Governor Larry Hogan today issued a statewide proclamation announcing September as National Blood Cancer Awareness Month in Maryland. To raise awareness and support for all those affected by the various types of blood cancer, the governor will also host an American Red Cross blood drive and bone marrow registry at the State House onSeptember 15 – World Lymphoma Day – where a Bloodmobile will be set up to take donations. Government House will also be lit red on September 15 in support of the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s “Light it Red for Lymphoma” movement.
“Showing your support for those affected by cancer – by raising awareness, giving blood, or participating in a bone marrow registry – is critical in helping others who are fighting the battle of their lives,” said Governor Hogan. “My own battle with cancer has shown me firsthand that cancer has no boundaries and affects nearly everyone in some way, and I encourage all Marylanders to join our efforts to support those affected by this terrible disease.”
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be set up on School Street, in front of Government House, from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PMon Thursday, September 15. The blood drive and bone marrow registry will benefit the American Red Cross, There Goes My Hero, and Delete Blood Cancer.
In June 2015, Governor Hogan was diagnosed with stage III non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Since then, he has committed to raising awareness and resources to help support those who are fighting all forms of cancer and has been involved in numerous cancer outreach initiatives. The governor has been especially active in campaigns that raise awareness for pediatric cancer and support for childhood cancer patients, such as the Ronald McDonald House and the Cool Kids Campaign. In November 2015, Governor Hogan announced that he was 100% cancer-free and in complete remission.
According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), an estimated 1,237,824 people in the United States are living with or are in remission from leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma, with an estimated 171,550 new cases expected to be diagnosed in 2016. In the United States, one person is diagnosed with a blood cancer approximately every 3 minutes.
For more information about blood cancers, please visit www.lls.org.