Society's annual fundraising walks held nationwide in the fall to raise funds.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society named Kerry Carmody, Administrator for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Chair of its annual Light The Night(r) Walk, the Society's annual fundraising walks held nationwide in the fall to raise funds for cancer research and patient services. Last year the walk at Bridgeport Park raised over $50,000 for patient services and cancer research.
Kerry Carmody pointed out that survival rates for some forms of blood cancer have improved dramatically over the past 45 years, but still, too many patients are dying. In 1964, a patient with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of the disease to strike children, had only a 3 percent chance of living five years, while in 2001, the five year survival rate jumped to 86 percent.
Yet, more than 22,000 people died from leukemia in 2005. "Every five minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer; every 10 minutes someone dies from these diseases," Kerry said. "More than 54,000 people died of these diseases last year and that is far too many. The Light The Night campaign helps bring hope to thousands of patients and their families."
Carmody is dedicated to community outreach and support, in addition to ensuring Providence Holy Cross provides the highest quality health care services available. Carmody has been administrator of Providence Holy Cross for the past seven years and was recently named the Valley's "Administrator of the Year" by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.
To find out more about forming a team, contact the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at (310) 216 – 7600 or www.lightthenight.org