The goal of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is to help patients with blood cancers live better, longer lives. Cheryl Johnson is the Patient Services Manager for the Northern California and Nevada Region. She says one stumbling block to a patient’s treatment and recovery can be the high cost of treatments and medications that can run into the thousands of dollars a month. Johnson says the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has a financial assistance program to help.
“Last fiscal year we gave back 65,000 dollars to local people in financial aid. In California in the last fiscal year, we gave over two million dollars in copayment assistance. So that’s money that patients have paid out of their pockets, so we’ve reimbursed them.”
Funding for the program comes from fundraising events that the Leukemia Society puts on throughout the year; like cycling, triathlons and marathons. Monies raised through these events also go to medical research.
“In the 1960s, if you were a child diagnosed with cancer at the age of five, you might have had a chance of living until you were in your 20s. Right now the percentage is up in the 80s of children that are living.”
Information on Financial assistance through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is available on their website LLS.org or by calling the society office in Sacramento at (916) 929-4720.