The LLS Community had humble origins
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Board Member Bernard H. Garil and his wife, Ethel were inspired to start the community after in honor of their beloved son, Michael, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of seven. After several years of chemotherapy and cancer recurrences, Michael went through a life-saving bone marrow transplant that cured his chronic disease. Unfortunately, the chemotherapy ultimately caused side effects that were serious enough that they led to his death at the age of 39. Over the course of his journey with cancer, Michael shared his experience, strength, and hope in an effort to raise awareness of potential various long-term effects of treatment for patients and their families. Bernard and Ethel Garil funded this entire initiative and have committed their lives to its continual growth and service to the many patients and family members that it helps.