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A Leukemia & Lymphoma Cure-A-Thon Thank You


RUSH:  This is Ryan in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Welcome.  I'm glad you called, sir.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.  I just want to tell you: It's a real, real honor to be able to talk to you.

RUSH:  Thank you very much, sir.  I appreciate it.

CALLER:   I called in just because I wasn't able to hear yesterday's episode and did not get to hear the results from Friday, as far as the amount of money raised for the Cure-A-Thon.

RUSH:  Well, we set a record.  It was just overwhelming.  With the weekend and everything, we ended up over $3.1 million.

CALLER:  Wow.  Well, I told Snerdley briefly, it kind of hit home with me a lot this year because last May my wife -- who was 26 at the time and seven months pregnant -- went in and got a chest x-ray done. They found a mass in her chest about a third of the size of her chest cavity. It turned out to be Hodgkin's lymphoma, and it was just kind of a whirlwind year. I was looking forward to the Cure-A-Thon this year because, like I say, what you do, it's amazing, and it certainly impacts a lot of people.

RUSH:  Well, yeah, it's not me.  Honestly, it's the audience.  It's twenty-five years this has been going on... The amount received, it just overwhelms everybody.  There isn't a proper way to say thanks.  (interruption)  Yeah, I think it's well over $35 million for the combined years by now.  It keep growing.  It started slow and can keep growing and growing and growing, and now it's just huge. That's the thing! It keeps growing every year.

That's what boggles everybody's mind.  The number of donors increased this year and the amount of money, and these are not the best of economic times.  These are really challenging economic times for people.  But, Ryan, what you said is exactly what happens to people.  There is no indication at all in most instances of blood cancer.  You show up at the doctor for something, and all of a sudden you get the diagnosis. 

Some people might have fatigue or some such thing, but it's an out-of-the-blue kind of thing.  Children, adults, it knows no boundaries. It doesn't discriminate, and it's shocking when it happens.  Your wife was seven months pregnant when this happens.  It's just an amazing thing.  But the point that was made just to relive one thing here... Every year we try to have a theme of sorts based on progress that's been made.

The theme this year was that rather than tabulate survivability rates, which are increasing, the survivability is now changed to people actually being able to functionally live after diagnosis because of all the research gained thanks to your donations.  It's not just the survivability that's being calculated now, three-to-five year survivability rates.  It's livability.  People are actually living, not just breathing and surviving. 

So great progress is being made.  In some cases, cures for some specific types but still a lot of work to do.  But I appreciate you calling and asking 'cause it was successful. It was just an overwhelming success, and it still stuns me that all of this happens in less than three hours a year.  There's no other audience out there in media that would do this, I don't think, and everybody involved is eternally grateful.  



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