-LLSC Encourages Everyone to Shine a Light on Blood Cancers this September-
TORONTO, Aug. 25, 2017 /CNW/ - For Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) is reminding us that despite progress, much work is still needed to save more lives. An estimated 138,100 people in Canada are living with, or are in remission from a blood cancer. There is no way to prevent or screen for most blood cancers and the number of Canadians living with, or in remission from the disease has increased by 25% from 2014 to 2016.
Every September, the LLSC ramps up its efforts to shine a light on blood cancers for a dual purpose: to raise awareness of the disease and to raise funds for life-saving blood cancer research. This year, the LLSC will light Canada red in honour of Blood Cancer Awareness Month with the help of some of the country's most recognizable landmarks. On various dates throughout the month of September, a number of iconic landmarks will be lit red to shine a light on blood cancers and the LLSC.
"The lighting of landmarks red is a symbol of support to all Canadians affected by a blood cancer," says Shelagh Tippet-Fagyas. "We are thankful to every participating city during Blood Cancer Awareness Month and we encourage individuals to do their part to raise funds and awareness."
Landmarks lit red for Blood Cancer Awareness Month
Charlottetown City Hall (Sep. 1), Halifax City Hall (Sep 1-7), BC Place (Sep 2), Edmonton Bridge & CN Tower (Sep 3), Calgary Tower (Sep 5), and Lethbridge City Hall (Sep 15).
How to get involved in September
- Share your photos and like our posts of the landmarks lit red using #BCAM and #endbloodcancers.
- Make a donation at llscanada.org and double the value of your gift thanks to iA Financial Group.
- Register for one of our informative webinars on blood cancer research in French or English.
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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