Reasons to give

Reasons to give

I have just a little more than a month left of training before my “big hike” but I’m still less than halfway to my fundraising goal. If you’ve been meaning to donate, there’s no better time than the present. Donate now!

Need more reasons to give besides the tax write-off? How about these:

  • Every ten minutes, another child or adult is expected to die of blood cancers; that’s 145 people each day, or six people every hour.
  • More than 894,000 Americans today are affected by blood cancers.
  • Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children under the age of 20.
  • The survival rate for myeloma is only 35 percent.
  • An estimated 138,500 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with blood cancer this year.
  • 52,000 people in the U.S. will die of blood cancers this year.

    It’s not all bad news though. Through the research and efforts of organizations like LLS, survival rates are improving:

  • Overall five-year survival rate for children under five with acute lymphocytic leukemia was 3% in 1964 — today it’s 88%.
  • The five-year survival rate for leukemia has more than tripled in the last 46 years.
  • Hodgkin lymphoma has a five year survival rate of 86%, more than double what it was in 1960 and it’s now considered one of the most curable forms of cancer.

    My latest fundraising stats:
    Amount raised to date: $2,052
    Percent of overall goal: 46%
    Amount to go: $2,448