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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Gregory Seitter, Marketing Director, Megan Smith, Patient Access Manager, and Alyssa Brookstein, Campaign Specialist, discussed the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a volunteer driven organization focused on patient quality of life, advocacy and finding cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma.   We discussed the incidence of blood cancer and what defines it, we discussed the…
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American Cancer Society

Shawn Gines, Senior Manager, and Sean Kelly, Community Development Manager, at the American Cancer Society, discussed their community based mission to eliminate cancer through research, education and advocacy.  Shawn spoke on the organization's services, available to anyone who has heard the words, 'You have cancer.'   In Delaware there will be about 5,870 new cases this…
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Sam Lemheney- Senior Vice President of Shows & Events at Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Sam Lemhenny, Senior Vice President of Shows & Events at Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, discussed the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show, March 2 through the 10th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  We spoke about the annual event, the largest all-inside flower show in the world, and, with 250,000 expected visitors, one of the best attended. Sam described…
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Fredericka Waugh, Associate Director Diversity & Inclusion at the Alzheimers Association & Val Nunnenkamp, Co-Chair of the Party in Purple

From the Alzheimer's Association Fredericka Waugh, Associate Director for Diversity and Inclusion, and Val Nunnenkamp, Co-Chair of the Party in Purple, discussed Alzheimer's, the leading dementia diagnosed.   We discussed the unknown about the disease, how it caused and why, an what is known, that genetics plays a part in the likelihood of a diagnosis and…
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Ed Lafferty- Public Affairs Specialist at SSA

Edward Lafferty, Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration discussed the agency and its continued operations during the government shutdown and things to consider in the new year, including a review of personal finances.  We first discussed important upcoming dates for registering for Medicare, the enrollment window ends in March for those eligible, without…

Todd Harris, PhD, Executive Director of Autism Services for Devereux Pennsylvania

Todd Harris, PhD, Executive Director of Autism Services at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, discussed aging with ASD.  After a brief look at the possible biologic causes of ASD and its diagnosis, we discussed how many families worry about the early years following a diagnosis and efforts to obtain a traditional education, while forgetting the future…
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Jim Leonard, Commissioner of the Department of Records for the City of Philadelphia

City of Philadelphia Commissioner of Records, James Leonard, discussed the city's Archives and its recent move to new facilities.  He described the mission of the department, to maintain a record of the city's transactions and spoke of the collection's holdings which range from a 300 year+ William Penn city charter through recent land transactions. Since…
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