The progress and happenings of a Team in Training group in Logan, UT. Running hard through snow and ice to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

LLS Patient Services Programs

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society offers a broad range of services to those who are currently undergoing treatment and their families.

Financial aid through the health insurance co-pay assistance program which helps patients with a blood related cancer pay for their premiums and co-pays for their drugs and certain deductibles. This program has been an extreme success since its inception in 2007.
The Society also provides financial assistance to help patients, with significant financial need, cover some costs associated with transportations, drugs, and treatment.

The Society coordinates and promote family support groups, based on the idea that communication is important throughout the cancer journey. With professional guidance, patients and their family members can discuss their anxieties and concerns with others who share the same experience. This sharing strengthens the family bond and enhances everyone’s ability to cope with cancer.

The Society’s Patient Education Programs help to clarify treatment options and strengthen decision-making and coping skills for patients and their families and is offered to them FREE of charge. Information Specialists, professional social workers and nurses, who are available via our toll free phone number, via email, and even via Live Help online. They provide patients, families, and healthcare professionals with the latest information on leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

First Connection Volunteers share their story of survival with a newly diagnosed patient and their family. Patients and families learn coping skills and gain hope from trained volunteer survivors, who share their special perspective on the recovery process.

The Trish Greene Welcome Back To School Program helps children smoothly transition from treatment back to school. Informative materials, videos, podcasts, and a wealth of literature are available to foster communication among healthcare professionals, parents, young patients and school personnel in preparation for a child’s return to school after cancer treatment.

Society Ambassadors and Advocacy Volunteers participate in grassroots advocacy on behalf of cancer research and federal funding. The LLS promotes advocacy on behalf of all blood cancer patients and bring the voice of patients to the forefront of lawmakers.

For specific questions regarding LLS Patient Service Programs, please contact :
Jessica Drury- DMS Utah Branch Patient Service Manager
(801)-519-6600 ex 25.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Saturday's Run with Ian

What an amazing run we all had last Saturday! A very chilly but beautiful day with blue skys and clear mountain views! We were so lucky to have the Gabler's with us cheering us on along the way.

Ian Gabler is our team honoree. At 7 years old, he was diagnosed with Acute Myologenous Leukemia – a very aggressive form of leukemia. He was given a 6 in 10 survival chance. The treatment that he underwent at Primary Children's Hospital brought him to the brink of death, but ultimately saved his life. In most ways he's now regular 8 year old attending school and playing with his siblings. But he's also a hero.

He and his family have been a great inspiration to our team, reminding us of why we're running and raising money. The Gabler's enthusiasm for this cause shows how important the work the Leukemia and Lymphoma society does for the blood cancer patients and their families.

Ian even braved the cold to ride his bike along with us. What a truly motivating run! I think I speak for all of us that it was such an inspirational experience to have Ian along side truly gives meaning to the reason we are doing this. The whole family joined us after for a bagel breakfast.