In August Manassas City Council voted in favor of a proclamation declaring September Blood Cancer Awareness Month.
Each day this month we will publish a fact about blood cancer.
The facts were compiled and provided by Manassas resident Rich Zavadowski, a blood cancer survivor who was instrumental in getting lawmakers to consider the proclamation.
"I figure that if people see one fact per day they'll get the message that I am trying to convey—namely blood cancer diagnosis and deaths are very significant throughout United States," said Rich Zavadowski a 70-year-old blood cancer survivor from Manassas.
This month marks five years since Zavadowski beat stage four peripheral T-cell lymphoma, a very rare form of blood cancer.
At age 65, he underwent 650 hours of chemo therapy at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, Zavadowski said.
Here are four facts about blood cancer Zavadowski would like to share.
1. Both the City of Manassas and Prince William County have proclaimed September as "Blood Cancer Awareness Month."
2. About every four minutes one person in the US is diagnosed with a blood cancer
3. About every 10 minutes someone in the US dies from a blood cancer
4. More than 1 million Americans are living with or are in remission from lymphoma, leukemia or myeloma—all are types of blood cancers.