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Cancer Research: How Lymphoma Canada is Working to Change Lives

In Canada, lymphoma is the fifth most common type of cancer diagnosed.  Men are diagnosed more often than women (slightly more), and dealing with this type of cancer can be extremely overwhelming, especially if you or someone you love has been diagnosed.

I know this because I am a lymphoma cancer survivor. I beat the disease in 2005.  As a survivor, I wanted to support an organization who is just as passionate about finding a cure as I am, so I became a Board Member of the Patient and Family Advisory Committee for Lymphoma Canada. Lymphoma Canada is a national, charitable organization that seeks to empower the lymphoma community through education, research, and support.  As a Canadian organization, LC’s resources are attained from Canadian statistics and feature only Canadian specific information.

A little more about the Patient and Family Advisory Committee.  We meet about six times per year (in current circumstances through teleconference). During the meetings, members are asked to review and comment on documents that we receive beforehand.  It truly is a wonderful opportunity if you are looking for a way to get involved in the cause, and we are always in search of new members.

The Patient and Family Advisory Committee is made up of cancer survivors and others who are willing to share their stories about the lymphoma.  You have to be willing to speak, from the heart, in front of a group and listen to others’ talk, too. You also have to commit to at least a one year term and participate in a minimum of 4 meetings.  Most importantly, you need to be passionate about serving the lymphoma community, a requirement I can assure that all lymphoma survivors possess.

Lymphoma Canada was founded in 1998 by Patricia Manson after she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. After her diagnosis, she searched for a Canadian organization which focused on lymphoma research and came to realize that no Canadian lymphoma support group existed, so she created one on her own.  Sadly, Manson passed away a short time later on May 29, 1998. Her vision of helping others has lived on through Lymphoma Canada.

Today, over twenty years later, LC continues to focus on lymphoma research, education and awareness in Canada. The organization is a support system for not only patients, their families as well.

The fact of the matter is, you never have to face cancer alone.  Through Lymphoma Canada, patients, their family and friends, medical professionals, researchers, volunteers and donors join together to build a strong community.  This community ultimately conducts research to learn lymphoma’s causes, to develop better treatments, and to find a cure.  Above all, the organization allows people to talk about and cope with cancer.  The hope is that some day, we can eradicate lymphoma and no one will have to suffer with the disease.

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