On Friday, Sept. 1, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Harford County will begin Blood Cancer Awareness Month at Main Street Tower at 8 p.m.
County Councilman Mike Perrone will present a proclamation from Harford County Council. Information about blood cancers and a raffle benefiting LLS will be available along with live music by Denim ‘N Lace.
Leukemia, lymphoma (both non-Hodgkin’s and Hodgkin’s), myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes and myeloproliferative neoplasms are all blood cancers.
Each type of the blood cancer is different, and there are even many subtypes; therefore, treatments will vary. However, what the blood cancers have in common is that the cancer involves abnormalities in the blood cells, bone marrow (where blood cells are produced) and/or the lymph nodes and lymphatic system.
An estimated 1,290,773 people in the United States are living with, or in remission from leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma, and every three minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Blood cancers affect people of all ages.
LLS has provided over $1 billion in research funding and has been involved in the development of many new treatments, including targeted therapies and immunotherapy including CAR T-cell treatment. While cures and remissions have greatly improved for some types of blood cancers, every nine minutes someone in this country dies from a blood cancer.
There will be several opportunities for Harford County residents to learn more about blood cancer and support the valuable work of LLS in blood cancer research and patient services during September and October.
Local businesses have generously donated prizes and/or offered to host these events.:
Blood Cancer Awareness Day will be Saturday, Sept. 9, from noon to 8 p.m., at Red Robin Bel Air in Harford Mall. This event will include blood cancer information, raffle, door prizes and a silent auction.
An awareness event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Bel Air Farmers Market.
Another awareness event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Abingdon Giant on Emmorton Road.
For those touched by a blood cancer, LLS offers many education and support services including educational support groups, teleconferences and booklets as well as several helpful programs including co-pay assistance.
For more information about blood cancer, clinical trials or LLS services, visit www.lls.org/md or call the LLS Information Resource Center at 1-800-955-4572.
In Harford County, LLS and Upper Chesapeake Cancer LifeNet sponsor a monthly educational support group for those affected by blood cancers. Meetings are held at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and include speakers and discussions.
If you would like to attend one of these meetings, contact Upper Chesapeake Cancer LifeNet at 443-643-3350.