“A world without lymphoma.”
Lymphoma is the name for a group of blood cancers that develop in the lymphatic system. The two main types are Hodgkin Lymphoma (HL) and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL).
Hodgkin Lymphoma Is a cancer that affects the lymphatic system, which is part of the body's immune system. Is one of the most curable forms of cancer and is named for Dr. Thomas Hodgkin who, in 1832, described several cases of people with symptoms of a cancer involving the lymph nodes. The disease was called "Hodgkin's disease" until it was officially renamed "Hodgkin lymphoma" in the late 20th century.
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system. Generally develops in the lymph nodes and lymphatic tissues. In some cases, NHL involves bone marrow and blood. Isn't just one disease–it's actually a diverse group of blood cancers that share a single characteristic in how they develop. NHL has many different subtypes, which are either indolent (slow growing) or aggressive (fast growing).
In July 2016, Nicole C. Bullock was a vibrant wife and mother preparing to leave town for a family vacation when her health took a drastic turn. Nicole developed symptoms of fatigue, decreased appetite, weight loss, and night sweats. The symptoms progressed with Nicole feeling as though something was constantly stuck in her throat. Within weeks, she was having difficulty breathing. Nicole was misdiagnosed twice with acid reflux disease until CT scans of her neck and chest revealed a large mass.
On September 30, 2016, Nicole was diagnosed with Stage 2 Mediastinal Diffuse Large B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. At that time, Nicole didn’t know much about the disease or anyone who had it. Following her diagnosis, Nicole endured months of aggressive inpatient chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. While receiving treatment, Nicole was inspired to give back after receiving a care package from volunteers. God placed a calling on Nicole’s life to use her diagnosis to help others and bring awareness to Lymphoma. It was on Nicole’s hospital bed that the Nicole Cares Foundation was born.
Today, Nicole is cancer free and using her life to help others battling the disease via her foundation, Nicole Cares. The Nicole Cares Foundation is a dedicated nonprofit organization based in Lansing, IL. We are a charitable institution that focuses on assisting patients and their families throughout their battle against lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the immune system. Our nonprofit organization provides more than just financial help; we give hope, care, guidance, and encouragement to all individuals who are greatly affected by this life-threatening disease. The Nicole Cares Foundation helps to educate the community about the symptoms and treatments of lymphoma. They organize fundraisers for research and cures, and implement programs to increase services to lymphoma patients while promoting survivorship upon completion of treatment. We go above and beyond to make every aspect of fighting cancer bearable for the patient, family, and friends.