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Leadership in Service Award

Recipients are singled out for their dedication to the Foundation’s mission, including their time, energy and ideas to heighten awareness for bone marrow failure disease.

2009 Ruth and Neil Cuadra

Ruth and Neil are recognized for their development and operation of MarrowForums.org, Ruth’s long tenure of service on the AAMDSIF Board of Directors and Neil’s volunteer support.  They are great ambassadors for AAMDSIF, which they turned to after Ruth – a transplant survivor - was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and MDS in 1996. 

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2008 Doris O. Matsui

U.S. Representative

Congresswoman Matsui has been a leading champion in the U.S. Congress for research funding on bone marrow failure diseases. Her commitment is inspired by the memory of her husband, Congressman Robert Matsui, who battled MDS while representing the same district that she now represents in the United States House of Representatives, the Fifth Congressional District of California.

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2007 Neal Young, M.D., MACP

Chief of the Intramural Research Hematology Branch, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health

Dr. Young's research interests are in human hematopoiesis, aplastic anemia and the pathogenesis and treatment of bone marrow failure; parvoviruses, hepatitis viruses, immune response to virus infection, apoptosis, interferon, cytokines, and other interleukins, and the mechanisms of genomic instability. His research includes direct patient care and clinical protocols for the treatment of bone marrrow failure; basic science laboratory experiments involving normal and abnormal blood cell production; and epidemiologic studies of aplastic anemia.