/////UAMS Supports Lymphoma Awareness Proclamation
UAMS Supports Lymphoma Awareness Proclamation 2018-01-05T09:21:05+00:00

June 26, 2008 | Supporters of lymphoma awareness gathered with Gov. Mike Beebe at the State Capitol on July 18, to celebrate a proclamation they hope will help fight the blood cancer.

The proclamation was started by Bill Mathis, Arkansas Chapter President of the Lymphoma Research Foundation, whose wife was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2005, and died in 2006.

With the backing of state Reps. Gregg Reep of Warren, Monty Davenport of Yellville and Kathy Webb of Little Rock, the proclamation was signed by Beebe designating March 24, 2008, as “Eradicate Lymphoma Day in Arkansas.” March 24 was Mona Mathis’ birthday. The ceremony recognizing the proclamation was delayed until June.

“After Mona’s death I sat around and felt sorry for myself,” said Mathis. “Then I decided to do something about it, now I’m trying to raise awareness about lymphoma.”

“Blood cancer affects people of all ages,” said Peter Emanuel, M.D., director of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. “Overall, this proclamation is great for UAMS because it increases awareness about lymphoma, which means that we will have more research and interest for lymphoma treatments.”  

Mathis said many people do not know about lymphoma, but he is out to change that. Lymphoma is the most prevalent form of blood cancer, attacking the body’s lymphatic system, which helps the body fight disease and infection. There are two types of lymphoma, Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s, which is not curable.

The proclamation was a big day for Mathis, along with many others whose lives have been affected by lymphoma. The goal of the lymphoma foundation is to increase awareness about lymphoma and raise funds for a cure.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,538 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,600 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. Visit www.uams.edu.