Go Red this September for Blood Cancer Awareness

September was designated as National Blood Cancer Awareness Month by the United States Congress in 2010. Every year since then, Imerman Angels has joined the cancer community in raising awareness for blood cancers including leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. According to our Cancer Partner Organization, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, an estimated combined total of 156,420 people in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with a form of blood cancer in 2014, which accounts for 9.4% of the the total number of new cancer cases expected this year.

Blood cancer awareness month

Wondering what to expect when you, or a loved one, is diagnosed with blood cancer? We can help. Since 2010, Imerman Angels has connected more than 600 patients and caregivers, ranging from 8 to 92 years old, affected by blood cancer by matching them with someone who has been through a similar experience. We have over 1,200 Mentor Angels, including Caregiver Mentor Angels, who have been affected by a form of blood cancer and are generously willing to share their experiences and knowledge with individuals new to this journey. Our blood cancer mentors range from 13 to 82 years old and each have their own unique experience. In addition, Imerman Angels supports individuals affected by myeloproliferative neoplasms (blood malignancies) and are proud partners with the MPN Research Foundation.

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(Pictured above are two Imerman Angels staff members who are lymphoma survivors & mentors!)

This September we’re excited to have Imerman Angels representation at the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota newest signature event, the Shine Bright Bash benefiting the Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Program. This 1920’s themed bash is Saturday, September 13th at The Pourhouse in Minneapolis. With our Minnesota Ambassador in attendance we will better serve our blood cancer constituents in the future. For further details, click here.

Also on Saturday, September 13th is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual free Illinois Blood Cancer Conference in Oakbrook, Illinois. For further details, click here.

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We encourage you to “Go Red” this September and join Imerman Angels in support of blood cancer awareness!