2024 World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day's theme – Close the Care Gap – is what the LLSC is all about:
Helping to close the care gap for Canadians affected by a blood cancer.
Every 24 minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer – blood cancers strike anyone, at any age, at any time. Your support is needed to ensure these individuals and their caregivers continue to receive access to critical information, mental health support and personalized services throughout their blood cancer experience.
In support of World Cancer Day, an anonymous family is leading by example and matching donations until February 4th, up to $50,000! Your gift today – doubled by this generous match opportunity – will help fund lifesaving research and personalized services supporting Canadians affected by a blood cancer.
Help change the blood cancer experience.
Marine was only 16 years old when she was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin lymphoma. She remembers, "while my friends were getting ready for prom, I was in the hospital fighting for my life."
Marine's treatment was difficult. "The nausea, hair loss, extreme fatigue and pain often left me physically and mentally exhausted. Despite this, I remained hopeful and confident that I would beat the disease."
Marine is now in remission. She enjoys every healthy day, every moment of happiness, every little joy. "I'm lucky to be alive, and I'm determined to make the most of every moment."
Donor generosity is also part of Marine's story, and she's grateful. "Without research, I might not be here today. Every little bit helps, and every donation matters. By working together, we can make a big difference for people with cancer, and give them hope for a better future."
It can be overwhelming to consider that Marine's type of Hodgkin lymphoma is just one of 137 forms of blood cancers and related disorders. But the good news is that donor-supported research over the past decades has improved survival rates radically for many types of blood cancer.
In addition to research, your generous gift allows us to continue critical education and support programs for Canadians with blood cancers, as well as the family and friends who care for them.