Lymphoma Research Foundation Recognizes National Blood Cancer Awareness Month

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Nation’s Largest Lymphoma Nonprofit Expands Its September Awareness Campaign to Have More Buildings and Iconic Landmarks Around the World Light it Red for Lymphoma

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Every four minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer. In fact, there are more than half a million people in the United States living with, or in remission from, lymphoma, the most common form of blood cancer. Still, many people do not know much about the disease, or any of the other blood cancers, until they are diagnosed. That is why the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – the nation’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services – is proud to recognize National Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September.

Buildings and iconic landmarks around the world will Light it Red for Lymphoma to raise awareness and provide hope to all those affected by lymphoma. Participating partners include Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California; the Fox Marquee Theater in Georgia; the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, MassMutual Convention Center and TD Garden in Massachusetts; General Motors in Michigan; I-35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge in Minnesota; Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in Missouri; Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the New York Stock Exchange, JFK Air Traffic Control Tower, Hedley Park Place, Rundel Memorial Library, the Peace Bridge and Niagara Falls in New York; the Cira Centre and the Limerick Golf Club in Pennsylvania; Houston City Hall in Texas; Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia; Pacific Science Center in Washington; CN Tower in Canada; and the National Concert Hall in Ireland.

“Awareness, education and research are essential to improving the lives of those affected by a lymphoma diagnosis,” said Elizabeth Thompson, LRF Chief Executive Officer. “Since the United States Congress designated September as Blood Cancer Awareness in 2010, the Lymphoma Research Foundation has been at the forefront of raising public awareness for lymphoma, in September and throughout the year, and will continue to do so until we eradicate this disease.”

Throughout the month of September, the Lymphoma Research Foundation will host a variety of national and local events intended to educate the public about the blood cancers and raise funds for lymphoma research. LRF will hold its 18th annual North American Educational Forum on Lymphoma, the largest and most comprehensive education program for members of the lymphoma community, in Brooklyn, NY and will host its seventh annual Lymphoma Research Ride, one of the Foundation’s largest fundraising events, in Montgomery County Maryland. The Lymphoma Research Foundation will also launch a free mobile application, Focus on Lymphoma, which is uniquely designed for patients and caregivers to understand their lymphoma diagnosis and manage their treatment.

In honor of Blood Cancer Awareness Month, the Lymphoma Research Foundation will also utilize its social media networks to post daily facts about lymphoma, highlight the dates buildings and landmarks will Light it Red for Lymphoma and inform people of various events. LRF encourages everyone to join in its national awareness campaign by sharing lymphoma stories or words of encouragement on the Foundation’s national Facebook page and/or uploading customized Light it Red for Lymphoma cover photos to their own Facebook pages. For more information on the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Blood Cancer Awareness Month activities, visit lymphoma.org/bcam.

About the Lymphoma Research Foundation        
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to funding innovative research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services. To date, LRF has awarded more than $54 million in lymphoma-specific research.

For additional information on LRF’s research, education and services, visit lymphoma.org.

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