Elinor Schwob and Paul O'Connell from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada told us about the history, programs and research of the organization.  Elinor who is the Southwestern Ontario Area Manager said the 128,000 individuals living with blood cancer have a five times greater life expectance than they would have since the 1960s.  The major fundraising event for the organization is the "Light the Night Walk".  35,000 people participated in the walk on Oct. 24th.  $4.8 Million was raised in Canada and $205,000 was raised by the walk.  To view what the event is like click on the following You tube link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6--6VMk7l4.
 
 
The funds raised by this event help fund support programs, support groups and research. Paul O'Connell who is the medical and scientific engagement manager,  described the types of research now underway.
C-T cell immuno Therapy, Precision medicine targeting an individuals unique cancer, and potential of vaccines for cancer.  Research has been hindered by Covid since researchers must keep social distance and disinfect shared microscopes, etc.  Work is underway using AI to provide information to individuals with targeted information exactly when they need it.
 
There will be a national Leukemia conference Nov. 16 to 20.
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