Canadians from coast-to-coast demonstrate acts of kindness to support blood cancer research and vital programs.
TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2017 /CNW/ - On the occasion of National Philanthropy Day, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) is recognizing the tens of thousands of Canadians whose acts of kindness have helped to improve outcomes within the blood cancer community. Six million dollars was raised in just a few short months with the support from an estimated 75,000 individuals who committed to research, fundraising, volunteering or donating to the LLSC.
In the months of September and October, Canadians united to support the more than 138,000 people affected by a blood cancer such as leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. During Blood Cancer Awareness Month in September, we saw an outpouring of support from donors who, together with a matching gift commitment from iA Financial Group, raised $214,500 in just a few weeks. In the same period, hundreds of volunteers rolled up their sleeves for Light The Night Walks that took place in communities throughout the country while tens of thousands of individuals and corporate partners, like UFCW Canada, who is celebrating 35 years of LLSC support, walked in solidarity and raised a record $5.8 million.
"We recognize that philanthropy comes in many forms and we are grateful for each act of kindness," explains Shelagh Tippet-Fagyas, president of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. "Your actions ensure that research projects we fund are uninterrupted and that our vital programs continue to provide the essential information, support and care that blood cancer patients, their families and caregivers rely on. Thank you!"
Funds raised for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada are invested in research and support programs. Thanks to our supporters, we were able to invest $3.8 million in research this year – the largest sum since our inception 62 years ago. This fall, we launched our first in a series of education webcasts to help inform the public about blood cancers and research. The webcasts are hosted by LLSC-funded researchers who volunteer their time to improve knowledge and awareness.
Today, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is celebrating Canadians for their acts of kindness in honour of those affected by a blood cancer. Share your #actofkindness and tag @LLSCanada or tell your story on our website.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Canada
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is the single largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancers in Canada. LLSC funds life-saving blood cancer research across the country, and provides free information and support services to patients and caregivers. Our mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. To find out more visit llscanada.org.
SOURCE The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada
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