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Supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

For this months Dallas Charity, a few of the Hillcrest brethren got together for a little fun, socializing, and most importantly, charity.

For this months Dallas Charity, we participated in a social outing supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  To know a little bit more about this organization, their site states the following…

“Our goal is to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services.”

For those that are not aware, here are some facts on these and other related blood cancers …

“Leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are types of cancer that can affect the bone marrow, the blood cells, the lymph nodes and other parts of the lymphatic system. These cancers are all related since each are likely a result from acquired changes to the DNA of a single stem cell.

Incidence is the number of newly diagnosed cases for a specific cancer or for all cancers combined during a specific time period:

  • One person in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer approximately every four minutes.
  • An estimated combined total of 140,310 people in the United States will be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma* in 2011.
  • New cases of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma will account for 9 percent of the 1,596,670 new cancer cases diagnosed in the United States this year.”
To put in perspective how far research and has come, below is a chart illustrating the survival rate advancements of these diseases.  Advancements such as these are made available in part by individuals willing to stand up, assemble, and raise money and awareness for the cause.
It was a well produced Dallas charity event that included many local businesses in Uptown Dallas.   It was a great opportunity for fellowship among our members, and it gave us the opportunity to meet a lot of new individuals, all while donating to a good cause.

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