Free one-day conference on bone marrow, stem cell and cord blood transplants

Patients who have been diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), along with families and caregivers are invited to learn about bone marrow, stem cell and cord blood transplants at a free conference presented by the Leukemia Research Foundation, with support from The Coleman Foundation, from 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17. at The Westin O’Hare, 6100 River Rd. in Rosemont, Ill.

A panel of leading medical experts from the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center at Loyola University Medical Center (Patrick Stiff, M.D., Tulio Rodriguez, M.D., and Scott Smith, M.D.), Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Jane Winter, M.D.), University of Chicago Hospital (Wendy Stock, M.D.), Rush University Medical Center (Parameswaren Venugopal, M.D.), and Jeffrey Chell, M.D., CEO of the National Marrow Donor Program will answer questions from the audience. It’s like getting a second opinion from most of Chicagoland’s transplant centers—all at once. There will also be a patient panel featuring blood cancer patients and caregivers, as well as breakout sessions on lymphomas, acute leukemia, chronic leukemia/MDS and caregivers. Free parking, continental breakfast and lunch are included.

The Third Annual Bone Marrow, Stem Cell, Cord Blood Transplant Conference is made possible by the generous support of sponsors including the Coleman Foundation, Loyola University Health System, the National Marrow Donor Program, Biogen Idec, Genentech, Genzyme, and Abbott. For more information or to make reservations, call the Leukemia Research Foundation at 847-424-0600 or e-mail

About The Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF)

The Leukemia Research Foundation, headquartered in Glenview, Ill., is dedicated to funding research and providing support to people affected by blood cancers. The Foundation’s mission is to conquer leukemia, lymphoma, and myelodysplastic syndromes by funding research into their causes and cures, and to enrich the quality of life of those touched by these diseases. For 60 years, thousands of volunteers and 24 chapters have helped the Foundation raise more than $39 million to help fund research specifically targeting aspiring, eager and innovative scientists and physicians around the world, provide patient financial assistance, and offer educational and emotional support for patients and their families.

Leukemia Research Foundation information is available at, or by calling 847-424-0600.

From the March 7-13, 2007, issue

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