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Local man recovering from acute myeloid leukemia

The benefit saw more than 250 michigan meals served and several items auctioned off donated by local businesses and individuals, said Ano-Ryba. Overall, more than $5,000 was raised for Ano and his family, she added.

"Overall, we did really well," said Ano-Ryba.

Proceeds will now go toward helping Ano and his wife, Laurie, with expenses incurred in relation to his treatments. The couple have three children - Cordell, Casey and Corey.

Those who were unable to attend the benefit but who would still like to help the Ano family may send donations in care of Roy Ano to 15 Baxter St., Chazy N.Y. 12921.

What to know about acute myeloid leukemia

According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, approximately 12,330 Americans were expected to be diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last year.

Though the chance of getting the disease increases with age, children and adults of any age can develop AML. Approximately one in five children with leukemia has AML.

Signs and symptoms include tiredness or no energy, shortness of breath during physical activity, pale skin, swollen gums, slow healing of cuts, pinhead-size red spots under the skin, prolonged bleeding from minor cuts, mild fever, black-and-blue marks (bruises) with no clear cause, and aches in bones or knees, hips or shoulder.

For more information visit www.leukemia-lymphoma.org or consult your doctor.

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