Did you know that every 3 minutes, someone is diagnosed with a form of blood cancer? Every 9 minutes, someone’s diagnosis becomes fatal. Over a third of those diagnosed with blood cancer do not survive five years after their diagnosis. Sadly, blood cancers are the third leading cancer killer of Americans. Yet things are looking up!
There has been an average decline of 20 percent of blood cancer death rates since the 1990s and the five year survival rate for children with the most commonly diagnosed pediatric leukemia has improved from 3 percent in l964 to more than 90 percent today. In fact, many blood cancer patients survival rates since the l960’s have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled.
Cancer survivors like Susana Moro, the keynote speaker and Honored Hero of the Light the Night event, and Dr. Guenther Koehne, her physician and chairman of the Light the Night Campaign are fighting back. On November 3rd Moro and Dr. Koehne will join more than 5,000 people including families and corporate teams who have been touched by cancer at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami to walk in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) “Light the Night” event which aims to shed light on the darkness that comes with receiving a cancer diagnosis and their mission to cure it. Together they join a massive cancer community of approximately 1 million people at 150 inspirational evening walks across the U.S. and Canada all in an effort to end cancer.
A Miami resident and mother of two, Susan Moro was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on Dec. 7th, 2016. An otherwise healthy, active 48-year-old with a wonderful family was stunned to learn of her diagnosis. After a grueling two-year process of chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant and year-long stay in New York City, Moro is now in remission and credits the important research funded by LLS as the reason she is here today.
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