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How One Woman Found Purpose After Losing Her Fiance To Blood Cancer

Christine Attia knows first-hand how overwhelming and terrifying a blood cancer diagnosis can be. Christine lost the love of her life, fiancé David LeRich just two years ago after he lost a courageous six-month battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML.) A blood cancer for which there is no screen, no test, and maybe worse, there have been no new treatments found in over 30 years.

 

These are sobering statistics:

  • Every three minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer.
  • Today, more than 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with, or in remission from, a blood cancer.
  • Unlike with other cancers, there are no means of preventing or screening for most blood cancers.

 

Thanks to research and access to better treatments, largely facilitated by the work of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, survival rates for many blood cancer patients have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled since 1960. But despite these advances, more than a third of blood cancer patients still do not survive five years after their diagnosis.

After David’s passing, Christine found the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s athlete training program Team In Training. Just six months after David’s death in 2013 she participated in her first Team In Training event with her brother and raised $20,000 for LLS.

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And one year later, her “Team on Fire” raised more than $250,000 to help find a cure for AML and all blood cancers – not someday, but today.

To inspire and encourage others, Christine has partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help raise awareness of blood cancers. She recently joined me to share her personal story of how losing her fiancé so suddenly changed her life forever. Christine was joined by LLS president and CEO Louis J. DeGennaro during Blood Cancer Awareness Month to remind everyone that while breakthrough therapies are saving lives, work still needs to be done to find cures.

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Take a look at the interview below.

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During this Blood Cancer Awareness Month to learn more at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society website at www.Lls.org.

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Meet Our Guests:

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Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Office of LLS. LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

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Christine Attia who, two years ago, lost the love her life and best friend –fiancé David LeRiche – just six months after his diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)Dave was only 27.

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

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