Tuesday, September 13, 2005

You can help BOTH causes...

I’ve been writing here in recent days about the difficulties I’ve been facing in fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Team in Training, in light of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. I will be riding in El Tour de Tucson on November 19th and have been trying to raise at least $4,200 for the Society. What I’ve been hearing since the hurricane hit is that many folks feel they should put their charitable funds to helping out those affected by the hurricane. Well, I’m writing today to let you know that your donation can do both: help out those battling leukemia and lymphoma and those devastated by the hurricane.

I think this press release says it all:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has established a communications plan for displaced patients and will also dedicate funding from its campaigns to help rebuild healthcare facilities.

WHITE PLAINS, NY (September 6, 2005) - The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has announced several initiatives to help address the long- and short-term needs of blood cancer patients in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. These initiatives will help ensure that cancer patients in these areas will continue to receive the vital healthcare services they need during this crisis and beyond.

The many thousands of cancer patients in the Gulf Coast region who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina may have trouble over the coming weeks getting access to the cancer treatment they need. To ensure that these patients, many of whom are in need of acute care, do not have their treatments interrupted, the Society is reaching out to treatment facilities in the surrounding region to find out which ones are able to help displaced patients from the evacuated areas. Patients are urged to contact the Society's Information Resource Center (IRC) at 1 (800) 955-4572 to receive referrals to treatment facilities in the areas to which they have relocated. Specialists in the IRC can also answer questions about patients' eligibility for financial aid offered by the Society.

In order to help meet the critical need to restore health care to the communities ravaged by the hurricane, the Society will commit $1 million to help get blood cancer treatment centers and patient support services in the devastated areas up and running again. The Society will also provide support to overburdened cancer centers in Texas that are caring for patients displaced by the hurricane.

You know how devastated people are by the hurricane. You know how devastating the battle against blood cancer can be. Now imagine yourself battling a blood cancer and having lost your house and all you own because of the hurricane. That is truly a tragedy, I’m sure you’ll agree. But with your support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society can help many of those in need.

If you would like to support these efforts, please visit to my website at www.active.com/donate/tntnyc/tntnycAZackTucson, or forward your check made payable to “The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society” to me at The Zack Company, Inc., 243 West 70th St, Ste 8D, New York, NY 10023-4366 and I’ll get it to the Society straight away.

Thanks so much!

All best wishes,

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