Press Release – (Rye Brook, NY – September 5, 2017) – In the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) announced today that it will donate up to $1 million to help blood cancer patients who have been impacted by the storm.
Patients with a confirmed blood cancer diagnosis, living in declared disaster areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey, are eligible to receive $500 to help with cancer-related necessities such as transportation to treatment, lost or damaged medications and other needs directly related to the hurricane.
“Living with a blood cancer is difficult enough without the added stress of being displaced from your home or unable to receive treatment because of a natural disaster,” said Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D., president and CEO of LLS. “As a ‘patients first’ organization we are determined to provide critical support directly to those who need it. Patients’ lives literally depend on it.”
Blood cancer patients or their caregivers should visit http://www.lls.org/hurricane-harvey-relief to access the application form.
“LLS has been serving the Gulf Coast area of Texas for more than 30 years and we continue to support blood cancer patients and their families during this extremely difficult time,” said Billie Sue Parris, executive director of LLS Texas Gulf Coast Chapter. “This community has always supported LLS, walking in Light The Night, running with Team In Training and volunteering in so many ways to support cancer patients. Now it’s our turn to show that LLS is here for our community.”
Beyond the disaster relief program, LLS provides a wide range of free resources, education and support for all blood cancer patients, survivors and families across the country; this includes co-pay assistance and other programs to help ensure access to quality, affordable and coordinated care. Details can be found at www.lls.org.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955‐4572 or www.LLS.org/informationspecialists, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.
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