Support Group Meeting , Park Ridge, IL- representing Illinois, Michigan & Wisconsin

A Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia Support Group meeting was held on September 30, 2006 in Park Ridge, Illinois. Ronald Draftz, John Hynes, Heather Grzemkowski, Dan Lotts, Cheryl Callahan and Michelle Blazek, the IWMF Support Group chapter leaders of Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin areas, orchestrated this event.

The event was held at the Advocate Lutheran General hospital. A wonderful turnout of 100 + patients, friends, family and local medical experts came to listen and learn on the updates of research. Dr Treon was the guest speaker who spent an hour educating and updating the group on Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia - from current treatments to genetic analysis. Following, there was an hour question & answer period with him.

During the event, the Bing Center for Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia organized a familial Studies and Cholesterol Studies lab. DNA was taken via cheek cells and blood was drawn for cholesterol readings. We had an overall turnout of 70+ volunteers For more information about the Familial genetics research, please contact Zachary Hunter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on the Cholesterol studies research, please contact Christopher Patterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..