Hello, my name is Larry Lanouette. I am a candidate for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s 2016 Man of the Year. Sharon Clark is my acting campaign manager. We both were diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a blood cancer. We both had a stem cell transplant using our own stem cells. Now, we both work hard to support the cause, raise awareness and raise money for research. Funds raised for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, help finance research and trial medications. This is one reason, Sharon and I are alive today. Our campaign, Against All Odds, will officially kick off March 31, 2016.
To support this campaign, please contact Sharon Clark at 302-898-8677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About Multiple Myeloma
Cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer, and can spread to other areas of the body. To learn more about how cancers start and spread, see What Is Cancer?
Multiple myeloma is a cancer formed by malignant plasma cells. Normal plasma cells are found in the bone marrow and are an important part of the immune system.
The immune system is made up of several types of cells that work together to fight infections and other diseases. Lymphocytes (lymph cells) are the main cell type of the immune system. The major types of lymphocytes are T cells and B cells.
When B cells respond to an infection, they mature and change into plasma cells. Plasma cells make the antibodies (also called immunoglobulins) that help the body attack and kill germs. Lymphocytes are in many areas of the body, such as lymph nodes, the bone marrow, the intestines, and the bloodstream. Plasma cells, however, are mainly found in the bone marrow. Bone marrow is the soft tissue inside some hollow bones. In addition to plasma cells, normal bone marrow has cells that make the different normal blood cells.
When plasma cells become cancerous and grow out of control, they can produce a tumor called a plasmacytoma. These tumors generally develop in a bone, but they are also rarely found in other tissues. If someone has only a single plasma cell tumor, the disease is called an isolated (or solitary) plasmacytoma. If someone has more than one plasmacytoma, they have multiple myeloma.