As many of you will recall, Beasley Allen lawyers and staff recently had the opportunity to work with a tremendous organization, Magic Moments, to provide a 6-year-old boy, TJ Esco, from Tallassee, Ala., with a trip to Disney World. TJ was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2015 and has been battling the disease ever since. Along with Magic Moments, there are many other organizations that provide tremendous support to cancer victims and their families. It was brought to my attention recently that one of our lawyers, John Tomlinson, made a generous donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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 is the leading source of free, highly specialized blood cancer information, education and support for patients, survivors, families and health care professionals. This support is provided to patients in their communities through chapters across the U.S. and Canada. LLS has a very active Alabama/Gulf Coast chapter. According to LLS, an estimated combined total of 171,550 people in the US were expected to be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2016. New cases of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma are expected to account for 10.2 percent of the estimated 1,685,210 new cancer cases diagnosed in the US in 2016.
Through his work with clients in our Toxic Torts section, John has seen the devastating effects of leukemia and lymphoma caused by benzene and other carcinogenic chemicals caused by environmental and occupational exposure. As we have reported in previous issues, studies have linked benzene exposure to leukemia, as to well as other forms of cancer. I would encourage our readers to follow John’s lead and get involved in some manner with this organization by donating or volunteering time. For further information regarding the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, you can go to their website at www.lls.org.
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