BENEFITING: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
I have been given the opportunity of a lifetime to help others and I am asking for your help to join with me in this journey. I have been given the chance to keep my cousin Jim’s memory alive and to honor him by fighting a battle that he can’t anymore.
Each year The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) launches its Man & Woman of the Year fundraising campaign, and I was honored to be nominated to join this year’s efforts and run for the 2016 Woman of The Year. I have built a team, TEAM JIM, that is just as passionate about helping me fight the fight for those who can’t. I am writing today to ask for your support of LLS’s mission in its efforts to find cures for blood cancers and to assist patients and families as they battle this disease.
From March 3 – May 13, our team goal is to raise $50,000 which will go directly to LLS in support of its longstanding mission to find cures and ensure patients access to the treatments they need. If we raise $50K by May 13th, we can link our team name to an LLS-funded research portfolio this year to honor our efforts to help people with blood cancers and make Jim’s fight even more meaningful. There are many reasons to be proud to support LLS’s efforts. For instance, of the 39 new cancer-fighting drugs approved by the F.D.A in the past 10 years, 19 of them were initially developed for blood cancers and many had funding from LLS. Of those 19, ALL of them show promise for treating other cancers: • Gleevec, used for patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), was recently approved to treat stomach ulcers and is in trials for breast, prostate and ovarian cancer treatments. • Velcade, that targeted drug to treat patients with myeloma or mantle cell lymphoma, is also in trials for people with kidney, lung and thyroid cancers. • Rituxan, the first approved targeted cancer drug that was initially used for non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients, is used in 11 blood cancer and rheumatoid arthritis treatments. This is an organization that is doing the right things with the dollars it raises, and I’m proud to be associated with LLS. Sincerely and with love, Nicole Mildren and TEAM JIM Every dollar I raise counts as one vote and the candidate who gets the most votes/raises the most money is named the Man or Woman of the Year. But as you know, everyone wins when cancer loses, and thanks to your support, my efforts will help fund the therapies and treatments that save lives, not someday but today.