WVU blood and marrow transplant patients to gather at 21st annual reunion

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at West Virginia University and WVU Healthcare will honor blood and marrow transplant patients during the 21st Annual Patient Reunion of the Alexander B. Osborn Hematopoietic Malignancy and Transplantation Program at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa in Morgantown.

“We are extremely honored to share this very special day with our transplant patients and their family members,” Michael Craig, M.D., medical director of the Osborn Program, said. “It is an opportunity for our patients as well as our extended multidisciplinary healthcare team to celebrate the victories patients have attained during and after their transplants.”

During the event, patients and their guests will be treated to lunch and will have a chance to win gift baskets made by the oncology staff. The most recent transplant patient and the longest surviving transplant patient will receive an angel handcrafted by one of the program’s nurse clinicians.

Each member of the WVU Healthcare transplant team contributes to the personalized care of each patient, whether it is working with the National Donor Marrow Program to locate donor matches for patients without a sibling donor, engaging in research to find potentially useful drugs and treatments, or caring for the wellbeing of patients while they are hospitalized or are outpatients before, during, and after their transplants.

The Osborn Program, West Virginia’s only source for blood and marrow transplants, performed its first transplant in October 1992. Since then more than 1,000 patients throughout West Virginia and the surrounding area have undergone bone marrow, cord blood, or stem cell transplants and hundreds of non-transplant patients have received the latest treatments close to home.


For more information:
Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087
ss: 04-22-14

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