Hello my name is Francesco Sacco.
I am a Partner at Sacco Accountants, an accounting firm in Montreal. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada has launched its annual Man & Woman of the Year philanthropic competition to help support Canadians affected by blood cancers. I have been given the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in this competition to help accelerate blood cancer cures and support those living with the disease. Having been a team member for last year’s campaign, I was able to see up close the influence and positive impact that this campaign has. Therefore, when the question of my candidacy arose, it was an easy answer for me; especially given the particularly turbulent times everyone is currently facing.
Upon accepting my nomination, I learned from the LLSC the real threat that the pandemic poses for the blood cancer community. Since the pandemic began, non-urgent surgeries have stopped, clinical trials have been suspended, and research has been put on hold. It’s a trend that puts blood cancer research and patient care in a dangerously fragile state. It scares me to know that people facing a blood cancer are experiencing greater hardship now. Or that scientists who’ve spent years to make progress in blood cancer research could see their work unravel, or worse, stop altogether.
Let’s make a difference together by providing the blood cancer community with hope and support instead of the doubt and uncertainty they have been facing. It is so important to have a full support system to help keep a positive attitude while battling any form of cancer, and even this, as many could imagine, has been challenging this year.
Each year, more than 22,000 Canadians are diagnosed with blood cancer. It is an honour to be a part of this campaign, to be able to put my efforts toward helping this community, and to be putting my best foot forward to helping end blood cancers all together.
Thank you for all of your support. We together can make a difference.