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Celebrate Random Acts of Light Day!

“Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops at all.”

Emily Dickinson

Random Acts of Light Day is observed annually on June 13. It was founded by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to “bring light to the darkness of cancer” and highlight the importance of cancer research.

This day was also created to raise awareness, encourage, bring kindness and educate people about blood cancer and its possible treatments. "It is also a day to advocate for the need to fund research for blood cancer so that patients can have access to treatments and live a more comfortable life. "

Research shows every nine minutes, a life is lost to blood cancer. "Approximately 1.3 million people in the United States suffer from blood cancer. The three main types of blood cancer are leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Leukemia is a cancer of the blood and the marrow, and it can be either acute or chronic. "

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was founded in 1949 by Rudolph and Antoinette de Villiers, whose son Robbie died from leukemia in 1944 at the age of 16. It's main goal is raising funds for blood cancer research and supporting patients, survivors and their families. The Society’s flagship fundraising program is "Light the Night" a campaign that aims to “bring light to the darkness of cancer”

Ways to honor and celebrate Random Acts of Light Day

  1. Surprise a Blood Cancer Patient by bringing them a delicious meal.

  2. Plan a fun day with a Blood Cancer Patient.

  3. Donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

  4. Spread awareness on Social Media about Random Acts of Light Day and Blood Cancers.

Facts about Cancer

  1. Smoking kills Smoking causes 90% of lung cancers and has killed almost 50 million people in the last decade.

  2. Cancer deaths are preventable Half of all cancer deaths are potentially preventable.

  3. The elderly are more susceptible to cancer Approximately 77% of all cancers are diagnosed in people who are 55 years or older.

  4. The most common form of cancer Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S.

"Let light shine out of darkness.” Anonymous

Written and Submitted by GSS Agent#3013

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