Fighting Cancer During a Worldwide Pandemic

Joe Marks
Published on April 29, 2020

Fighting Cancer During a Worldwide Pandemic

In this season of uncertainty, it is good to be reminded of the awesome things happening in our world. In the latest Joe Knows Madison episode, I talk with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Madison Campaign Manager Kim Lanzel as well as this year’s candidate for All-Star of the Year, Madison’s Zeus Arreguin! They have some big goals to help bring an end to this disease and during these unprecedented times some challenges to overcome. You can hear all about it in this inspiring and real interview. Thank you Kim and Zeus for coming on the show! You reminded me of how much good is still happening, even during a time when the world is filled with fear.

In talking with Kim, I was amazed to learn how many people have been affected by blood cancer. The statistics she gave were staggering! Every 3 minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer and every 9 minutes someone loses their battle with the disease. Through the efforts of organizations like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the goal is to bring those numbers down and to support patients and their families as they navigate life post diagnoses.

The 3 core focuses of the LLS define who they are and what they are about.

1 – Research – With so many people suffering from different types of blood cancers, the need for research to discover new and better treatments is crucial. Kim said that since it’s creation, the LLS has poured over $1.3 billion dollars into researching treatments for blood cancer, including funding a local researcher at UW Madison!

2 – Patient Services – The LLS is committed to supporting patients and their families through many free services including family support groups, local blood cancer conferences aimed at educating patients and their families about the newest developments from researchers and doctors who are experts in their field,  financial assistance programs, and their support hotline, Information Resource Center, which provides patients and their families with live experts to talk with regarding their questions as they move through the treatment process.

3 – Advocacy – The LLS is the voice of their patients! Depending on legislation that’s being created, the LLS helps advocate for their patients on both a local and national level. 

With such a lofty mission, it makes sense that local chapters would be necessary to accomplish the goals of the LLS. This is where All Star of the Year Candidate, Zeus Arreguin comes in. Through the efforts of local chapters and individuals, the LLS is raising funds to further their cause.

This year, The Madison chapter of LLS is taking on the “All star” campaign for fundraising – a past local candidate is nominated to represent Madison’s chapter on a national level with 40-50 candidates from around the U.S. to raise funds and get the word out about LLS and their mission.  The campaign runs through June and with the current pandemic situation, fundraisers from around the U.S. are getting creative in their solutions for bringing awareness to this campaign. The Madison chapter’s goal for this campaign is to raise $100,000 for this cause!  Way to go Zeus, and the Madison chapter of LLS!

If you’d like to get involved or learn more about Zeus and his goals for the All Star campaign, check out