The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Rye Brook-based voluntary health agency, will donate up to $1 million to help blood cancer patients who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Blood cancer patients living in declared disaster areas are eligible to receive $500 to help with cancer-related necessities such as transportation to treatment and lost or damaged medications.
“Living with a blood cancer is difficult enough without the added stress of being displaced from your home or being unable to receive treatment because of a natural disaster,” said Louis J. DeGennaro, president and CEO of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “As a patients-first organization, we are determined to provide critical support directly to those who need it. Patients’ lives literally depend on it.”
Blood cancer patients or their caregivers can visit the organization’s website to access the application form.
Billie Sue Parris, executive director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, said the organization has served the Gulf Coast area of Texas for more than 30 years and will continue to support blood cancer patients and their families “during this extremely difficult time.
This community has always supported LLS, walking in Light The Night, running with Team In Training and volunteering in so many ways to support cancer patients.” Parris added, “Now it’s our turn to show that LLS is here for our community.”
Along with its disaster relief program, the organization provides a range of free resources, education and support for blood cancer patients, survivors and their families.
Founded in 1949, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, visit lls.org.