Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Proclaims June 6th
Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Day
Atlanta (May 28, 2014) – Governor Nathan Deal has proclaimed June 6th
Yesterday, Governor Deal signed a proclamation in the presence of several representatives and honored patients from
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Included were two blood cancer survivors, Alan Kessock, CFO of PGA TOUR
Superstore, and Lauraine Frank, Campaign Manager for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Also in attendance were
LLS Savannah Man of the Year candidate Will Gruver of TJS Deemer Dana LLP; as well as Kim Nickels and Alana
Kootsikas of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
“We are honored to have Governor Deal recognize the importance of blood cancers in the state of Georgia by proclaiming
as Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Day,” said Alana Kootsikas, Sr. Director of Events for LLS.
The proclamation states that more than one million people in the United States are living with a blood cancer such as
leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma or myelodysplastic syndromes, which can affect cells in the blood, bone marrow, spleen,
lymph nodes and other parts of the lymphatic system. It also states that LLS-funded research has led to the discovery and
development of lifesaving therapies, including targeted therapies and immunotherapies. Since its inception, LLS has
invested more than $1 billion in blood cancer research.
LLS is also the leading source of free blood cancer information, education and support, and is the voice for all blood
cancer patients. In 2014 Georgia currently ranks 9th
expected new cases of lymphoma compared to other states in the U.S.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The
LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the
voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To
learn more, visit http://www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday
through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.
The Georgia Chapter serves patients with a variety of programs including the Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection
Program, The Trish Greene Back to School Program for Children with Cancer and the LLS Co-Pay Assistance Program
which last year provided $1.45 million to patients statewide. Currently, the Georgia Chapter funds $2.14 million towards
research grants in multi-year agreements with Emory Winship Cancer Institute. There were approximately 4,230 new
diagnoses for blood cancer in Georgia in 2013. Visit http://www.lls.org/ga.
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