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Blood and Marrow Transplant Team Honored

Drs. Badros, Meisenberg and Rapoport (l. to r.) were honored by the Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation.

The Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation honored the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center's Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Team at a fundraising event to benefit the transplant unit.

Recognized for their outstanding efforts in providing cancer care to patients were Dr. Ashraf Z. Badros, Dr. Barry R. Meisenberg, and Dr. Aaron P. Rapoport.

In acknowledging the award, Dr. Meisenberg praised the entire BMT team -- the nurses, the therapists, the pharmacists, as well as the physicians -- asking those present to stand and be recognized: "The patients who come for this therapy are often quite ill and destined to become more ill as they undergo the procedures involved in a stem cell transplant. . . What kind of person would step forward to care for the sickest patients in the hospital and throw their energies into helping? The people now standing in front of you."

Over 350 people attended this year's fundraiser, a Casino Night held at Martin's West on April 3, 2005. The event raised over $52,000 to support the UMGCC's blood and marrow transplant patient care activities, research initiatives and clinical programs.

The Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation has been on the forefront of battle against cancer for the past 48 years. Through their dedicated and tireless efforts, its members have raised over $2.9 million to support research efforts and to aid in cancer prevention.

UMGCC has enjoyed a warm relationship with the Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation over the years, benefitting from over $500,000 in gifts to various programs throughout the center.

Read excerpts from Dr. Meisenberg's remarks at the 2005 Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation fundraising event.

For more information, contact the UMMS Foundation/UMGCC at 410-328-5770.

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