A Letter from Delroy

On October 23, 2014 I lost my only sister to Leukemia. I have started a non-profit organization in her memory “The Gerdine Graham Foundation Inc.”

Our aim is to raise funds for research, education and to help Leukemia patient and their families. One of our goals is to work closely with blood services agencies and to emphasize the importance blood plays in the treatment of blood cancer therefore the need to donate blood.

On Gerdine’s 36th birthday, March 20th 2015 we hosted The Gerdine Graham Foundation’s 1st Annual Cancer Fundraiser. We raised over $2,000 to benefit the May Pen hospital in Clarendon, Jamaica where Gerdine spent some of her final days. Our Plan is to build a much needed Intensive Pediatric/Oncology Unit to facilitate the children being treated for Leukemia. I could not think of a better way to honor my sister’s memory. Thanks to the Artistes, volunteers and all who came out to make it a success.

This is the first of many initiatives we will be undertaking to raise funds and awareness to fight Leukemia and other blood cancers that affects so many in our community. Please support our efforts to increase blood, stem cell and bone marrow donor-ship  in our community. Thank you in advance for your support.

For more information please contact 647-971-6656.
Yours sincerely,
Mr. Delroy Graham

What is Leukemia? According to the Mayo Clinic Leukemia is cancer of the body's blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and the lymphatic system.

Many types of leukemia exist. Some forms of leukemia are more common in children. Other forms of leukemia occur mostly in adults.

Leukemia usually involves the white blood cells. In people with leukemia, the bone marrow produces abnormal white blood cells, which don't function properly.

According to Leukemia statistics Canada; it is estimated that in 2015:

  • 6,200 Canadians will be diagnosed with leukemia.
  • 2,700 Canadians will die from leukemia.
  • 3,500 men will be diagnosed with leukemia and 1,550 will die from it.
  • 2,700 women will be diagnosed with leukemia and 1,150 will die from it.
  • About 1 in 53 Canadian men is expected to develop leukemia during his lifetime and 1 in 96 will die from it.
  • About 1 in 72 Canadian women is expected to develop leukemia during her lifetime and 1 in 132 will die from it.