FOX13’s Kirstin Garriss steps up to raise awareness about cancer, honor late father

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The big day is finally here for FOX13′s very own Kirstin Garriss who is stepping up to honor her late father.

Kirstin is participating in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2021 Big Climb to raise awareness about MDS and blood cancer.

Her father passed away in 2014 from the rare form of blood cancer.

LLS says myeloma incidence is twice as high among African Americans as it is in white Americans and that’s why they’re working to raise more awareness about blood cancer in minority communities.

“We want to get the word out, and encourage everyone to advocate for themselves when they say ‘hey I need to get a blood test, I need to get this checked out,” said Tracy Moore, patient and community outreach manager.

The climb raised $6 million last year.

“Advocate for not only for those cancer patients but also for their families that are dealing with this hardship and the climb is just one key ways we can all do that within our community,” said Fatemah Delheimer, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Tennessee-Alabama.

Thanks to her family, friends and all of you, Kirstin surpassed her goal of raising $1,900 for the cause.

LLS also set up special COVID-19 financial assistance fund for cancer patients.

If you’d like to learn more about blood cancer, symptoms and how to get support you can call the information resource line at 1-800 -955-4572. It’s open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm/CST.