Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Going Above and Beyond Their Civic Duty

Julian Omidi discusses the recent efforts of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, from investing almost $1 billion to fight these diseases to their most recent fundraiser supported by Civic Duty.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is a fantastic organization with the mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS’s overall goal is to help blood cancer patients live better, longer lives, and this is something Civic Duty can respect whole-heartedly.

Leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma together have caused more than 54,000 deaths in 2013, and account for nearly 10% of all cancer deaths in 2013. LLS has been helping blood cancer patients for nearly 65 years, and even though much progress has been made towards long term therapy and permanent remission, there is still so much more that can be done.

To date, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has invested almost $1 billion in research to advance therapies and to save lives. Many targeted therapies, immunotherapies, and some of the therapies first approved for blood cancer patients which are now helping patients with other types of cancers and other serious diseases have been funded thanks to LLS research grants. With increased research and accessibility to better treatments, the survival rates for many blood cancer patients have doubled, tripled, and even quadrupled since 1960.

We at Civic Duty encourage those that wish to help or donate to LLS, to do so Here.

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Recently, Civic Duty helped promote the noble hard work of Abe Snobar, the organizer of a special art auction fundraiser to benefit the LLS and its Man and Woman of the Year campaigns. Civic Duty donated to this cause, adding to the proceeds of the special even that took place on April 24, 2014.

The charity event of an auction and show took place at The Crest Theater in Sacramento, California. A variety of art pieces were auctioned throughout the show and the featured guest was renowned performance painter and Sacramento native, David Garibaldi, who also offered some of his own paintings for the auction.

Garbaldi’s (www.garibaldiarts.com) specialty is a “Rhythm and Hue” stage act in which he rapidly creates paintings of notable rock musicians and other well-known figures, and his performance Thursday was spectacular. More information about the event and what took place will be posted later on this week on the Civic Duty Facebook page.

By Julian Omidi