New York, NY (PRWEB) September 05, 2012
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. Despite these shocking statistics, 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 celebrate National Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September.
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 to help raise funds for lymphoma research. Buildings and iconic landmarks around the country will Light it Red for Lymphoma. Participating partners include 150 N. Michigan Avenue in Chicago; the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge in Massachusetts; the I-35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge in Minnesota; Tuckerton Seaport in New Jersey; the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the New York Stock Exchange and the Peace Bridge in New York; Cira Centre in Pennsylvania; the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas and Houston City Hall in Texas; Seattle Great Wheel in Washington; and Niagara Falls in New York and Ontario.
“Awareness and education initiatives of Blood Cancer Awareness Month are powerful tools in our efforts to find a cure since lymphoma is such a complicated disease,” said Diane Blum, LRF Chief Executive Officer. “The Lymphoma Research Foundation is committed to ensuring that the public has the tools and resources necessary to understand this disease so that those affected by lymphoma can make informed decisions regarding their treatment options.”
The Lymphoma Research Foundation will also launch a robust social media campaign to complement its Blood Cancer Awareness Month activities. Throughout the month of September, LRF will post facts about lymphoma to raise awareness about the disease, as well as highlight the dates landmarks around the country will Light it Red for Lymphoma. There will also be a Facebook photo competition where fans can submit photos from LRF events for the chance to win prizes. The Foundation hopes to reach 15,000 followers through its Facebook and Twitter pages combined. For more information on the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Blood Cancer Awareness Month activities, visit lymphoma.org/bcam2012.
The blood cancers are a group of more than 80 separate, but related diseases, including Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Lymphoma is the most commonly diagnosed blood cancer in the United States and is the seventh most common cancer overall. For more information about lymphoma, visit lymphoma.org.
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 $50 million in lymphoma-specific research.
For additional information on LRF’s research, education and services, visit lymphoma.org.