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Blood Cancer Survivor Now Fights to Help Others

By    |   Saturday, 26 January 2019 04:07 PM

Richard Rendina is living proof of how blood cancer research saves lives, and that's why he now spends so much of his own time and energy fighting to ensure others have the same second chance at life he had.

Rendina, CEO of Rendina Health Care Real Estate, is a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma survivor, and recently spoke to Newsmax TV's John Bachman on "America Talks Live" about his efforts.

He received his own diagnosis shortly after his father died of brain cancer. "Your world gets flipped upside down all over again," Rendina said. "One of the big drivers for me and why I've been so active in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and their annual gala is that my prognosis and chances for a cure were very high — 65 to 70 percent, whereas for my father, it was a glioblastoma brain cancer, probably less than 1 percent."

Just a couple of decades earlier, his own chances of remission would have been drastically lower, and he has blood cancer research to thank for that.

Currently, 1.2 million people in the United States are in remission or living with blood cancers, and 58,300 Americans a year die from blood cancers, including leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma, according to the National Foundation for Cancer Research.

There are no effective screening tests for the early detection of blood cancers.

Rendina notes that blood cancer research actually helps with other types of cancer research as well because blood is much easier to work with than soft tissue.

"There's also other types of cancer that have been cured or that have had clinical trial drugs or new drugs come out of what's started with blood cancer research," he said. "So it's sort of a stop-gap, catch-all in terms of supporting cancer research when you're supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society."

Nick Coniglio, owner, E.R. Bradley's Saloon & Cucina in Palm Beach, Fla., a friend of Rendina, noted the importance of family and friends supporting cancer survivors even after they are in remission.

"One of the most important reasons I stood behind and beside Rich for such a long time since he's been cured is you need a support team," he told Newsmax. "You need a team of friends, family supporting you along the way. … And I feel like we're right behind the doctors in a way."

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