Duke HMCT Division Team Raises $6,000

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) hosted its annual Light The Night in Durham on Saturday, Oct. 24. Led by co-captains Arati Rao, MD, and Melanie Wright, Duke HMCT Division Team raised more than $6,000 to support the society and its quest to fund blood cancer research.

"This was the first time our division had organized an official team for the walk," said Gabriel Alcantara, MBA, administrator for the Division of Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy. "It was a great way to bring both our hematologic malignancies and ABMT sections together in support of this great cause. We grew our team by reaching out to both our inpatient and outpatient clinical areas. We also connected with patients and their families by setting up a booth at our annual ABMT Patient Reunion."

Approximately 1.2 million Americans are living with a blood cancer. The society is dedicated to finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. The annual walk event celebrates and commemorates lives touched by cancer.

For more than 65 years, LLS has invested more than $1 billion to advance cancer therapies. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is currently funding more than 300 academic research grants around the world and more than $2.9 million in North Carolina – approximately $1 million of that supports research at Duke. For more information on the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, visit LLS.