March To A Million

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Join us in helping our National Team Salesforce.com in their March To A Million this year!

In 2015 Salesforce raised an amazing $563,763 making them the #5 National Light The Night Team overall. Their team goal for 2016 is to raise $1,000,000 and if the team hits their goal, their CEO Marc Benioff, will personally match this amount making their total fundraising efforts 2 MILLION dollars which could potentially make them the #2  National Light The Night Team.

Please watch this amazing video from Salesforce.com – Click Here

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk funds  life-saving research and support for people battling cancer.  Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams and millions of consumers help by donating at retail outlets.  These efforts culminate in inspirational, memorable evening walks in nearly two hundred communities each fall across North America.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) funded research aims at helping all blood cancer patients live longer, healthier lives.  We will continue to support research through our  innovative and integrated funding programs, until every patient has a safe and effective  therapy.  Currently LLS:

  • Supports research programs in the U.S., Canada, and seven   other countries.
  • Provides services including family support groups, free seminars, direct patient financial aid and co-pay assistance.
  • Educates through our Information Resource Center.
  • Advocates to policy makers at all levels of government.

Come Join Us at our Light The Night Walks this year!  Register Here

 

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Rushing Towards a Cure

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Congratulations Takeda Oncology and THANK YOU for participating the Rushing Towards a Cure for 11 years now! This fundraiser has been so impactful for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society over the years and with the positive energies and victories of the Home Team we can continue to reach new accomplishments in funding research to find cures for blood cancer.

Light The Night with us!

Register!

Make sure you get your registration in for 2016 Light The Night! You still have time to register your team and start your fundraising efforts. You can register online or give us a call and we can take care of registration for you!

Online registration:
Boston, Nashua, Wakefield or Worcester sites
Providence, Rhode Island site

Give us a call at (508) 810-1342

Walk Dates:

Boston: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Nashua
: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Providence: Saturday, October 23, 2016
Wakefield: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Worcester: Saturday, October 15, 2016

be part of it

The Inspiration Initiative – Jessica Moran, 2016 Honored Hero

Please meet one of our Honored Heroes of the 2016 Boston Light The Night! This is Jessica Moran. She is a true inspiration. There isn’t much that I could write in this week’s blog about Jessica that she hasn’t already said, photographed and lived. Please go to her blog, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube and see just how strong, beautiful and amazing Ms. Moran is!

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Blog: https://inspirationinitiative.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inspirationinitiative
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jessy_moran

 

And last but certainly not least…You must click on her YouTube and watch her videos!
This was specifically for an Applebee’s fundraiser…
https://youtu.be/0ttf1bRKgJk

 

Keep on moving forward Jessica and we at the Massachusetts Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society cannot wait to see you in Boston!!

Happy Oncology Nursing Month!

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Please make sure you give an extra high five, hug and a big THANK YOU to all our Oncology nurses this month. They work so hard to help their patients fight and recover every day.

Life After for the ‘Lost Generation.’

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“You learn quickly that cancer is an inhospitable house guest: It shows up when you’re least prepared and leaves your place ransacked with no money for a maid.” – Andrew McMahon stated in his patient-advice column for the US News on October 26, 2015.

While we continue to improve treatments and lifespans of those touched by cancer, there is one “lost generation,” that continues to look for more outlets and more efficient treatment plans and therapies and even facilities to complete their journey after diagnosis. The adolescent and young adults are in quite the in between when it comes to these medical advances. Many times doctors and hospitals either place these patients in facilities with children much younger than themselves, or quite the opposite, in facilities with patients sometimes 20 years their senior. It makes for the process to be just that much more grueling on the young cancer fighter.

Many times people who are not directly affected by cancer(s), don’t see the exhausting journey a cancer patient and/or survivor must go through. The entire process can put a large toll on a person’s emotions, body, finances and even relationships, friends, families and significant others alike. Besides physical setbacks, such as feeling “older,” not having enough energy as you once did or even scars, or weight change, this generation can also be struck with financial burdens due to insufficient insurances/job benefits and even high student loans. Not only are we asking this youth to come out with a successful cancer eliminating procedure, but we are now pushing them into the real world with many other burdens placed on heavy shoulders.

Andrew McMahon, now in his early-thirties is a 10-year leukemia survivor and an influential singer-songwriter. Some would know him from former projects such as Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate or his recent solo project, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. Through McMahon’s cancer treatment he was placed in a facility with others while beyond his own years. Getting the support and understanding therapy options that were offered around him didn’t connect to his youth and emotions he was feeling. The place in his life that he was currently experiencing was entirely different than the other patients around him. While going through his own treatments he could see how this “lost generation” needed a voice to advocate and show what was needed most, support.

McMahon has since started a  charitable foundation called Dear Jack Foundation (dearjackfoundation.com) that supports and advocates for the adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer.

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The best way to help is be an advocate for those who don’t have a voice. Be a support system for those who just need some assistant to get their voice heard. And those of us who aren’t completing cancer treatments can just be patient, be understanding, but importantly just be there for our loved ones.

Knowles, Kimarie. “Young Adults: Coping with Life After Cancer.” Smithl. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Apr. 2016. Web. 29 Apr. 2016. <http://www.lls.org/blog/young-adults-coping-with-life-after-cancer>.

McMahon, Andrew. “Singer Andrew McMahon on the ‘Lost Generation’ of Young Adult Cancer Patients.” U.S News and World Report. U.S News and World Report, 26 Oct. 2015. Web. 29 Apr. 2016. <http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2015/10/26/singer-andrew-mcmahon-on-the-lost-generation-of-young-adult-cancer-patients>.

“You’re modified, you’re not broken.”

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“I’ve never coached a one legged gymnast before, but I’m willing to try if you’re willing.” Courageous words from Kate Foster’s gymnastics coach.

Kate Foster has been a competitive gymnast since she was 7-years old. Foster was diagnosed with leukemia and a leg infection when she was 12-years old. She was told it was her leg or her life. Her doctors amputated her leg. Most would assume this would end the young girl’s gymnastics career, however when her prosthetic leg was fitted and with the encouraging words of her coach, Kate continued to compete along with her peers. Kate, now 16-years old is held to the same standards as her competitors and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Kate’s father posted a video on YouTube of one of Kate’s balance beam routines at a gymnastic meet awhile back. Within days the video had over 5 million views and was an instant inspiration piece for all young adults struggling with their own health battles. The instant fame and viral status of Kate’s journey has been quite the ride for the young girl. “I’m just kinda me.” Kate tells her audience.

See the link below for the feature story from Good Morning America.
Gymnast’s Incredible Comeback

 

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