Dr. Richard Rockefeller, who was a practicing family physician and also the great-grandson of the industrialist John D. Rockefeller, was diagnosed with CML in October 2000. He went first on Interferon and after on Gleevec. He responded very well on Gleevec. He was in complete remission until his death in June 2014 by an airplane accident. He chaired the U.S. Advisory Board of Doctors Without Borders from 1989 until 2010, and served on the board of Rockefeller University until 2006. He helped the CMLers learn about CML by his informative posts in patient group discussion. He supported the Paul O'Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre at Glasgow's Gartnavel Hospital. Professor Tessa Holyoake is Director of this research center. Her pioneering lab work focuses on how cancer stem cells can trigger the return of CML.
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