The grim news is that every four minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer (lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma) and someone dies from the disease every 10 minutes. Nearly 140,000 Americans were expected to be diagnosed with blood cancer in 2009, accounting for 9.5 percent of new cancer cases diagnosed in the United States.
The good news is that people impacted by the disease are fighting back, and Chicago is leading the fight. The Chicago Curing Lymphoma and Leukemia Foundation has been formed with a mission of curing blood cancers and ensuring that cutting edge treatments and world class care and physicians remain available to patients battling blood cancer in the greater Chicagoland area. CCLL is led exclusively by volunteers impacted by blood cancer and is is committed to curing lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma by raising awareness and funding for research, maximizing the impact of research by supporting cogent research projects conducted by researchers at the leading area research institutions (Rush University Medical Center, Northwestern and University of Chicago), avoiding administrative costs and attracting and retaining leading clinicians and researchers in the greater Chicagoland area.
CCLL believes that blood cancer research is the superhighway to curing cancer, as blood cancer research has resulted in many treatments for many forms of cancer. CCLL invites you to get on this superhighway to curing cancer and join them as they drive with full speed toward the cure. The organization will participate in a bike ride in 2010 and in other fundraising activities. If you are interested in learning more and participating visit their Facebook page.