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Leukemia & lymphoma Society W PROVIDING HOPE, FINDING CURES ith a mission of curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improving the quality of life for patients and their families, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Greater Sacramento Area chapter serves 37 counties throughout Northern Cali- fornia and Northern Nevada. More than 2,300 patients are di- agnosed annually with blood cancers within this territory, and this year LLS has helped 118 patients with $296,000 in co-pay assistance, and has helped 266 patients and healthcare professionals with educational programs and ma- terials. “It’s still unknown what causes blood cancers, so rather than focus on prevention we focus on research to find cures, access to treatments, and patient support,” says Jenaye Shepherd, Execu- tive Director. LLS also lobbies on behalf of blood cancer patients. “Our public policy team is heavily involved in trying to remove barriers for patients seeking treatment and to keep treatment afford- able in today’s unpredictable healthcare climate,” notes Shepherd. LLS is co-hosting the new Beat AML Master Trial with a couple of academic institutions. “Non-profits typically don’t host trials – it’s usually universities, or pharmaceutical companies,” Shepherd points out. “Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) is a complex cancer with poor survival rates and unfortunately there have been no advances in treatment for the last 40 years. LLS has commit- ted to investing $125 million in this trial to support AML patients and fund new treatments." "Our chapter has had an exceptional fundraising year, raising more than $3 million for the mission to support patients and find cures, said Shepherd. “Many of our programs went beyond ex- LLS.ORG pectations – more than 600 area schools raised more than $700,000 collecting pennies, and we had more than 200 Team In Training participants and more than 3,500 walkers for our Light the Night fundraising event in 2016.” Capping off the stellar year, the chapter’s 2017 Man of the Year, Clay Cov- ington, and Woman of the Year, Karlee Cemo-McIntosh, both set records for fundraising, with Clay raising more than $179,000 and Karlee raising more than $225,000, a tremendous impact towards a world without blood cancer. | 2017 CAPITAL REGION CARES 65