September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month – a crucial time to remember that every 90 minutes someone in Michigan learns they have blood cancer, which equates to 5,900 new diagnoses in the state each year. Whether it’s an adult or child, a diagnosis of lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, or any other blood-related disease, creates a sudden, seismic shift in the course of one’s life – and the impact is felt by the entire family.
This year, in recognition of Blood Cancer Awareness Month, The Blood Cancer Foundation of Michigan (BCF) is creating awareness of what patients and families face beyond coming to terms with a life-threatening illness, including some very real emotional and practical challenges. For example, they may have treatment side effects, no way to get to appointments, financial worries, a need to stop working, or feel scared, isolated and depressed.
For almost 70 years, our mission has been to help any Michigan child, adult or family affected by blood cancer untangle the chaos, gain control over their situation, avoid additional challenges, and to come out more resilient on the other end. Our Patient Services Coordinators deliver our mission by providing personalized education, guidance and support – from the time of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.
Currently, BCF supports more than 3,100 families across Michigan, and we’re experiencing a surge in requests for services.