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Alicia Talarico

President, LLSC

Without years of research that lays the groundwork, no new discoveries would ever be possible.

Year after year, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) invests in research projects that take on the toughest challenges in blood cancer.

We recognize scientists whose work will contribute to the tremendous momentum in blood cancer research and yield groundbreaking results in treating patients and extending lives.

We also fund projects that support innovative approaches that may fundamentally change our understanding, diagnosis and treatment of blood cancers.

We’re making progress on so many fronts. New treatment options, precision medicine and immunotherapies are improving the odds and extending lives. 

Light the Night Toronto (Photo credit: Chris Payne)

Each year, more than 35,000 Canadians participate in Light The Night Walk events across the country to show their support for those affected by a blood cancer. In 2018, Light The Night raised over $6.5 million which helped fund a record number of research grants.

Light The Night is an extraordinary event that brings together communities to help advance life-saving research. Together, we bring help and hope to people affected by blood cancers and their families.

This year, we have teamed up with Max Parrot, Canadian professional snowboarder and 2018 Olympic Games silver medalist, to help accelerate blood cancer cures.

“I wish to raise as much money and awareness as possible for blood cancer research and programs that assist patients and their families. My goal is to inspire Canadians to support this cause until we find a cure.”

– Max Parrot

Max was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in December 2018, ten days after undergoing a biopsy. He recently completed chemotherapy to treat the disease. Max will walk in solidarity with the blood cancer community at Light The Night Walk in October.

When it comes to cancer, there are no easy answers.

But one thing I know for sure is that when we focus our efforts on research and new discoveries, we help improve outcomes for Canadians living with a blood cancer.

Help us find more answers and better treatments.

Light the Night Toronto (Photo credit: Chris Payne)
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