24 November 2014 — Stephen Forman, MD, Speaker — Bone Marrow Donation


Hi All!

What are you thankful for in your life today? Last week? Last year?

This week we are thankful to learn about an opportunity to give in a most meaningful, life-changing way. Our program this week is a videotaped interview with Dr. Steve Forman, Chair in Hematology at City of Hope Hospital, in which he discusses bone marrow donation, and how crucial it is to those suffering from certain blood-related cancers.

Speaking of blood marrow donation, not so coincidentally, the E-Club is still in the midst of its E-wareness campaign on Bone Marrow Donation- this month curated by Roy Glickman. In addition to the program this week, Roy has provided links to various other resources. Click on the E-wareness link in the right side menu to read about how Bone Marrow donation saves lives, and check back through the rest of the month to learn more, including how easily you can be listed on a National Bone Marrow Registry.

As for me? I am thankful to be part of Rotary, in a very special Club filled with giving, caring people. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Linda Catran
President, 2014-2015


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27 — 11:00am to 1:00pm — Thanksgiving for Seniors, at Sagebursh Cantina, with the Rotary Club of Calabasas. For details or to volunteer, please contact our club at rotaryeclub818@gmail.com.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 8 — 6:15pm  — Club Board of Directors Meeting, The Fireplace Room at Denny’s. All Club Members always welcome.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28 — 12:30pm-ish to 2:00pm-ish — Our FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for December will instead be a fun, informal holiday party…location TBA!





This month’s Rotary E-Club E-wareness campaign presents information about bone marrow donation.  Throughout the month our Club will provide resources gathered by our Club Member Roy Glickman, this month’s coordinator.  The information will be helpful to you and to the people you care about.  See the campaign by clicking here.




Judy Glickman and Roy Glickman flank our speaker, Dr. Steve Forman.









This week’s Program can only be introduced in the words of our Rotary E-Club Member Roy Glickman.

“Would you donate some stem cells to save a life? A stranger did that for me through a worldwide data base. I hope to get more donors enrolled and more lives saved.

“In October 2011 I received some very unsettling news from my doctor. Blood tests and a bone marrow biopsy had confirmed that I had a rare bone marrow disease that was rapidly progressing and for which there was no treatment. The only hope was a stem cell transplant, which would replace my diseased marrow with new healthy bone marrow.

“But a transplant was only possible if a genetically matched donor could be found. I had no relative who could be a donor, so my doctor turned to Be the Match, a nonprofit organization which maintains a registry of over 10,000,000 potential donors. Fortunately, within weeks a perfect match was found for me and I was scheduled for the transplant. It saved my life.

“I owe my new healthy bone marrow to the donor halfway around the world who provided his stem cells to me and to Be the Match which located him. I was lucky. Many patients never find a donor who is a suitable match for them. I hope that by publicizing how easy it is to register as a donor, how simple it is to donate cells if a donor is determined to be a match for a patient, and how lives are saved by this procedure, more donors will join the registry and more patients will have successful transplants like I had.”

Dr. Stephen Forman, Francis and Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at City of Hope in Duarte, California, is one the the foremost experts in the world on the topic, and one of Roy’s doctors.  Roy is here to introduce this Program because of Dr. Forman, his team, and a random person somewhere out there (Roy has not yet met him, but might someday) who cared enough to register for the database and came through with the donation when called upon to save a life.

Learn from Dr. Forman why we need to register and how easy it is.  Could you save a life someday?

Read more about Dr. Forman here on his City of Hope page.

If the embedded video does not work, please click here to view it on YouTube.


The opinions expressed by guest speakers, or in advertisements that appear on external websites linked to this program, are those of the speaker(s) / websites / advertisers and not necessarily of the Rotary E-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley or its members. No endorsement is implied. Programs are presented for informational purposes only.


2 responses to 24 November 2014 — Stephen Forman, MD, Speaker — Bone Marrow Donation

  1. Very informative. Truly appreciate the presentation and the successes of this program.

  2. Stem cell and bone marrow transplants are being used to treat more and more serious diseases and are often the treatment of last resort. It is so important to encourage more people to sign up to be potential donors. A simple donation of cells can save a life and the more potential donors, the more lives that will be saved.

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