Light the Night for Blood Cancer Awareness

Having blood cancer is tough. Having blood cancer now is even tougher. Blood Cancer Awareness Month in September provides an opportunity to remind the public about the urgent need to support research to fight this deadly disease — a disease that is diagnosed every three minutes in the U.S. and has no current means of prevention. As the global leader in the fight against blood cancer, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is working tirelessly to find cures and provide more support for blood cancer patients and families than any organization in the world.

McAfee & Taft supports our colleagues, family and friends touched by these devastating diseases through organizations like Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its annual fundraising campaign Light The Night. This year’s Light The Night will be a virtual event — held online on October 22 for both Tulsa and Oklahoma City — “bringing light to the darkness of cancer by honoring and remembering those touched by cancer and by rallying VIRTUALLY as a community in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission.”

In this video, McAfee & Taft attorneys Bill Freudenrich and Joe Lewallen discuss why these events and efforts are so important and the special significance for them and their families.

Bill Freudenrich: “Well, this event is important to me because I started treatment for blood cancer, multiple myeloma, in 2014. In 2014, there were only two treatment options, and that was one drug protocol and the stem cell transplant. Neither one of those worked for me. However, when I was so discouraged after the transplant didn’t work, the doctors in MD Anderson said, ‘Don’t worry, we haven’t had a new protocol in over 12 years. However, we have incredible timing because there’s six new drugs coming out on the market in the next two years. And you can start a clinical trial tomorrow.’ And I started a clinical trial. And I’ve been on five of those six new drugs, and so that’s really important to me.”

Joe Lewallen: “Well, this cause is important to us. So, we lost my oldest son when he was almost ten years old. He was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia right before his second birthday. So, we had about eight years of bone marrow transplants and that sort of thing, chemotherapy, and finally he passed away right before he was ten. So, this is helping to fund research to try to cure that so that other people don’t have to go through what we did.”

If you would like to contribute to this year’s fundraising efforts: