Every 4 minutes, someone new is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every 10 minutes, someone dies. Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children under the age of 20. Harsh realities. Jack Wagner has an extremely personal connection to this group of diseases.
“I lost my father in 1990 to multiplemyeloma and in 1999 my brother Dennis was diagnosed with leukemia. He has relapsed four separate times, during each of which he endured chemotherapy and the challenges that come along with recovery. In 2007, Dennis received a complete bone marrow transplant and is still fighting a daily battle against complications associated with this procedure.”
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Their mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Over the past seven years, Jack’s efforts have raised more than $1 million to fund lifesaving blood cancer research and critical patient services. Jack donated his winnings from an appearance on a celebrity edition of Wheel of Fortune to LLS. This led to his partnership with the organization to create The Annual Jack Wagner Celebrity Golf Classic. Jack continues to be a voice for LLS whenever the opportunity arises. This includes lending his face to their promotionalcampaign and taking part in Light the Night events.
Jack says of his commitment to LLS, “I’ve been fortunate enough to play a lot of different characters, but my most important role is helping raise awareness and funds to cure blood cancer…Let Dennis be an example to us all that our efforts truly make a difference. He is still with us today because of new lifesaving treatments, but we must still push for a cure.”
Help Jack in his fundraising efforts by making a tax-deductible donation to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.