December 11, 2023

Calvin’s Story


The holidays are an opportune moment to reflect on what we are grateful for. This season of giving, CLRA beneficiary and Chronic Myeloid Leukemia patient, Calvin shared his journey. His story highlights the profound impact of community backing. See how your donations have impacted Calvin’s life, and others like him.

During this period of Thanksgiving, I give thanks to the Lord for my many blessings. Among my many  blessings is the financial support I have received from an incredible non-profit organization; Children’s Leukemia Research Association/CLRA for over a decade.  I am U.S.C.G. Veteran with a non-service connected medical condition, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. Thus. I am ineligible for VA Care.  Although, I am a Medicare patient the yearly out-of-pocket expense for my chemo-therapy medication is above $4,000, most of which is to be paid as I pick up my January prescription. Hooray, each year CLRA has provided me support through its Patient-Aid Program. CLRA, with its tremendously dedicated and caring staff is to be thanked during this period of giving thanks.  But I also extend a sincere thanks to the many individuals and organizations who financially support CLRA. God Bless.”

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

As a U.S Coast Guard Veteran grappling with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, Calvin’s journey has been both a battle for health and a struggle against financial hurdles, especially as he remained ineligible for VA Care.

For over ten years, CLRA has been Calvin’s steadfast ally, providing not just medical support but also a lifeline through the Patient-Aid Program. As a Medicare patient, Calvin faces an annual out-of-pocket expense exceeding $4,000 for his crucial chemotherapy medication, with the majority due at the start of each year. Thanks to CLRA’s unwavering commitment to patients like Calvin, he has found solace in financial assistance, allowing him to focus on his health without the burden of exorbitant medical costs. CLRA’s Patient-Aid Program stands as a source of optimism for individuals facing the daunting financial strains of blood cancer treatment. Donations to CLRA directly translate into tangible assistance for patients like Calvin, covering the costs of medications, treatments, and other essential aspects of their care. It’s not just financial support; it’s a lifeline that bridges the gap between medical need and affordability.

What makes your support even more impactful is its dual nature. Your donations not only alleviate the immediate financial stress for patients and their families but also contribute to vital cancer research. CLRA is at the forefront of groundbreaking research initiatives, striving to unravel the complexities of blood cancers and develop more effective treatments.

Every dollar donated goes beyond mere financial aid; it becomes a catalyst for change, offering hope to those in their darkest hours and fueling the scientific advancements that bring us closer to a cure. Calvin’s gratitude echoes through the countless patients and families who have benefited from CLRA’s programs, all made possible by the generosity of individuals like you.

As we gather in gratitude during this season, consider joining the cause. Your contribution can make a significant impact on the lives of blood cancer patients, ensuring they receive the care they need while supporting research that holds the promise of a brighter, healthier future.

Click HERE to make a donation and be a part of Calvin’s story of hope and resilience.