A little over 3 years ago my family lost a wonderful member. My great uncle died of Leukemia. He was actually more like a second dad to me. His daughter and I were the same age and played together our whole life. My dad and him were very similar as well. Both ran their own restaurants, both very wise, and both loved their “little girls”. That being said we were crushed when he passed away. He had a very tough battle with Leukemia and ultimately lost it after a year. It came as a bit of a shock because he had a transplant and chemotherapy and was given a clean bill of health. The weekend before he died he had gone in and once again was told he was cancer free, unfortunately it returned a few days later with a vengeance and within days he was gone.
I wanted to share this important story with you because September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month. It is an opportunity to increase understanding of blood cancers and encourage people to support the funding of the research that is making a real impact.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, (LLS) was started in 1949 and over those years they have learned important information that has saved many lives and bringing us one step closer to a cure!