One of our favorite things to do is get involved in our local community. We like to eat at local restaurants, drink local beer, work with local businesses and support local charities. While we can go on and on about our favorite places to grab a bite across the Queen City (maybe in a blog post in the future?), today we’re going to focus on where we like to give back and, if you like, some ways you can work with us to give back too.
We’re excited to be partnering with the North Carolina Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to help raise money for their research. LLS’s missions is simple: To cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Doggett is participating in the Agency of the Year Challenge, a friendly competition to see which of Charlotte’s top advertising agencies can raise the most donations for LLS, all culminating at the Charlotte gala on June 1st. As you know though, everyone wins when cancer loses.
Why We Help
If you need another reason to get involved, just look at Emmaline here, LLS North Carolina Chapter’s Girl of the Year.
In 2016, Emmaline’s parents noticed a swollen lymph node on her neck and after a few months of ruling things out, a biopsy showed that at age 4, she had Burkitt’s Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
She started 4.5 rounds of chemo right away. She quit preschool, gymnastics, and play dates. She spent much of the 5 months in and out of the hospital. She lost all her hair and much of her body mass. But she never lost her sweet personality and fierce fight. Thanks to people who donated to cancer research 20 years ago, Emmaline’s chemo worked and she is now in remission, although the effects of all the chemo gives her 8 times more chance to get diseases and cancer in her future, high chance of learning disability, problems with memory and attention, and slowed development. She has a higher chance of seizures, vision problems, hearing problems, thyroid issues, bone problems, and heart issues. The list goes on and the point is that the war against her cancer goes on, even though she won her battle in 2016.
However, today we celebrate her life. June 2019 will mark 3 years as a survivor. She is back in gymnastics and is doing well in school.
How To Get Involved
Even if you have just a few minutes, there are several ways to get involved to make a difference.
- Donate Here. Any amount is appreciated and will make a difference in someone’s life.
- Enter our office raffle to win an ipad! Every donation of $50 is an entry to win. Please donate at our fundraising page here. Winner randomly selected on May 30th.
- Purchase a table at the gala, or go in on a table with clients or friends. Tables are $3,000 and include 10 tickets to the gala. Purchase a table here.
Would you consider helping our team and take one small step towards beating cancer forever? Thanks to your support, our efforts will help fund therapies and treatments that are saving lives.
In addition to these opportunities, any tax-deductible contribution can be made to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Every three minutes, a new patient is diagnosed with a form of blood cancer. These donations are critical to saving lives. LLS is responsible for funding 15 out of 17 new FDA-approved blood cancer treatments in 2017 alone.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Overview
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is dedicated to providing care and research for individuals and families impacted by blood cancers. LLS has the distinct honor of being the largest funder of medical research on blood cancers with an estimated $1.2 billion invested towards a cure. Epic Notion’s Vice President Mike Wall has been nominated for the “Man of the Year” award from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s North Carolina Chapter and is eager to raise money for this important cause.
LLS is a non-profit created to assist patients and families who are affected by lymphoma, leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. A major part of fundraising efforts go directly to medical research as a way to search for both a cure and new treatment options to improve the quality of life for patients. In 2018 alone, LLS donated $46 million toward life-saving research efforts.
Patient outreach is another key part of the foundation’s mission. The goal of LLS is to one day find a cure and eliminate all blood cancers. While their efforts are ongoing, LLS assists patients and families in getting the assistance they need before, during and after their diagnosis. LLS sponsors both in-person and online support groups for patients and families. The organization also assists patients with navigating the complexities involved with managing healthcare claims and coverage amounts. Information specialists are made available to answer any and all questions a blood cancer patient may have about their care plans.
Advocacy for affordable and quality healthcare is another component of the LLS mission. LLS has a team of advocates that work tirelessly to get policies changed in order to break down barriers that could be stopping blood cancer patients from getting the treatment they need. More than 33 percent of patients with blood cancers do not survive five years following their diagnosis. LLS aims to increase survival rates by ensuring patients are able to access new cutting-edge blood cancer therapies.