Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Champion of Hope

By Angela Childs

IOS's Beth Schrader, pictured with her daughter Liv, has agreed to take on a tremendous challenge.  She was asked to participate in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's annual Man & Woman of the Year campaign.   For Fort Wayne, she is one of six connected community members that have accepted a challenge to raise thousands of dollars to support research and treatment for blood cancers.  Candidates are asked to join this elite group by local Nominating Committee and LLS staff members.


For Beth, it's both an honor and deeply personal.  She joined IOS in 1997 and in 1998 was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia.  At that time the options available to her were - have a bone marrow transplant or don't.  Her daughter was not quite 2 years old and without the treatment, she would not have been able to be her mother for the last 14 years.


Today she's on a mission to raise $100,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  Why that number?  Because it matters.  Because with that amount of money, more treatments like those which did not exist when she was sick can be found through R&D - and eventually, a cure.
  • More than one million North Americans are fighting blood cancers; the third leading cause of cancer deaths.
  • Leukemia still causes more deaths among children and young adults under 20 than any other cancer. 
  • LLS is the largest non-profit contributor to blood cancer research, funding nearly 320 projects across the globe.  
  • 78.1% of all funding goes directly toward research to find a cure for blood-related and other cancers.

LLS, her efforts, and the help that we can give makes a difference:
  • 40 years ago, a child’s chance of surviving leukemia was 3%; today 9 out of 10 live.
  • Hodgkin lymphoma patient survival rates have more than doubled to 88% since the 1960’s.
  • Survival rates for myeloma patients tripled in the past decade.

Every dollar counts.  To find out more, visit Beth's site at www.beth4lls.com, and consider helping in our battle against cancer.

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