Mickey Mantle Jr. - MLB All-Star
Mickey Mantle Jr. - MLB All-Star

Paul Allen - Founder of Microsoft Inc.
Paul Allen - Founder of Microsoft Inc.

Charles Lindbergh - Aviation hero
Charles Lindbergh - Aviation hero

All three of these people were dynamic path-breakers in their field.

The best at what they did.


AND THEY ALL HAD LEUKEMIA

  • Paul Allen was diagnosed with lymphoma, a blood cancer considered a subtype of leukemia, on November 16th, 2009. He is currently undergoing treatment.

  • Mickey Mantle, a world-famous baseball player, died of lymphoma at age 64.

  • Charles Lindbergh was the first man to fly across the Atlantic solo. He evetually died of lymphoma in August 1974, at the age of 72.

Other Interesting Facts...


  • In ancient Greece, doctors such as Hippocrates used arsenic (a poison) to treat leukemia in patients. Arsenic treatment soon fell out of favor with doctors in the early 20th century, with the advent of radiation therapy to treat cancer.

  • Leukemia was first officially diagnosed in 1845, by Dr. John Hughes Bennet diagnosed it in Edinburgh. many of his contemporaries also reported patients with abnormally high levels of white blood cells. The word leukemia means "white blood".

  • An estimated quarter of a million people in the U.S.A. currently live with leukemia (90% of whom are adults), with many more in remission. On average, 45,000 new cases of leukemia are declared each year (43,000 of whom are adults). Leukemia occurs much more frequently in males than in females, and occurs most among Caucasians (and least among Asians).

  • There are dozens of different types of leukemia, all of which are classified as individual diseases and affect different types of cells. For instance, certain types of leukemia only produce abnormal T-cells, while others exclusively affect B-cells. Of the many types of leukemia, only 3 are known to regularly affect a significant amount of adults.