Bone Marrow / Stem Cell Transplant Survivors Day Celebrates Survivors, Patients, Caregivers and Families
Survivor Leads Bad-to-the-Bone-Marrow Motorcycle Ride / FundraiserM. D. Anderson News Release 06/06/07
More than 400 survivors of bone marrow and stem cell transplants, their families, caregivers and supporters will gather on Saturday, June 9 to celebrate hope and survivorship. The fourth annual Bone Marrow Transplant Day at M. D. Anderson, home to one of the largest bone marrow and stem cell transplant programs in the world, will pay special tribute to caregivers who are vital to supporting patients committed to this rigorous and extended treatment. For patients who are hospitalized and going through the treatment now, the day's events will be televised in-house so they can draw support and hear from survivors who know what they are experiencing. Dale Brown, who cared for his wife during her transplant, will return to M. D. Anderson from Illinois with his wife to talk about the importance of caregivers during treatment and through survivorship.
Four-year bone marrow transplant survivor and M. D. Anderson volunteer Daniel Minnehan will lead the Bad-to-the-Bone-Marrow Motorcycle Ride to raise awareness and funds for research. The ride will leave at 11 a.m. from M. D. Anderson's Cancer Prevention Building, 1155 Pressler, and end at Pelican Junction in Baytown. Participating in the fundraiser will be M. D. Anderson's employee motorcycle club, Ride for the Cure. Funds raised from the entry fee will benefit M. D. Anderson research in graft versus host disease, a serious and often long-term effect from transplantation. Riders will begin assembling for the ride about 10 a.m. For a route map, see www.badtothebonemarrowride.com,
Saturday, June 9, 2007
11 a.m. - Motorcycle ride departs M. D. Anderson Cancer Prevention Building
1155 Pressler St.
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Educational sessions, games, patient reunions
Hickey Auditorium, 11th floor, Clark Clinic, 1515 Holcombe Blvd.