Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser underway
March 08, 2018 05:28 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Over the next 10 weeks, 12 New Mexicans will compete to see who can raise the most money for the New Mexico/El Paso Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
On Thursday, LLS kicked off its Man and Woman of the Year campaign. Candidates will write letters, reach out to local businesses and host fundraising events.
In 2017, 201 patients in New Mexico and El Paso received $480,527.35 in aid for patients. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
"Unfortunately, when I was going through the worst part of treatment, we were not really aware of the benefits that LLS provided," said Isaac Brown, who is battling a form of lymphatic cancer.
Brown was diagnosed nearly two years ago when he was 19 years old.
"It's shaking, to say the least," he said. "All you think of is school and your friends and stuff and then that just comes out of left field."
With 80 percent cancerous cells, Brown started chemotherapy right away. Today, he's down to less than .05 percent cancerous cells.
"Doing really good right now," he said.
Last year, Brown was named Young Man of the Year by the local LLS chapter. He helps spread the word about how LLS can make a difference for patients like him, and those he has met in the hospital.
"A lot of them would not be able to afford to come here or would have to move to Albuquerque, which is just another huge bill added on to the insane amount of bills that come from chemotherapy," he said.
Even though he's continuing treatment, Brown is managing 18 credit hours at the University of New Mexico this semester.
"It's all about how you get back up and I think a support system and a family like LLS is an amazing start," he said.
Updated: March 08, 2018 05:28 PM
Created: March 08, 2018 04:21 PM
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