|WHO: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in cooperation with African American Health Coalition, Asian American Health Coalition, Hispanic Health Coalition, Native American Health Coalition, and Texas Medical Center Library. |
WHAT: LLS in cooperation with Houston minority coalitions are coming together to discuss and address health disparities concerning Clinical Trials, Bone Marrow Transplant, and Survivorship among communities of color diagnosed with a blood cancer. The goal of the workshop is to bring together healthcare professionals, patients, and members of the community to discuss the unmet needs, foster collaborative interactions and to stimulate the development of new partnerships for the educational campaign aimed at helping increase blood cancer awareness. The local chapter is launching its year-long educational campaign aimed at helping increase blood cancer awareness in underserved communities of Houston, Texas.
WHY: The need is critical: More than 894,000 Americans have leukemia, Hodgkin or non-Hodgkin lymphoma or myeloma. Every four minutes, someone new is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every 10 minutes, someone dies.
Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children under the age of 20. Lymphomas are the most common blood cancers and incidence increases with age. The survival rate for myeloma is only 35 percent. Incidence is nearly twice as high among African Americans as for all other races.
WHEN: June 10, 2009, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Texas Medical Center Library (street level conference room). Beneath the HAM-TMC Library is Garage 3, which can be entered from Bertner Street (east side of library building). Do not park in spaces marked contract parking. Both the short-term parking and Garage 3 are often full. The next-closest parking is in Garage 4. Located one-and-a-half blocks from the HAM-TMC Library, Garage 4 has entrances on both McGregor St. and Ross Sterling St.
BEST COVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES:
11:30 a.m. – Welcome
11:35 a.m. – Presentation
Exhibits open throughout program
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, with 68 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. LLS has invested more than $600 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.