Donate-a-Dime Organization of the Month: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society NM Chapter

Every month, La Montañita sponsors a local community-based organization through our Donate-a-Dime bag program.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. LLS’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS created the Information Resource Center to provide blood cancer patients, their families and health professionals’ accurate, current disease information and support. In New Mexico, the money supports local research, patients and families.

In Fiscal Year 2015 (July 2014-June 2015) the New Mexico /El Paso Chapter in addition to funneling funds to research the New Mexico chapter provided co-pay assistance of $278,041 to 145 patients for treatment, offered four family support groups and matched patients with caregivers and responded to hundreds of inquiries for support and information.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) sponsors free community-based education programs for patients, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals. Local doctors and other healthcare professionals lead these programs providing information on treatment options, strengthening your decision-making and coping skills, manage treatment side effects and finding resources, including financial assistance.

Professional Education

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) sponsors a number of free community-based professional education programs for healthcare professionals, particularly for oncology nurses and social workers. Patients, their families and caregivers are also invited to attend. These programs are led by local doctors and other healthcare professionals and offer continuing education credits for nurses and social workers. Please call the New Mexico/El Paso Chapter for upcoming Professional Education Programs at (505) 872-0141 or (888) 286-7846.

Help the LLS help people with blood cancer and their families. Their dedicated community volunteers are the heart and soul of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Volunteers can help with: school and youth programs, team trainings the Light the Night Walk Event, general office assistance and more. Or let the LLS know your area of expertise, such as public relations, marketing, finance, fundraising and event planning so they can connect you with the right volunteer opportunity.

There are many different ways you can participate in The New Mexico/El Paso Leukemia & Lymphoma Chapter and make a difference in the lives of those touched by blood cancer. The most immediate way this month is to bring your reusable shopping bag and in January Donate a Dime to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

For more information call 505-872-0141 or go to www.lls.org/new-mexico

Edited by Robin Seydel from information provided by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

EDITORS NOTE: A review published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health on the relationship between pesticide exposure and the risk of blood lymphomas has confirmed the existence of a link with glyphosate commonly known as Roundup that is sprayed ubiquitously on all Monsanto produced GMO food crops as well as promoted to consumers for control of weeds in their gardens and around their homes.

The study “Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Occupational Exposure to Agricultural Pesticide Chemical Groups and Active Ingredients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” focused on systematic reviews and a series of meta-analysis of almost 30 years worth of epidemiological research on the relationship between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently determined that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans” (Group 2A).