Mission: To seek the cause and eventual cure of leukemia and related diseases, including lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin's disease, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The Maryland chapter supports the five programs of the Leukemia Society of America -- research, patient aid, public education, professional education, community services. Volunteers give generously of their time to help implement these programs.
Latest accomplishments: This year, the chapter is funding 18 researchers in Maryland. In collaboration with Uniting for Life Inc., the chapter sponsored UJIMA '99 in March at the Baltimore Convention Center to increase awareness of the need for minority bone marrow donors. Through UJIMA '99 the chapter assisted in adding 375 minority donors to the National Marrow Donor Registry. Earlier this year, the Maryland chapter started Back to School, an education program that provides information and resources to parents, teachers, school officials and health-care professionals to help ensure a child's successful entry back to school after treatment.
On the horizon: "Stars and Scholars," a night of research, recognition and celebration of the Leukemia Society's 50th anniversary. 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the Camden Club, Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Leukemia Society grant researchers will present new developments in treatment and progress toward cures. Also recognition of community leaders and volunteers. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. Admission is free, but reservation is requested. And April 8, the Maryland chapter sponsors "Cancer: Keys to Survival," a one-day educational workshop for health-care providers and caregivers.
About the chapter: More than 300 patients and their families served annually. Operating budget: $1.5 million.
Where and when: 8600 LaSalle Road, Oxford Building, Suite 602, Baltimore. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 410-825-2500 or 800-242-4LSA.
Steven Willats, president of the board of trustees: "The Leukemia Society is a great organization with a dedicated and professional staff and volunteers. We have consistently improved our fund-raising efforts over the years and made a direct impact on research for a cure for leukemia and other blood-related cancers and on improving the lives of patients."
Members of the board
Roland O. Campbell
Calvin E. Donnelly
Bernard J. Gerst
William J. Purnell
Francis X. Reinhardt
John W. Rietz
James S. Watson
Nollie P. Wood Jr.