Almost a Million Dollars Raised for Blood Cancer Research

One of the great things about being the media relations coordinator for the Foundation Beyond Belief is getting to send out press releases about amazing accomplishments. For the last two years, FBB has worked with Todd Stiefel and dozens of local groups all over the country to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. And I’m thrilled to announce that we — you — raised almost a million dollars in the first two years of that effort.

Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB), a team of atheists, humanists and religious allies, just completed their second year with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night(R) fundraising campaign. FBB is a national partner in support of LLS’s mission to find cures and ensure access to treatments for patients with blood cancers.

As a Special Friend of Light The Night, FBB has raised $930,000 to date. In their first year, the team raised $430,000, breaking the LTN record for the most money raised by a first-year non-corporate team. With over 80 local teams in the U.S. and Canada, FBB hit their goal of $500,000 in their second year. FBB is returning as a national partner in 2014 to help LLS realize a world without blood cancers.

“Recognizing that anyone can get blood cancer and that these diseases don’t discriminate, brought LLS and FBB together as partners embracing the mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improving the quality of life of patients and their families,” states FBB national team captain, Todd Stiefel.

The Freethought Blogs virtual team raised just over $10,000 of that total, so thank you to everyone who donated. This is humanism in action, making a difference in people’s lives.

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About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • Trebuchet

    That’s awesome. My grandfather died of leukemia and his daughter, my mother, of myelodisplastic syndrome so I have a special interest and made a substantial contribution.

    Which reminds me, I haven’t seen anything about Greta eating bugs and broccoli yet!

  • Artor

    Funny, I don’t see Joe Klein raising a million bucks for cancer research.

  • Dan J

    From someone surviving Hodgkins disease: Thank you to everyone who contributed.