On 1 September 2021, the CLL community is launching World CLL Day to give those affected by a diagnosis of CLL a much needed voice, raise awareness and improve understanding of the challenges involved in living with CLL. It is the opportunity to come together and raise awareness about the vulnerability of CLL patients and other immune compromised people during the pandemic.
CLL was reclassified in 2016 by the WHO (World Health Organisation) to be known as a lymphoma as it is a cancer of the B lymphocytes.
In 2021 we are marking this date in our calendars for the very first time. On this first World CLL Day, we wish to send a message of THANKS to those with healthy immunities for protecting our community. During the COVID-19 pandemic many people experienced isolation, fear and the difficulty of keeping safe – an insight into the life of a CLL patient.
The umbrella, a form of shield, is chosen as the central campaign image. You can hold it over someone else, emphasising the aspect of proactive choice to protect others.
#wclld21 #meandmyumbrella #immunitycommunity
What is Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) & small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL)?
CLL & SLL are both indolent (slow growing) B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas. CLL is the second most common indolent lymphoma accounting for around 15% of all lymphoma cases and affects around 1000 Australians each year. SLL accounts for around 5% of all lymphomas and affects over 300 Australians each year.
More about CLL: https://www.lymphoma.org.au/types-of-lymphoma/chronic-lymphocytic-leukaemia-cll/