About Us

Join a community of people who understand what you’re going through…

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Community is an online community of people living with or supporting someone with blood cancer. LLS Community is a place for you to get connected and share your voice to drive change.

How can LLS Community help? 

GET SUPPORT - Connect with others who have been through it. LLS Community is a place to talk with other people affected by blood cancers. 

GET INFORMED - Get access to valuable information, education, and resources available to support you. The information on LLS community is accurate, up-to-date, and from a trusted source.

MAKE AN IMPACT - Too often, traditional research has excluded your voice, the voice that matters most. LLS Community relies on your experiences and insights to drive program development and research studies that address the needs and real-world challenges of patients living with blood cancer. 

LLS Community is about participation. Our job is to translate the community’s voice into powerful, real-world research. By being a part of LLS Community, you contribute to:

  • a vibrant sharing of information
  • the discovery of trends and insights about blood cancer and the cancer experience
  • research that will help improve care and help find cures 

How can you get involved in LLS Community?

  1. Complete your profile information: this helps our staff and researchers learn from your real-world experiences and helps LLS Community target appropriate surveys and resources to you. 
  2. Answer Question of the Day: learn and discuss with the community—all while driving needed research. 
  3. Join a group: where you share experiences and get information relevant to you.

Listen to LLS staff member and CLL survivor, Dr. Larry Saltzman, as he walks you through LLS Community’s features, shows you how you can get the most out of your experience, and explains why it’s important to participate.

LLS Community has been initiated to honor the memory of Michael Garil

In 1974, at the age of seven Michael Garil was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  For the next seven years he underwent continuous treatment. After numerous relapses his only hope was an experimental bone-marrow transplant at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The transplant cured his leukemia but the trauma of the transplant combined with the years of chemotherapy and radiation created very serious side effects. It was the cumulative result of those effects that led to his death at the age of 39. 

During his life Michael shared his experiences with many in the hope that from his experiences others could be spared from these devastating side effects of his treatment. To continue what Michael started, his parents Ethel and Bernard Garil have generously supported the creation of the LLS Community in his memory. Watch Ethel and Bernard Garil speak about the LLS Community vision.