Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Washington/Alaska Chapter Programs
Here is a quick sample of just a few of the programs we offer at the LLS Washington/Alaska chapter:
First Connection Program: LLS provides a very unique kind of support to newly diagnosed patients. LLS trains physically and emotionally healthy blood cancer survivors and/or family member caregivers as volunteers to speak with recently diagnosed patients, offering support, information, coping strategies, and hope. Our chapter facilitated 106 First Connection matches in 2014.
Travel Assistance: LLS's Patient Travel Assistance Program provides financial assistance to people diagnosed with a blood cancer that struggle to pay for treatment-related transportation and/or lodging costs (e.g., mileage, parking, tolls, gasoline, plane or train tickets, temporary housing). This program has a huge impact on our patients.
Public and Professional Education: LLS provides live education programs to local cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals annually. LLS also sponsors teleconferences and webcasts in which renowned thought leaders in hematology-oncology lead a discussion and are available live to answer participant questions. Our chapter reached 817 attendees in 2014.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
LLS has provided over $20 million in research funding to Dr. Carl June and his research team at the University of Pennsylvania. This team developed an amazing treatment by re-engineering the HIV virus with patients’ own immune systems in a way that kills their cancer cells.
This incredible breakthrough is the result of nearly 20 years of LLS grant funding. Immunotherapy shows promise in adult CLL and pediatric ALL patients, as seen in the case of Emily "Emma" Whitehead, who was the first pediatric patient to be treated in this way. When all else failed, this was her last and only option. A video of Dr. June's work and the life-saving impact this therapy had on Emma can be seen at: http://vimeo.com/54668275