How To Raise Awareness About Leukemia and Lymphoma

September is National Leukemia and Lymphoma awareness month and it will be the perfect time to increase public awareness about these two cancerous diseases. It requires proper understanding about its prevalence, prevention, and treatment.

Just to get an idea about how these diseases are affecting people around the globe over the last decade, it is important to get hold of some statistics for better understanding. In the year 2000, approximately 256,000 people around the world, including children and adults, developed Leukemia, and 209,000 died from it. These statistics represent 3% of the 7 million deaths caused by cancer in 2000, and 0.35% of deaths overall.

In the United States alone, about 245,000 people were affected with some sort of Leukemia, and in 2008, about 44,000 of newly Leukemia-diagnosed cases were registered. This represents 30.4% of all types of blood cancers. Even in children, every third child has leukemia, commonly known as acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Every year September is celebrated as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month, which is a great opportunity to educate people. Thousands of people every year join together to commemorate this very special occasion. These people work all year to make every possible effort to raise money for blood cancer research.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society organizes one of the best awareness events, named the “Light the Night Walk”. It is a charity walk that is held every year by different communities across the nation, which raises funds and donations that go towards blood cancer research, educational materials to promote awareness, developing local support groups and counseling, and providing free personalized assistance for cancer-victims and their families.

This event is the backbone of fund raising, as the research for finding the cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma depends on it. During the course of this event, everyone participating in the “Light the Night Walk” walk carries illuminated color-coded balloons. White balloons denote the leukemia survivors; red balloons denote the spreading of awareness, and the golden balloons commemorating the friends and families of those who lost their lives to blood cancer.

There are several ways to be a part of this great cause. One can show their support by joining this walk, or host their own Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness event to raise funds and awareness in public. These events carry tremendous amount of passion and emotion, thus giving promotional items to spread awareness that is both sensitive and appropriate, would be ideal for this cause.

One can wear or give away custom awareness pins or silicone bracelets and urge people to wear them to show their support and create awareness. Lime green color bracelets are for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and any other kind of Lymphoma, while purple is used to symbolize Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. These bracelets and pins are quite subtle, and exceptionally appropriate for promoting the fight against cancer. After all, the concept of these silicone bracelets and awareness pins has its roots based on the fight against cancer.

by Fabiola Delgado De La Flor


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