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You're the Reason Blood Cancer Patients are Not Just Surviving, But Living


RUSH: Now, folks, imagine this, if you will.  A doctor walks into the waiting room and says, "We found out what it was.  Your son has cancer.  It's leukemia."  In another hospital, the doctor is heard saying, "I'm sorry, your daughter has lymphoma."  Last year there were 54,000 deaths from the blood cancers -- leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma -- 150,000 new cases of these diseases are diagnosed every four minutes, and 1.1 million Americans are now fighting for their lives against these killers. 

And it just happens. 

There is no warning sign. 

There's no preexisting condition.  There's no telltale that you can prepare for.  It just one day you could be 65 and something doesn't feel right, you go in, and that's the diagnosis.  Same thing with your child.  It just happens.  It doesn't know white from black, rich from poor.  It doesn't know. The disease doesn't know from anything.  It just hits.  And every time it does, it's the shock of a lifetime. 

Nobody goes into the doctor or the hospital expecting to hear that.  Some of the other cancers, they do.  Breast cancer, there might be indication other kinds, but leukemia and the blood cancers just pop up.  Now, today's our 24th annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Cure-A-Thon, and we are going to strike another blow against these killers today.  In last year's show, the focus of the information we imparted was all about survival.

But today there's a new generation of these cancer patients that aren't just surviving.  More and more of them are actually living, living their lives again, as they were before falling to leukemia and lymphoma and myeloma.  The reason that this is truthful, the reason I can tell you this -- the reason that they are living, not just surviving -- is you. 

I cannot emphasize that enough. 

It's not a suck-up. 

It's the truth.

Thanks to you and your support and your generosity through these 24 years, we have seen a slew of medical advances in that time.  These patients, they're all still hoping for a cure, and they always will.  But in the meantime, they're grabbing for as much life as they can while they can.  And we can't stop now because things are turning our way. 

Now, there's nobody that's going to stop; nobody wants to.  It's just that progress is being made.  An attitude of optimism and positiveness is required here, because there are no payoffs from all of this that are quantifiable.  Your donations have funded some of the most amazing breakthroughs, turning the corner on these diseases with new treatments -- and in some cases, there are actual cures. 

Do you know that one-third of all child cancer deaths are from leukemia?  One-third.  Imagine being told that there is a 40% chance that you will not see your son or your daughter enter high school.  Can you imagine that?  It happens.  Or you've got myeloma. You've got a 50-50 chance seeing your daughter off to college.  It used to be worse than that, folks.  It was not 50-50 or 40%.  The numbers were much smaller. 

That's why we're here today. 

Once again, go to RushLimbaugh.com and our Cure-A-Thon page. See a great example of someone who, with your help, has battled her cancer back into remission, and she's not stopping.  We have a couple of videos on the site now that you can see.  You can actually see people who have been affected and who have been helped and are making progress.  She living in every sense of the word. 

So this is it. This is the one day a year where we ask you: Donate now at RushLimbaugh.com or 877-379-8888.


RUSH: Here's Ron in Seattle.  You're next on the EIB Network.  Hello, sir.

CALLER:  Yes.  Good morning, Rush. It's a pleasure to talk to you.  Mega dittos for everything that you do.  I've been listening to you for 20 years and have 20 years' worth of questions.  I'm putting that all aside today because of your day raising funds for leukemia and lymphoma.  I want to, first of all, thank you for doing that. 

It's a tremendous cause and a tremendous outpouring of support for that.  I greatly appreciate it.  One thing I wanted to mention, too, for those people with limited funds like myself. I gave dollars to it. But more importantly what I do is I am a bone marrow donor, and I've been doing this for the last 12 years.

RUSH:  How many times a year can you do that?

CALLER:  Well, you basically get tested to make sure you're a certain type and you know what the process is going to entail, and then you just wait to be contacted. 

RUSH:  A-ha.

CALLER:  When there is a match, or what they believe is a match, they go through additional testing.

RUSH:  Well, what is the procedure?

CALLER:  The procedure is pretty straightforward.  First of all, you go to an event where there are raising awareness for bone marrow donations.

RUSH:  No, no. I mean the actual bone marrow extraction, the actual medical procedure. What is it?

CALLER:  Right.  It's actual pretty straightforward.  Several days before the actual extraction you will be given a number of drugs to raise the amount of marrow and its activity in the system prior to the donation.  It requires an overnight or sometimes two days in a hospital under general anesthesia.  They'll put you out, they'll do the extraction, and that will be it.

RUSH:  From where?  I mean, bone marrow is inside the bone.  How do they go get it? Where do they get it?

CALLER:  Typically it's on the larger bones where they will get that.

RUSH:  Your hip?

CALLER:  Right.  I have been at that point where I was almost a donor but it wasn't a close enough match for that.

RUSH:  Well, this is one thing. I'm glad you brought this up, because bone marrow transplants are one of the really fascinating advances in treating the blood cancers, and they also have had ancillary benefits.  Like myeloma.  Myeloma is cancer of the plasma cells that begins in the bone marrow.  That's what myeloma is.  It touches 88,000 today at this very moment -- 88,000! 

There are, in total, 148,000 new cases of blood cancers every year, and 54,000 deaths.  Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph system, and 79,000 people are diagnosed every year with 731,000 living with it.  That used to be a death sentence.  One of the worst diagnoses you could get was lymph cancer.  Now 731,000 people are not just surviving, living.  Myeloma is the cancer of the plasma cells that begins in the bone marrow.

Leukemia is cancer of the bone marrow and the blood. Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults under 20, leukemia, and it just pops up.  There's no genetic indication or trace for it.  It just out of the blue. One day you're as healthy as you can be. The next day, something's not right. It goes on for week, you go get checked, and bam! 

It's heart stopping.  


RUSH: Tim in Mount Vernon, Missouri.  You're next.  Great to have you on the program.  Hello.

CALLER:  Dittos, Rush, from Mount Vernon, Missouri.

RUSH:  Thank you, sir.

CALLER:  I don't always agree with you, but you always agree with me.

RUSH:  I'll take it.

CALLER:  (laughing)  Hey, I was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia about three and a half years ago, and I've had a round of Rituxan made from mouse blood -- yes, mouse blood -- and I'm on Imbruvica now, which is $100 a pill, and three pills a day for the next six months. So I'm not the million-dollar man, but I'm about a third-of-a-million-dollar man right now.

RUSH:  Wait, wait. Wait just a second.  Did you say Rituxan?

CALLER:  Rituxan.

RUSH:  Rituxan comes from mouse blood.  Is it effective? Is it chemo, stereotypical chemo that you're getting?

CALLER:  It's handled just like chemo except it's not termed chemo.  I've carried my chart where my blood, my white blood cell count was 90,000. After a sixth of a dose of that and a half a dose of that the next week, it was down to normal levels. It's been there ever since.

RUSH:  It's a $100 a pill, and you would say that you are living in addition to surviving this, right?

CALLER:  Yes, sir.  Let me back up.  The Rituxan was up $14,000 a bag.  I've had about 20 bags of it.  The pills I'm on now, Imbruvica, was released like two months ago. Those are $100 a pill, and it's three pills a day.

RUSH:  Well, it's incredible.  If this had happened to you some years ago, your consequences would be different.  That's the point here.  But listen to the cost. It's $14,000 a bag for the medicine that's required here, and none of this is guaranteed covered.  It's like we had the story.

In Obamacare sometimes you can get insurance, but sometimes you can't get treated.  It's so convoluted.  This is another reason why, folks, what you do matters so much.  It's why you call 877-379-8888 or go to RushLimbaugh.com and donate.  You made it possible for people like Tim in Mount Vernon, Missouri, to continue to live.  It's really no more complicated than that.  That's an amazing thing.

I've often been amazed, folks. People diagnosed with cancer, they just amaze me. They just accept it.  You have to, but some people you would think they would crumble.  Most of the people that I've known -- and it's probably the same case with you -- they gut it up and then they start trying to figure what they have to do. Again, that's another reason why what you do is so important. 

But the donations that you've made over the course of the years have expanded people's options, and turned their survivability into livability for all of these blood cancers.  And I guarantee you that every one of them out there that has this disease who's listening today has pronounced appreciation for all of you in this audience who've made it possible for them to deal with this. 


RUSH:  Again, it doesn't take a lot from everybody.  A lot from a lot of people accomplishes the objective and the goal, and it's such a worthy cause and there's so much progress being made. 

In the final hour of the program today I want to detail for you some of the progress, some of the things have been happening, progress. I want to give details learned about some of these blood cancers. The big theme today that we've want to impart is I want to make sure that every one of you know that you are not donating in a vacuum. 

Every one of you, when you go to RushLimbaugh.com, or use PayPal, or call 877-379-8888, you've made a difference. You've heard this phrase "make a difference," right? Well, you are.  You are enabling people to go beyond surviving diagnosis of one of these diseases and enabling them to actually live. 

There's a difference in surviving and living, and more and more people diagnosed are actually living.  They are going through a normal daily routine while getting treatment, rather than just surviving.  It is, as they say, a beautiful thing.  It's an amazing thing we do once a year, and not even a full three hours a year, and it's phenomenal. 

Everybody involved has such gratitude for you.  I don't want to overdo that because we spent a lot of time the first hour, and I don't want to take a few days from the sincerity of it.  I just struggle for ways to say it.  I don't know how to say it any other way than I have.  I just can't tell you the warm glow and the awe, I guess, that I experience when so many of you participate and come through the way you do. 

It's awe inspiring.  


RUSH: Now, as you know, this is the final hour of the 24th annual Cure-A-Thon for leukemia and lymphoma.  And what is this?  You know the basics here: What is leukemia?  What is multiple myeloma?  Leukemia is cancer of the bone marrow.  They're all blood cancers but they differ in some ways.  Cancer of the bone marrow and the blood, leukemia, causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults under 20. 

One-third of cancer deaths for children are from leukemia, and yet leukemia actually kills 10 times as many adults.  As I said, there isn't any precursor. There's nothing you can not do to avoid it.  It just happens.  One day you're not feeling well or a week goes by. You go to the doctor and the doctor comes out and says, "You have leukemia."  That's the way people find out about it. 

Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph system, and 79,000 people were diagnosed last year.  There are 731,000 people living with this cancer in the US this year -- 731,000 living with it.  You know why?  It's because of you, because for the past 24 years you have dug deep. You have given so much yourself. You have called 877-379-8888, or you have gone to RushLimbaugh.com.

You have found a way, you've been moved, and you continue to come through and support it.  Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph system.  That used to be a death sentence. There were 79,000 people diagnosed last year.  A lot of living.  Myeloma, cancer of the plasma cells that begins in the bone marrow, touches 88,000 people today.  In all there are 248,000 new cases of blood cancers every year, and 54,000 deaths. 

So it's still a huge killer.  But progress is being made, and again, everybody wants you want to have evidence that what you're doing is helping, 'cause you're never gonna meet any of these people that you're sending the money to.  Trust me, you are helping people do more than survive.  You're helping them actually live. 



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