Safe Routes to School pioneer Deb Hubsmith diagnosed with leukemia

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Deb Hubsmith on Capitol Hill in 2010.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Deb Hubsmith, the woman who played a vital role in the establishment of Safe Routes to School in the United States, has been diagnosed with acute myeloid luekemia (AML). Hubsmith is currently the founding director of the Safe Routes National Partnership and she has been the leading advocate and lobbyist for Safe Routes for well over a decade.

Here’s more about her health from a message posted on the Partnership’s blog yesterday:

“Last week, while visiting the doctor for flu-like symptoms, Safe Routes to School National Partnership director Deb Hubsmith was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). This type of leukemia comes on very quickly, and Deb’s doctors caught it early and started treatment right away. She will be in and out of the hospital over the next couple of months while going through chemotherapy. Once treated, AML has a good remission and survival rate. Her doctors fully expect remission following her treatment course…

Deb would like everyone not to worry and instead think as positively as she always does. She is focused on getting well and will not be checking email but you can feel free to post comments on this blog and we will be sure she receives your outpouring of support.”

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