainly in Gap (anything outside of gap is usualy a gift or purchased with a gift card) Iplan on participating on the summer campaign!!!! and getting friends and family involved.

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World-renowned actress and writer, Tina Fey, is lending her voice as the 2009 Light The Night Walk National Spokesperson.  Her message is direct and to the point.  "Cancer.  It's a dark word.  When it's directed at you or a loved one, it can turn your world upside-down..."


Watch this video of Tina's national television PSA for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

 

Truer words have never been spoken.  Luckily there's a way to shed some light.  It's time to walk the talk.  Join Tina Fey and thousands of others for The Light The Night Walk.  Registration has begun.  You can be a part of the fight against blood cancers by signing up for a walk near you today.

 

Tina is also featured on GoodSearch's Who's Doing Good?  You can use GoodSearch as a simple way to help support LLS.   Visit GoodSearch.com and select LLS as your charity of choice.  Then, search away!  Every time you search, you're helping to raise funds for LLS.

 

Find a Light The Night Walk near you, and regsiter today!

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This time, it’s personal!

 

Your support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is personal and now so is your LLS visa card.

 

You've seen how you can create a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) or Team In Training (TNT) branded credit card. Now you can personalize your card with your own photo at no cost!

 

So, when you make a purchase with your LLS or TNT Visa card, it can truly be your card that you created.

 

Plus, your first purchase will result in a $50 donation by the bank to LLS and a percentage of all future purchases will also be donated to LLS.

 

Best of all, you’ll help us increase awareness and support of LLS and TNT whenever and wherever you use your personalized card.  I know every time I use my personalized card (shown here), it’s a real conversation starter!

 

See how easy it is to create a unique LLS or TNT Visa Platinum Rewards card and learn more about the benefits of this terrific No Annual Fee Rewards card with a 0% Introductory APR by clicking here.

 

Don’t be the only member of your team without an official LLS or TNT card, apply today!

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The Marine Corps Marathon is SOLD OUT! But, Team In Training has several spots reserved. Sign up today to get top of the line training with Team In Training! For more information, visit teamintraining.org.

 

Join us in Washington, DC on October 25 for this 26.2 mi. run, walk or run/walk.   Held  every year since 1976, the Marine Corps Marathon has aptly been nicknamed "The People's Marathon". The USATF certified course starts in Arlington, VA and winds its way through the city passing numerous historic monuments, memorials and landmarks along the way.

This is your opportunity to experience for yourself the TNT difference: he charity sports training program that's saving lives, one mile at a time.

Find out more today - and learn how you can cross the finish line at the Marine Corps Marathon in October!

We at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) were excited to learn of our former Youth Ambassador’s next big opportunity – to star in Fame, an MTV pilot set to release on September 25, 2009.

 

Paul Iacono is Neil, an ambitious filmmaker looking to make it big but runs into a few challenges along the way. Paul can relate with his character’s frustrations, not only in the world of performance, but more privately as someone who has dealt with the roller coaster ride of cancer diagnosis.

 

At seven-years-old Paul was diagnosed with leukemia, and faced two years of chemotherapy. He says that it was a difficult time, but his continued public performances helped him to feel positive about his situation and he eventually went into remission. He recognizes that there was a possibility that he could have just become another statistic, which is why he has devoted so much of his time supporting the work of LLS.

 

In a recent interview it’s clear that he’s optimistic for future pediatric leukemia patients – “My theory is that eventually the survival rate will be 100% and no kid will have to go through what I had to go through.”

 

We wish Paul well in this new endeavor. To read the rest of his interview about Fame visit Just Jared Jr.

 

Learn more about childhood blood cancers by visiting www.LLS.org. If your child has cancer join the conversation with other parents dealing with diagnosis, treatment and survivorship related issues.

 

Cruisin' For A Cure

Posted by lazzaric Jun 1, 2009

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Super Volunteer, Pete West, of San Antonio TX, has hit the road on a around-the-country motorcycle ride to raise awareness and funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Cruising on his 2007 Honda Goldwing GL1800, decked out in LLS insignia, West has set his goals high.  He'll be visiting cancer centers in at least 35 states, traveling 11,000+ miles in one month, aiming to raise $50,000 to fight blood cancers.

Why he's doing it?  West says, "I have never been diagnosed with cancer but I have had family members and friends that have so I want to do my part to help in my own way and that is to raise money to help doctors and scientists find a cure for cancer and find it now!"

West is riding to honor those who have fought and are fighting their own battles with blood cancers.  His inspiration to do something grand for LLS was sparked by his wife, Lisa, who is an avid member of Team In Training and has completes two 1/2 marathons to raise money for the cause.

Pete West's extraordinary journey began on May 16th.  Right now, he's leaving Pickerington, OH, where the American Motorcycle Association and the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum are located, and head north to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  You can follow his incredible journey on his blog.  Help him on his way by donating to his campaign.

This October, be one of 45,000 motivated and elite athletes when you fly 26.2 miles through the streets of the Windy City.  The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is a scenic tour through Chicago's neighborhoods and historical landmarks.

 

Regular registration for the marathon has ended.  But, as an Official Charity of the event, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society can offer you a guaranteed spot in the race as a participant in Team In Training.

 

Through Team In Training, you will receive first class training, coaching and mentoring to help you achieve your goals leading up to the race.  You are your teammate will proudly don purple as you run towards the finish line. As the largest endurance sports training program in the world, Team In Training will provide you with  the experience of a lifetime - all while helping to fight leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

 

Get your purple ready, and join Team In Training for The Bank of America Chicago Marathon today to become a part of something great.

 

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Now In it’s 4th year, the popular Nation’s Triathlon to Benefit The  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, is sold out!   But you can still get in by  signing up through Team In Training!  Sign up through Team In Training (TNT) and  be assured a spot in this world class event  scheduled for Sunday, September 13th in Washington, DC.
The  Nation’s Tri is an Olympic Distance triathlon, which includes a 1.5k swim across  the Potomac River, a 10K run past historic sites in downtown DC like the  Smithsonian Museum, the National Holocaust Memorial,  and  the Washington  Monument, and a 40K bike loop that takes  you along the river with beautiful views of Rock Creek Park. 
Team In Training is the world's largest and 'best sports endurance program. Through it you  will meet great friends, get unparalleled training and receive fundraising  support .   And you'll help the Leukemia &  Lymphoma Society (LLS) fund  lifesaving research.
Find out more today about how you can participate in this event!

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This Mother's Day Honor Your Mother with a Gift to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 

 

Where would you be without your mother's support?  This time of year, we can't help but feel added gratitude toward the women who have made us who were are today.  Moms like Katy Moeller, picture above with her daughter Audrey, overcome tremendous obstacles to protect their children.

 

At a young age, Audrey was diagnosed with Leukemia - the leading cancer among children and adolescents .  In January, 2008, at the height of Audrey's cancer treatment, Katy joined The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training and completed the Carlsbad Marathon to fight blood cancers. Team In Training sports training program helped Katy Moeller "do something positive" for her daughter, Audrey. By participating, Katy could actively support life-saving cancer research by raising awareness and funds for a cure. It was a heroic gesture and a powerful example of a mother's love.

 

Whether your mom ran 26.2 miles, baked a batch of her famous home-made chocolate chips, or lovingly embraced you in a warm hug, she's been an insurmountable support in your life.  This Mother's Day donate to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, fund life-saving research while you pay tribute to your mother and help ensure that every child stricken with a blood cancer can live a long and prosperous life!

 

If you are the mother of a child with leukemia or lymphoma, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is here to support you with information and resources.

 

Make a Memorial or Tribute donation by May 4th, 2009 and we will ensure delivery of a print acknowledgement card by Mother's Day, May 10th!

 

There's no better way to honor your mother on Mother's Day.

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The Nike Women's Marathon, a Race to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, will be held October 18th, 2009 in San Francisco.   Team In Training (TNT), the world's largest charity sports training program, has slots available!  It's not too late to join!

 

Whether you're an experienced runner or interested in making this your first marathon, TNT can get you ready to run or walk the full or half marathon with months of training from our certified coaching staff!  In return you’ll raise funds to support lifesaving cancer research helping hundreds of thousands of blood cancer patients live better, longer lives. Find out more today before these slots are gone!

 

Join Team In Training and help save lives, one mile at a time. Find out more today!

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This year The Nation's Triathlon will be held in Washington, DC on Sunday, September 13th and will feature participants from around the country in one of the most majestic triathlon courses in the world.

 

The event is filling up quickly, so sign up through Team In Training (TNT) and be assured a spot.


Team In Training is the world's largest and best sports endurance program. Through it, you will meet great friends, get unparalleled training and receive fundraising support .   And you'll  help LLS fund lifesaving research.

 

You can find out more about this popular program by visiting teamintraining.org.  Then fill out the form to be contacted by one of our Chapter staff located across the country and in Canada.

Whether it's your first triathlon or your next one, TNT will make this a most rewarding experience! Find out more today!

Talented artist, Andrew McMahon, of the piano rock band, Jack's Mannequin, made a statement on the group’s national Light The Night Walk fundraising page (Choose Jack’s Mannequin from this list). He vows that the band will match up to $40,000 in donations to their walk team. Watch his special video to fans and teammates.

 

 

Andrew’s passion to fight blood cancers stems from his own battle. In June of 2005, at 22 years old, and a few months from the release of the band’s debut album, Everything in Transit, Andrew was suddenly diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. August 23rd of that year marked the date of Andrew’s stem cell transplant from his sister and donor, Katie, as well as the release of the band’s album.

 

He has since made a full recovery and the band has really taken off. They’ve just released their second album, The Glass Passenger. And, they performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Oct. 3rd. But, even with all of his success, Andrew remains deeply focused on raising awareness and funding to fight cancer.

 

In July 2006, Andrew founded, The Dear Jack Foundation which named The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as one its primary beneficiaries.

 

Each year, The Jack’s Mannequin Team raises tens of thousands of dollars through The Light The Night Walk. This year, the team aims to raise $100,000. With the support of loyal fans and this new pledge from the band, the team has nearly reached its goal!

 

Take a look at this video Andrew made last year for The Light The Night Walk.

 

 

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