Support LLS, via a dear friend…

Not exactly "CAR-T news" per se, but…

A dear friend of ours, Laura Housley, was diagnosed with leukemia 17 years ago, and was saved by an allogeneic stem cell transplant (SCT).  In fact, she indirectly saved my life as well.  Almost five years ago, Laura recommended that I begin seeing the transplant specialist at the John Theurer Cancer Center of Hackensack Hospital.  It was he who in 2014 first recommended my enrollment in a CAR-T trial, over his own SCT treatment.  (I'd never even heard of CAR-T the first time he mentioned it.)  I owe Laura and him my life.

Since her recovery, Laura has gone on to do a lot of fundraising for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and was nominated and named their Woman of the Year, for her role as a spokeswoman and fundraiser for the Society. She still offers support to patients about to undergo a SCT.  You can read her blog post for LLS here:

In November, Laura's daughter Sara, who is now in college, will be running for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's team, in the New York City Marathon.  If you're interested in donating, please see Sara's fundraising page:

(LLS is truly a worthy cause for present and future leukemia and lymphoma patients.  Donations to LLS contributed to CAR-T's development, and they have a very informative, helpful CAR-T page here.)

— Ben




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