Posts Tagged ‘hodgkin’s disease’

25% achieved!!! THANK YOU :)

September 28, 2008


I’m excited to announce that as of today, you have helped me achieve over 25% of my overall fundraising goal. The interim goal of 25%, due by Nov. 4, is $950. I have now collected $990 towards helping advance blood cancer research and patient care. Thank you so much!

Here are some other ways you can help:

  • Send positive healing energy and/or prayers to leukemia patients Alivia Laird (10 months old) and Jill Traweek, and their families. Both Alivia and Jill are family of friends of mine.
  • Come to a fundraising Spa Party on Saturday, October 18 in Bothell. More details to come.
  • Ask businesses you frequent to donate merchandise, services or gift cards for our Spa Party door prizes and silent auction. Email me at for details.
  • Buy one of my shirts or other items proclaiming “Life’s too short to sit on your (couch)” from Cafe Press. Partial proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
  • Pass along links to this blog to your friends or post on your Facebook or MySpace page.
  • Ask your employer if they match donations. Email me for a matching donation form (

And of course…



Jackie O, Joey Ramone, Wendy Wasserstein, Roger Maris & Charles Lindbergh…

September 21, 2008

… all died of lymphoma. So did approximately 56 Americans – yesterday. And 56 Americans today. And 56 Americans next Wednesday. And on Christmas. And your birthday. To add up to around 20,500 Americans dying of Hodgkin’s Disease and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2008. But what is lymphoma?

From The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:

Lymphoma is a general term for a group of cancers that originate in the lymphatic system. About 53 percent of the blood cancers that occur each year are lymphoma.

The lymphomas are divided into two major categories: Hodgkin lymphoma and all other lymphomas, called non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).

Hodgkin lymphoma was named for Thomas Hodgkin, an English physician who described several cases of the disease in 1832. Hodgkin lymphoma will represent about 11.1 percent of all lymphomas diagnosed in 2008.

About 74,340 Americans will be diagnosed with lymphoma in 2008. This figure includes approximately 8,220 new cases of Hodgkin lymphoma (4,400 males and 3,820 females), and 66,120 new cases of NHL (35,450 males and 30,670 females).

Lymphoma results when a lymphocyte (a type of white blood cell) undergoes a malignant change and begins to multiply, eventually crowding out healthy cells and creating tumors that enlarge the lymph nodes or other parts of the immune system.

Lymphoma generally starts in lymph nodes or collections of lymphatic tissue in organs like the stomach or intestines. It may involve the marrow and the blood in some cases. Lymphoma may spread from one site to other parts of the body. Lymphocytic leukemias originate and are most prominent in the marrow and spill over into the blood. They occasionally spread to involve the lymph nodes.

(Adapted from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s website, with slight edits.)