BOSTON -- Through the generosity of a group of dedicated Boston-area women known as Aid for Cancer Research (ACR), the scientists in the laboratory of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) hematologist Arthur Sytkowski, MD, were the recent recipients of several pieces of equipment critical to their study of blood cancers.
An all-volunteer organization, ACR has raised millions of dollars over the past 55 years to support vital research programs and medical grants. Unique in their ability to respond quickly to scientists' needs -- whether for equipment, a laboratory or even a fellowship -- the 28 women who make up ACR work closely with a volunteer physician advisory board, who help them to assess requests and make recommendations for the most effective use and application of the group's resources.
"This is a group of truly dedicated individuals," says Sytkowski. "ACR's donation of an incubator, a digital camera with image capture software, and a plate reader [to help us in interpreting cell growth assays] puts us that much closer to understanding how and why blood cancers develop. I wish there were more individuals like these committed women."
"ACR has been generous to BIDMC for many years," adds Grants Coordinator Rosemary Brady Panza. "We're extremely grateful for their assistance."
Pictured above: Front row from left: ACR members Elaine Klubock, Selma Roblin, Carol Ann Epstein, Naomi Grossman Wainer and Dr. Laurie Feldman; Dr. Kun Xu of BIDMC. Back row from left: Dr. Yu Xun Wang and Kerry Wellerstein of BIDMC; Lynne Segill of ACR; BIDMC hematologist Dr. Arthur Sytkowski; Selma Mayer of ACR; and Brenda Prescott and Dr. Jee-Yeong Jeong of BIDMC.