World Lymphoma Awareness Day 2016
September 15 is World Lymphoma Awareness Day (WLAD) and the Leukaemia Foundation is participating in this international event that focuses on this most commonly diagnosed blood cancer in Australia.
Around 38,000 people Australians have had a lymphoma diagnosis in their lifetime and an estimated 1000 people who are living with lymphoma will attend the Foundation’s WLAD education and support events across the country this year.
WLAD 2016 events will focus on new directions in treatment based on the theme Lymphoma – Personalising Medicine, including:
- genetic profiling of lymphomas
- targeted therapies, and
- CAR T-cell therapy.
Throughout September, medical professionals presenting at WLAD education events will provide accurate, up-to-date and independent information on personalised medicine as part of lymphoma awareness, education and support activities held across the nation.
Lymphoma education sessions
The Leukaemia Foundation will hold a range of education sessions for people affected by lymphoma, both in metropolitan and regional areas during September. These are aimed at lessening fear of the unknown, instilling a sense of hope, offering strategies to improve quality of life, and allowing people to ask questions that they may wish to have answered by someone outside of their treating team.
For more information on WLAD events in your local area, please ask your local support service coordinator, contact the Leukaemia Foundation on 1800 620 420 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit see the WLAD 2016 events calendar.
Spreading the word online
The Foundation will use social media to promote WLAD, so keep an eye out for WLAD activities on our Facebook page, our closed ‘members only’ Lymphoma Network Facebook page, and twitter feed. You are encouraged to share WLAD posts with family and friends.
Lymphoma Network Facebook page
The closed 'members-only' lymphoma Facebook page launched as part of WLAD last year will be further promoted this year. You are invited to join this group to receive treatment/research updates, support, education, and to share and connect with others with lymphoma.
Wear a lymphoma ribbon
The Foundation’s, ‘lymphoma’ ribbons will be available at all our lymphoma education sessions during September for a gold coin donation. We urge people with lymphoma to wear a lymphoma ribbon as a way of connecting with and showing support for other people who are affected by this blood cancer.
‘Lymphoma aware’ badges
‘Lymphoma aware’ badges are for sale during WLAD for $5. These can be worn by people with lymphoma, their family and friends, to raise awareness of lymphoma within their communities. The badges are available from Leukaemia Foundation offices and sale proceeds support our research and the support services we provide at no cost to people with lymphoma.
Please join us in promoting and recognising World Lymphoma Awareness Day 2015 by hosting an event or sharing your experience with lymphoma as a speaker at a WLAD event. Contact Karen Matoga, National Lymphoma Coordinator: email@example.com.
Lymphoma fact sheets
The Leukaemia Foundation produces two issues a year of Lymphoma News, which provides up-to-date information on treatment, clinical trials, research, living well, features a personal story on someone’s experience with lymphoma, and gives details of education and support events across Australia.