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
“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
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