The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. We offer a wide variety of programs and services in support of our mission: cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma are cancers that originate in the bone marrow or lymphatic tissues as the result of an acquired genetic injury to the DNA of a single cell, which becomes malignant and multiplies continuously. This abnormal accumulation interferes with the production of healthy blood cells.
An estimated 135,520 people in the United States were diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma in 2007. New cases of leukemia, Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma will account for nearly 9.4 percent of the 1,444,920 new cancer cases diagnosed in the United States this year. Every five minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer.
Since the first research funding in 1954, LLS has awarded more than $550 million in research grants. Now supporting $61.6 million annually on research, LLS's grant programs are among the most prestigious in the fields of blood cancers.
Like I said, a great cause to support. Go to www.LLS.org/nca for more information.