Important Work

A few evenings ago Charlie and I visited the University of Maryland Medical Center to hear information on the advances being made in treating blood cancers and to take a tour of the labs with the researchers.

The Gudelsky Building of the UMMS.

This evening was sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Maryland which funds much of the research that takes place both at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins.

University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore

We were interested to learn that much of the research done for blood cancers creates therapies that are used in treating and curing other cancers and diseases since blood is easier to obtain and study than putting a part of a person under a microscope.

The patient and family lounge is a peaceful atrium.

Our Guides were Maria Baer, MD and Eduardo Davila, PhD who work in cancer research, more specifically blood cancers, and have received grants from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

This work station has an airlock that does not permit germs or molds to enter or grow. The Liquidator 96 on the left of the station just last week replaced an older, more time-consuming technology.

Our own family has been touched by leukemia and so it is heartening to learn the strides that have been made not only in the last 30 years or 15 years but also last week.  The grant money helps provide equipment and staffing for research that uncovers proteins which block chemotherapy.

Lots of large equipment in small, windowless rooms keep long hours with top researchers.

This group has found an inhibitor that opens the door for medicines to work better and in smaller doses.

Another view of the atrium on the way out.

It’s clear the researchers are highly intelligent, extremely devoted, and ultimately passionate about their work.

A reminder that there’s more work to do.

We’re proud to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s cause which not only supports research but also directly impacts patients. While cures have been developed, more are being sought for those very resistant forms of cancer. Thank you to everyone.

What cause is dear to your heart? What are you passionate about?

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