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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!


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



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.



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!



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.



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!

In case you didn't receive this email from LLS President & CEO, John E. Walter, here's news on an exciting new offering --- the launch of our  Monthly Giving Program, the newest way you can support our commitment to cancer research online:




To recieve our John's monthly message, subscribe to any one of our eNewsletter offerings on www.lls.org.

Introducing custom LLS or TNT "skins" for your Firefox browser!




Now you can easily customize your Mozilla Firefox browser to show your dedication to fighting blood cancers with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!   Thanks to a new partnership with Mozilla, the folks who developed the Firefox web browser, supporters like you are now able to express their commitment  to LLS and Team In Training with the first-ever charity-themed Firefox Personas.


If you aren't using Firefox to browse the web, you may want to consider downloading it for free today.  You'll need to use Firefox in order to use an LLS or TNT skin. Click here to download Firefox for free.


Once you've downloaded and opened your browser you can customize it by following these simple steps :



  • Click here for a red Leukemia & Lymphoma Society skin or click here for a purple Team In Training skin
  • Download light-weight personas extension in under 60 seconds
  • The persona is instantly integrated with the browser
  • Enjoy!


Now, you're ready to stand behind LLS where ever you (virtually) go!


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.



Congratulations to a super star team at Burlington Coat Factory. As the Light The Night Walk’s first Million Dollar Partner, Burlington Coat Factory continues to show tremendous support for The Leukemia & Lymphoma’s (LLS) mission to fight blood cancers.


Through this six year partnership history with Light The Night, the company has remained the campaign’s #1 National Partner each year – bringing in more than $3 million to date. They were the first retailer to sell paper balloon on behalf of LLS and received a National Walk Award from LLS in 2002.


In 2007, the company’s inaugural year as a Million Dollar Partner, in-store paper balloon sales at nearly 400 retail locations and Walk Team participation brought in $1,145,000.


This year, after just 9 weeks of the paper balloon sales campaign, Burlington Coat Factory has already exceeded the $1 Million mark. The paper balloon sales campaign will continue through Black Friday, November 29th, 2008.


National Team Captain for Burlington Coat Facory, Christopher Pilla, said,


“Our employees and customers have shown great support with our Light the Night paper balloon icon campaign in our stores as well as joining us at our local community walks. Our Balloon Sales campaign will run appropriately enough right through to the Friday after Thanksgiving. We encourage you to visit your local Burlington Coat Factory store to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Thank you for your continued support!”

Click here to find a store near you. Visit before the end of the campaign to purchase your paper balloon and help fund research and programs for blood cancer patients.

At The Light The Night Walk in Savannah, GA this weekend, two fans were pleasantly surprised to meet one of their favorite American Idol stars, Stephanie Edwards. She gave a great performance and posed for photos with fans. Stephanie's inspirational, On Our Way, is the official song of The 2008 Light The Night season.


* Photos from: Scooting Around Savannah

In 1961, Ernie Davis was at the top of his game. He fought a daily battle against racial inequality and struggled to prove his worth on the football field. Against the odds, Davis became the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy for his stellar performance at Syracuse University. Unfortunately, his war on the green was not the only one this young man would fight. At 23, he landed an NFL spot with the Cleveland Browns. But, he never made it to the field, having lost his battle with leukemia.


A true America hero, Ernie Davis’ life is immortalized in a film opening on October 10, “The Express” starring Rob Brown and Dennis Quaid. Rob Brown, who plays the part of Davis, has been serving as the 2008 Light The Night Walk Spokesman in honor of Davis’ battle. View the trailer here.


“Playing Davis has helped me understand that all blood cancer patients deserve to live better, longer lives,” explained Rob Brown. As Spokesman for The Light The Night Walk, he has helped many people understand just how precious life is and how easily cancer can cut it short. See his message to supporters here.


Whether you walking for your child, your grandmother, or a Heisman Trophy winner, remember that every step you take puts us one step closer to winning our fight against blood cancers. Thank you for walking!

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