For the second year in a row, the American Cancer Society Committee (ACSC) successfully hosted its Leukemia and Lymphoma Symposium and Bone Marrow Drive at the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Guest speakers included Dr. Jacque Lohmeier ‘00, who is currently a pharmacy manager for CVS in the East Bay, and Oska Lawrence ‘12. Both shared their personal experiences with leukemia and their reflections on being survivors.
Overall attendance reached more than 200 people and included students, staff, and the general public (doubling the initial effort set forth last year by the former ACSC co-chairs, including the now current ASuop Pharmacy Senator, Oska Lawrence). On top of that, the bone marrow registry was able to add 76 new registrants with the intention of further diversifying the registrant pool.
According to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society , an estimated 259,889 people in the United States are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, with an estimated 43,050 new cases diagnosed in 2010. Of these 43,050 people, 21,840 were estimated to have not won their fight against leukemia. Even with nearly 16.5 million donors registered worldwide, there is still an incredible need for donors, especially those of a minority/multicultural
ethnicity. With this fact in mind, the effort put forth by this committee (with the assistance of the University and the community) will hopefully continue to grow to expand and assist in registering more donors to help. With advances in technology and technique, the bone marrow donation process is now more convenient than ever, and with only a few moments of being uncomfortable, a person can have the potential to save the life of another.
The event could not have been possible without the help of many colleagues and staff members from the University, with special thanks to both guest speakers, Dr. Nancy Deguire ‘89, the Flowers Heritage Foundation, and the brothers of the professional pharmacy fraternity, Kappa Psi.