AIDS LYMPHOMA GROUP
Copyright 2005 Lymphoma Coalition
[ September 13th 2005 ]
the second World Lymphoma Awareness Day (WLAD),
50 people from 15 countries are preparing to tell
their stories of how lymphoma has affected their
lives. These people and their accounts of survival
will serve as 'Beacons of Hope' for all those
affected by lymphoma.
effort to increase the awareness of lymphoma,
countries around the world are hosting activities
such as, the illumination of buildings or landmarks,
candlelight vigils and photography competitions.
Lymphoma, a cancer of the blood kills nearly 200,000
people every year, yet remains one of the most
poorly publicly recognised forms of cancer.
global event held in London, photographs of the
'Beacons of Hope' will be shown on The Shell Building,
a landmark adjacent to the world famous London
Eye, beginning on 13 September and ending on World
Lymphoma Awareness Day, 15 September 2005. WLAD
is an initiative of the Lymphoma Coalition, a
network of patient groups from around the world.
Coalition members have nominated the 'Beacons
of Hope' because of the great strength and courage
they have shown in tackling or supporting others
with lymphoma. All 'Beacons' send a call to action
for people around the world to be aware of the
disease and its symptoms.
of Hope' include celebrities: model and TV personality,
McAndrew (UK); singer and songwriter, Darius
Danesh (UK); actress Nati Mistral (Spain); professional
hockey player Mario Lemieux (Canada); opera star,
Anthony Warlow (Australia); and rock star, Fernando
von Arb (Switzerland).
living proof that lymphoma can be treated and
doesn't have to be a death sentence. I didn't
even know what lymphoma was when the doctors diagnosed
me - I thought I had no future," said 'Beacon
of Hope' Vickie Maye, a reporter for the Irish
now been in remission for three years and just
gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, which I never
thought would happen. I am so proud to be a 'Beacon
of Hope' and am grateful for this opportunity
to educate the public about lymphoma."