EPCALM is a service organization that aims to provide personalized and family oriented support to those afflicted with leukemia and their families. Our mission is to reach out to these families and their communities as well, in order to create an awareness to the plight of leukemia patients, and that with concerted efforts the outcome of the disease can be favorable.
Hence, we find it vital to join the world in observing September as World Leukemia Awareness month (WLAM). EPCALM will once again lead the country in the awareness campaign for leukemia and its multifaceted concerns from the physical, financial, emotional or psychosocial and spiritual aspects. This is the second year of our observance of the WLAM.
We have invited two foreign speakers, Dr. Ronald Gress, MD from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, USA and Dr. Robert Baugher, Phd from Washington State to bring in updates on the physical and emotional aspects towards the comprehensive care of leukemia.
These are the activities that we have lined up:
September 7-13, 2015. World Leukemia Awareness Month (WLAM) exhibit at the St Luke’s Medical Center, Global City, main lobby. Formal opening and ribbon-cutting will be on September 8, 2015 at 6 PM.
September 8 & 9, 2015 – 8 am – 5 pm. “Understanding Grief 3 : The Grief Experience of Filipino Youth Today”. . 5th Floor, St. Lukes Medical Center, Global City. This Conference-Workshop seeks to capture and better understand real-life grief experiences of Filipino adolescents and youth to create deeper awareness of what they go through. It endeavors to come up with insights on contributory factors that lead to grief among the young, and more importantly, present some techniques and intervention strategies that participants can utilize to facilitate self-recovery, healing and empowering of adolescent/s undergoing grief.
The two day Conference is especially designed for school administrators, guidance counselors, social workers, medical professional parents, youth organizations, and related support groups, among others.
September 8, 2015 – 8 – 10 am. Press Conference for Dr. Ronald Gress and Dr. Robert Laugher with the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) at Annabel’s Quezon City.
September 8, 2015 – 4 – 5 pm. Dr. Ronald Gress, Chief, Experimental Transplantation and Immunology Branch and Deputy Director of the Center for Cancer Research, National Institutes ofHealth (NIH) Bethesda Washington, USA to deliver a lecture during the Annual Convention of Hematologists.
September 8 to 11, 2015. Dr. Ronald Gress to meet with various stakeholders to discuss on bringing cutting edge technology into the country. NIH and EPCALM have linked work together towards the comprehensive care of leukemia.
September 12, 2015. “Living Our Loss (LOL)” -TEEN SESSION. 5th Floor, St. Lukes Medical Center, Global City. Adolescents are at a fragile time when loss is experienced. Often their outward behavior and talk may be bravado attempting to cover that fragility. Life is complicated for any teen, but for bereaved teenagers, the complications are greatly intensified. When they gain insight into their own grief process and have a safe place to express grief, they can find relief from the emotional pain.
Sharing with other teens in a safe and caring environment can ease the tension, soothe the fright, and fill the isolation. It is immensely beneficial to know that “I’m not the only one who feels this way.”
It is the goal of this one day session to help teens recognize and explore grief and acquire tools that promote healing.
This conference is designed to reach out to the youth as we see it relevant to address the many issues of our youth today. These issues can be traced to a form of unidentified or unprocessed grief that gets manifested in various unproductive ways that ultimately affects the health and productivity of our society.
September 27, 2015. Blood drive in partnership with Philippine Red Cross. Venue to be arranged.