(I know. I'm late with the Saturday blog. It doesn't seem to take much to get behind when you write a daily blog. I'll see if I can't get us caught up today.)
As many of us here in Denver cheer on much-beloved and beautiful local actress, singer, and dancer Kendra Jacobs in her battle with leukemia, I wanted to share a little bit of information with you about leukemia and other blood cancers.
Blood cancers make up about 9% of all diagnosed cancers every year.
Every four minutes another person is diagnosed with a blood cancer.
It is estimated that over 50,000 people in the U.S. died last year from blood cancers. That's roughly six people every hour - one person every ten minutes.
The good news is that those numbers are better than a decade ago, and the rate of survival is improving significantly, due in no small part to advances in cancer research.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is one organization funding that research. LLS also provides resources and support to people diagnosed with blood cancers.
As always, there are plenty of ways that you can help.
Keep fighting, Kendra. We've got your back.