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Third annual Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Blood Drive held at Governor's Mansion

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Posted at 1:22 PM, Sep 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-12 13:22:26-04

As Governor Larry Hogan underwent treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2015, he came up with the idea of holding an annual blood drive for state workers.

Last week, the Governor marked the third year for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Blood Drive at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis. In addition to donating blood, state employees signed up for the bone marrow registry.

"We just try to continue it every year because it's a real need.," said Gov. Hogan. "It's a real need, not only for blood but for bone marrow donations."

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month. Nearly 1.3 million people in the United States live with, or are in remission from some form of leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma.