Every 90 minutes, someone in Michigan is told they have blood cancer. The statistics point to each one of us knowing an individual or family touched by leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma or another blood related disorder.
While situations never look exactly alike, these diseases suddenly change everything, creating a ripple effect that is often devastating. Patients and their loved ones face an abundance of emotional, financial and social hardship, and that is where Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan (CLF) comes in -- to support them and help them maintain their quality of life throughout the experience.
CLF is a statewide non-profit organization that provides disease information and resources, as well as emotional, financial and social support for adults and children across Michigan who are affected by blood cancer. CLF offers a variety of critical programs and services that help meet patients’ and families’ acute needs.
In 1952, Harry and Sylvia Brown were still mourning the loss of their young daughter who died of leukemia four years before. The reality of her illness was devastating. Even more leveling, however, was struggling through uncertainty, anxiety and worry without support or guidance. In bonding with other families who had also lost a child to blood cancer, the Browns vowed that no one else would have to walk that road alone, and founded CLF in their daughter’s memory.
For almost 70 years, CLF has stepped in to fill this unique need for more than 30,000 Michigan families. Today, we serve more than 3,200 patients and family members across the state, focusing on those in the most critical phase of their journey.
Because our offerings are funded 100% through philanthropy, fundraising is crucial for continuation of CLF’s services. And, because its primary focus is to support patients and families, the majority of funding directly benefits those it serves.