Sue Stewart, Founder and Executive Director, BMT InfoNet, started BMT InfoNet twenty years ago, just one year after her own transplant for acute myelogenous leukemia. Sue saw the need for more and better information for patients and families facing this difficult medical procedure, and made it her mission to ensure that families got the help they needed. BMT InfoNet became the first organization in the nation to provide vital information and support services to bone marrow, stem cell and cord blood transplant patients.
Since then, BMT InfoNet has pioneered many “firsts.” They continue to be on the cutting edge of providing new resources for both families beginning the transplant journey as well as survivors.
The organization was the first to publish patient-friendly handbooks about transplantation. It was also the first to create a transplant center directory to bring patients the first publicly available detailed information about transplant centers throughout the US.
BMT InfoNet was the first to recognize the need for more and better information for transplant survivors and their families. They also pioneered the Celebrating a Second Chance at Life symposiums and webcasts, as well as the first ever symposium on chronic graft-versus-host disease for transplant survivors afflicted by this transplant complication. The group also has other new projects in the pipeline to help patients and families live better after transplant.
You can learn more about all BMT InfoNet does to help our fellow bone marrow and stem cell transplant survivors by visiting their Website: BMTNews.org.
It is easy to feel good and keep smiling, knowing groups like this are out there to help us! Pat