Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

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Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Allen Catour, Writer

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This past week, I conducted my Service Learning Project for my Civics class. I made the decision to hold a raffle with the opportunity to win a $25 gift card from Charged.  All the proceeds that I made would be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Foundation in honor of my uncle, who has been recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a type of lymphoma, or blood cancer, of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system. The immune system fights infections and other diseases that are in the body and also helps control the flow of fluids. The lymphatic system is a network of nodes (knots of tissue) that are connected by vessels which drain fluid and waste products from the body. The lymph nodes are like tiny filters that strain out foreign organisms and cells. The lymphatic system also helps produce important white blood cells called lymphocytes. They help protect your body from infection caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Lymphoma occurs when the lymph node cells or the lymphocytes begin to multiply at an uncontrollable rate. When the cells start to do this, they produce cells that are able to invade other tissues throughout your body. Hodgkin’s disease is most common in young adults (ages 15-35) and older adults (ages over 50). There’s been progress in treating Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, so most people who get diagnosed will survive. An estimated 8,110 people (4,750 men and 3,540 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with the disease and around 1,000 deaths ( 590 men and 410 women) will occur this year. Like I mentioned earlier, improvements in treatment have been occuring. Since 1975 the survival rate has been increasing while the death rate dropped 4% each year from 2007-2016.

Once again I’d like to thank everyone who donated to my service learning project last week. Eli Kayser was the winner of the $25 gift card to Charged.