In late October, as Asalia Goldberg and her fellow Cell Therapy team colleagues eagerly awaited the start of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night walk in Mercer County, New Jersey, Asalia saw a young man, standing alone. He carried a white lantern — a survivor.
Not one to let anyone experience the walk alone, Asalia waved him over, inviting him to walk with her group. Naturally, they began chatting.
“We learned that this man received CAR T cell therapy. And not only that, it was BMS’ CAR T cell therapy,” she said. “As he shared his experience with us, his eyes gleamed with gratitude for the work we do,” Asalia said. “And we were reminded of just how deep our impact runs.”
The experience was “miraculous” for Asalia, and this story is one of countless from the annual walks that support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), with which Bristol Myers Squibb has had a long-standing partnership. Year over year, we continue to surpass our fundraising and participation goals. This year, we raised more than $960,000, beating our goal of $850,000. Nearly 800 people (the goal was 700) participated in walks that occurred across the country throughout the fall months. As a result of our efforts, the LLS this year dedicated a research grant in our honor to support health equity.