2014 MA Lymphomathon Chair
Michelle Bridge of Dracut, MA, has agreed to continue her role as the Massachusetts Lymphomathon Walk Committee Chair and will lead the Chapter into another successful Walk year. In 2013, the Massachusetts Chapter hosted a record breaking Lymphomathon raising over $123,000. LRF is thrilled to have Michelle back again this year and looks forward to her enthusiasm and ideas. Here is a little of Michelle's story...
Michelle became involved with LRF after her brother was diagnosed in 2010 with non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 33. While researching his diagnosis, she came across www.lymphoma.org, attended a patient program and learned about the Lymphomathon. She signed up as a team captain, raised money and now serves as the Walk Chair. She enjoys interacting with the caring and supportive people on the Committee and feels it is a great way to give back and remove the feeling of helplessness she sometimes experiences as a caregiver. She has found fun and creative ways to fundraise for the Walk such as creating a Casino Night with entertainment, food and raffle prizes.
To connect with Michelle Bridge, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth Naylor featured in Ladies' Home Journal
Elizabeth Naylor, LRF Ambassador and Massachusetts Lymphomathon Committee Member, shares her story in Ladies' Home Journal this month. Elizabeth's story details the fear, denial and perseverance she confronted during her lymphoma journey. As a daughter, wife, young mother and friend, she intimately reveals the realities she faced through her diagnosis and treatment. Read her incredible story of strength and hope against all odds.
If you would like to connect with Elizabeth Naylor, you can email her at email@example.com.
Focus on Lymphoma Mobile App
Focus On Lymphoma is the first mobile application that provides patients and caregivers comprehensive content based on their lymphoma subtype and tools to help manage their diagnosis and treatment. The app allows users to record doctor sessions, manage medications, keep track of blood work results and document treatment side effects. Focus On Lymphoma is available free of charge for download on Apple devices in the Apple App Store and for Android devices on Google Play. You can learn more by visiting www.FocusOnLymphoma.org.
Mike Abrams Named Lymphoma Research Foundation National Leadership Award Recipient
LRF is proud to announce that Mike Abrams, Massachusetts Advocacy Chair, was awarded the Ellen Glesby Cohen Leadership Award at the 18th Annual North American Educational Forum held in September. "I am honored to receive this award from LRF and to be recognized in this way," shared Abrams. "My work with the Foundation in New England and efforts to grow our advocacy presence here are incredibly meaningful to me."
Mike has helped organize efforts to coordinate meetings between members of Congress and lymphoma patients; spearheaded letter to the editor campaigns; and worked on advocate recruitment and education activities. He has also concentrated a great deal of time and energy to helping pass oral chemotherapy parity legislation at the federal level to better ensure oral chemotherapy is affordable.
Congratulations to Mike!
To become more involved in LRF's Massachusetts Chapter advocacy activities contact Mike Abrams, LRF Massachusetts Chapter Advocacy Committee Chair at MikeAbrams35@yahoo.com.
Mass Mutual Lights Red for Blood Cancer Awareness Month
LRF is proud to be a leader in raising public awareness about lymphoma. This past September the Foundation once again hosted events around the country in recognition of Blood Cancer Awareness Month. LRF was honored to count the MassMutual Convention Center among its nation-wide partners for its 2013 Light it Red for Lymphoma campaign. Not only did the MassMutual Convention Center light its façade red, employees also hosted a fundraiser where they wore red to work in honor of all of those touched by lymphoma. Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno joined the MassMutual Convention Center, its employees and the Lymphoma Research Foundation in their efforts to raise awareness for this blood cancer.
To see photos of buildings and landmarks across the country lit red, click here.
Record Breaking Lymphomathon
This year's Massachusetts Lymphomathon was a huge success! Thank you to those who came out to support the Massachusetts Chapter of the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) and to those who generously donated their time and fundraising efforts to helping us raise over $123,000, far exceeding our goal.
LRF would like to send a special thank you to those who made great contributions to this year's Walk: Mark Watson, Chapter President, Michelle Bridge, Walk Chair, Cathy Sanders, Luke Griffin, Susan Noska and all of the volunteers who donated their time on Walk day, for helping to coordinate such a wonderful event. Because of your efforts, walkers enjoyed a gorgeous day at Lake Quannapowitt which included music, food and friendship. The raffle was filled with great raffle prizes including Patriots and Bruins tickets, gym memberships, gift cards and more.
A huge thank you to our Sponsors:
Genentech, San-Tron, Eastern Bank, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Chabaso Bakery, The Fresh Market, Hood, Starbucks, Beacon Hill Athletic Club, J&H Moonwalk, 343 Productions and Jen Bolitho Photography.
Even though the Walk has passed, there is still time to donate. If you are interested in supporting the Massachusetts Chapter, please visit the Lymphomathon webpage to make a contribution.
Thank you once again for making this Walk a huge success and supporting our mission: to eradicate lymphoma and serve those touched by this disease.
To view photos of the walk – click here.
Making a Difference: The LRF Advocacy Program
Our local Advocacy Program focuses on taking action on laws, policies and positions that affect every lymphoma patient and survivor. By contacting elected officials via phone calls, e-mail and letters in support of these priorities, local advocates help LRF to make lymphoma a national health priority.
LRF Advocacy Chairs and Advocacy Committees will plan and lead a letter to the editor writing campaign for their chapter. This campaign can revolve either around coordinating a series of letters to a single publication or working collaboratively to get similar letters published in a number of local media outlets. The campaign strategy should be informed by the number of advocates who will be targeted for participation. LRF will provide template letters on three policy topics for chapters to choose from: federal investment in lymphoma and cancer research; federal funding for the CDC Hematological Cancer Education Program; and U.S. drug shortages. Each Advocacy Chair will select one topic for their chapter to concentrate on for the fall campaign. In addition to template letters, LRF will provide a list of local media outlets.
If you would like to receive information about lymphoma-specific activities taking place in the Massachusetts area, please send an email to Massachusetts@lymphoma.org.
The Massachusetts Chapter is run entirely by volunteers who work together with LRF staff in New York City to make the Chapter such a huge success. If you would like to make a difference, give back or simply become more involved in helping to organize education, support or fundraising activities in the Massachusetts area, please contact: