Leukemia Research Foundation extends public outreach
EVANSTON, ILIn an ever-continuing effort to be of service to persons affected with leukemia, lymphoma and myelodysplastic syndromes, the Evanston-based Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF) has announced funding of a websitewww.bmtinfonet.orgdedicated to providing information on bone marrow transplants.
Sponsorship of the one-of-a-kind online service will offer answers to patients and family members who seek information on bone marrow transplants, according to Janie Weisenberg, LRF executive director.
Specifically, LRF is funding three, unique, searchable databases, including a directory of transplant centers, a resource directory and a database of drugs used by transplant patients and survivors, Weisenberg noted.
Visitors can search the transplant center directory for information about the diseases treated, donor match criteria, accreditation and the number and types of transplants performed.
The resource directory lists links to other organizations in the field of leukemia research and services while the database allows visitors to request a link to a transplant survivor who can provide emotional support. Furthermore, the site lists drugs commonly used in the transplant setting while explaining their potential uses and side effects.
The LRF 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. The Evanston-Ill. based LRF funds research into the causes and cures of leukemia and related blood cancers and had issued grants totaling $13 million to more than 400 scientists and physicians.
Begun 55 years ago by a family who lost a child to leukemia, today, the nationally-recognized organization boasts 1,000 members among 21 active chapters. More than $22 million has been raised through various fundraising activities since the LRFs inception.
For more information about the Leukemia Research Foundation, visit their website at www.leukemia-research.org or call (847) 424-0600.