Health Hero Giving Day


Be a health hero! People impacted by life-altering health diagnoses need your help. By making a gift on Health Hero Giving Day, hosted by United Way of the Midlands and the Combined Health Agencies Drive on Feb. 24th, you can provide them with the hope and support they need to navigate difficult health challenges. Scroll down to learn more about the 21 participating CHAD health agencies and make your gift today!

United Way of the Midlands has been a proud partner of Combined Health Agencies Drive since 1987.


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Nebraska Chapter

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Agency Name: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Nebraska Chapter


Why your gift is needed:

The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. We are the voice for all blood cancer patients, and we work to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.

  • Statewide, 12,156 people have been diagnosed with a blood cancer and nationwide, that number is 1,237,824.
  • Every 3 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer.

What your gift will do:

  • $10 funds one monthly session of one family support group.
  • $25 provides partial reimbursement for daily living expenses incurred by a family whose loved one is undergoing a bone marrow transplant in Omaha.
  • $50 provides materials for one classroom enrolled in the Student Series program and allows for an active "Staying Connected" program for the school.
  • $100 allows one researcher to grow cells in a lab for ten weeks in an effort to better understand how a new blood cancer therapy may work.
  • $250 provides one month of information and referral services and peer support contact via the First Connection Program.
  • $500 provides support for two "TeleHealth" program transmissions for patient/family education programs statewide.

Agency Summary:

  • Patient advocacy for blood patients and their families: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society advocates public policy positions that accelerate progress toward cures for leukemia, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma, and improves the quality of life of those with blood cancer, along with their friends and families.
  • Statewide co-pay, transportation and emergency financial assistance programs benefit patients and their families.
  • Information Resource Center (IRC) 800.955.4572 (M-F, 9am to 9pm ET): Speak one-on-one with an Information Specialist who can assist you through cancer treatment, financial and social challenges and give accurate, up-to-date disease, treatment and support information. Our Information Specialists are master's level oncology social workers, nurses and health educators.
  • Medical research is funded by our donors and conducted by outstanding scientists at the forefront of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma research.
  • Support groups and telephone support are for anyone affected by blood cancers and are free.
  • First Connection peer-to-peer support program is for newly diagnosed patients: Patients and families are able to speak one-on-one with a matched trained peer volunteer who has gone through a similar diagnosis, treatment or experience.
  • Meet the Doctors program: Patients are able to come and talk with doctors that are part of the UNMC ASH Review. They are able to hear about what is going on in the world of cancer and ask questions.

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