Did you know every three minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer in the United States? And every 10 minutes someone dies from a blood cancer in the United States?
VPR POP is walking in the Light The Night walk on September 19th in Overland Park, KS to support the Multiple Myeloma Journey Partners and blood cancer patients and survivors everywhere.
The Multiple Myeloma Journey Partners program encourages peers to initiate a conversation with their healthcare provider to discuss their eligibility for an autologous stem cell transplant.
We talked with Jessica Earnshaw, Senior Campaign Manager, and Janna LaCock, Executive Director, of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Mid America Chapter to learn more.
How does the LLS support the fight against blood cancers?
“Fundraising is critical at LLS. The more funds we secure, the more financial aid we are able to pass on to patients in need. Without this assistance, some patients can’t afford to pay for the treatment and medications they need to live. And we work directly with the researchers we support financially to learn what new medications and treatments are on the horizon to help patients live longer, healthier lives,” said Jessica Earnshaw, Senior Campaign Manager.
To date, LLS has invested more than $1 billion in research to advance therapies and save lives. LLS research grants have funded many of today’s most promising advances, including targeted therapies and immunotherapies. Some of the therapies first approved for blood cancer patients are now helping patients with other types of cancers and other serious diseases.
The LLS has donated more than $37.1 million specifically to myeloma.
How does the Light the Night Walk help the LLS support the fight against cancer?
It’s one of the LLS’ biggest fundraising campaigns of the year. It helps fund lifesaving research and support for people battling blood cancers.
The Light The Night Walk also brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the diseases, and shine a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients.
Funds raised through The Light The Night Walk:
- Fund breakthrough therapies for blood cancer patients
- Provides free educational materials, support programs and events.
- Powers advocacy to ensure access to treatments.
- Helps provide personalized assistance through our Information Resource Center. During these evening leisurely walks, Champions For Cures carry illuminated lanterns – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to a blood cancer.
What does what the Multiple Myeloma Journey Partners do mean to you and the LLS?
“It provides multiple myeloma patients with more knowledge, an opportunity to ask questions, and most importantly, it gives them hope for a future with a productive life,” said LLS Executive Director Janna LaCock.
VPR POP looks forward to supporting the Multiple Myeloma Journey Partners, the LLS, and blood cancer patients and survivors everywhere by walking in the Light the Night walk on September 19th in Overland Park, KS.