Raising Awareness About Myelodysplastic Syndromes

shammo-cancer-centerBy Jamile Shammo, MD

This year, the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation will host its first MDS Awareness Run/Walk in Chicago, raising critical funds and awareness for myelodysplastic syndromes.

I am excited to share that I will be receiving the Nobility in Science Award at this year’s event, being held on June 22, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Maggie Daley Park. This community fundraising event helps the MDS Foundation in its mission to support and educate patients and health care providers with innovative research into the fields of MDS and related myeloid neoplasms.

As an MDS specialist, I have witnessed firsthand the impact this disease has on my patients’ quality of life and longevity. I strongly believe that we should support research endeavors to translate science into therapeutic advances that will ease the burden of this disease and prolong patients’ lives. I have participated in trials that resulted in approval of several agents for the treatment of MDS, but we need to work harder to identify additional treatments for MDS patients. I urge to join me to further this cause.

There are as many as 170,000 Americas living with MDS, and this year up to 20,000 American’s will be diagnosed. The survival rate for low-risk MDS patients is up to six years for patients who do not receive a bone marrow transplant and is only five months for high-risk patients. The MDS Foundation is committed to changing those statistics by funding critical research, sharing information, and supporting newly diagnosed patients and their families while educating the public about MDS.

This annual event is a great way to meet others who — like you — want to find better treatments for MDS. The event will host more than 250 participants and will feature a family-friendly festival area with food and drinks, a 5K scenic run/walk, and an awards ceremony that will recognize top race finishers, as well as MDS patients and medical professionals in the field of MDS. I am so proud to be one of them.

I hope you will join me in supporting this cause. You can join the Rush University Medical Center team or make a donation online or by texting MDSCHI2 to 71777.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Jamile Shammo, MD, is a hematologist at Rush University Medical Center.


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