This is the first year that the organization is organizing a World Lymphoma Awarness Day Committee. World Lymphoma Awareness Day (WLAD) is held on September 15 every year and is a day dedicated to raising public awareness of lymphoma cancer. WLAD was initiated in 2004 to raise public awareness of both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in terms of symptom recognition, early diagnosis, and treatment. It is a global initiative that receives participation from 49 lymphoma patient groups throughout 36 countries around the world who conduct activities in honour of this day.
One million people worldwide live with lymphoma and nearly 1,000 people are diagnosed with the disease every day, but there continues to be very little awareness of the signs and symptoms of lymphoma. The incidence rate for lymphoma, which continues to be a life-threatening disease, is on the rise. The committee will be comprised of knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and committed individuals who provide support in raising awareness in their communities around Canada and soliciting sponsorships.
Committee members are required to attend planning meetings and assist with seeking out sponsorship opportunities for the WLAD, which generally involves between 5 to 10 hours per month.
- A passion for volunteering and for making a difference in the lives of those touched by lymphoma
- Collaborative interpersonal and teamwork skills
- Organizational skills, with experience in planning and executing events
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Interest in event planning and execution experience
- Intimate knowledge of own community
- Creative problem solver, with an ability to think “outside of the box”.