About every three minutes, somebody in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer.
That’s according to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, an organization devoted to finding a cure for blood cancers and one that’s working to ensure access to treatment for all blood cancer patients.
This disease hits home for me as my sister, Tracy, was diagnosed with a form of leukemia at the age of 42. Now, at 45, she’s thankfully been in remission and is doing great. She even completed her first triathlon last year!
But the specter of this dreaded disease lurks large for many. In 2014, I ran my first half-marathon in Philly with Team in Training to raise funds for leukemia research and learned how a significant portion of that money actually goes to research that improves a patient’s chances of recovery and remission and gets us closer to finding a cure.
LLS hosts a variety of fundraising events throughout the year across the nation to draw attention to that worthy cause. Anything that spreads awareness about leukemia and lymphoma can give us hope for better treatment options, and that’s a good thing.
This spring, a prominent commercial and industrial developer of the Greater Lehigh Valley will host a car show, its second one, with all proceeds benefiting LLS.
PennCap Properties of Bethlehem will sponsor the car show on May 1 at 1605 Valley Center Parkway, an office building in a corporate park in Hanover Township, Northampton County, from 10 am to 3 pm.
The event includes food trucks, vendors, music, and games. General admission is free. All classes of motorcycles, cars, trucks and hot rods are welcome, with awards presented at 3 pm. Pre-registration for those who want to show their vehicles is $15, or $20 at the gate. For information, contact Ashley West at firstname.lastname@example.org.
News about the statistics of this disease can remind us that every day is precious and the future is never guaranteed.