Myeloma Center


January 14, 2020

Grateful Cancer Patient Pedals to Promote Myeloma Center

Linda Haymes

David Sutton of St. Petersburg, Florida, recently completed a five-day bike ride to raise $7,000 for the Myeloma Center.

David Sutton of St. Petersburg, Florida, was 42 and had an 18-month-old son when, on New Year’s Eve of 2004, he was diagnosed with myeloma and given a bleak prognosis from a cancer treatment center near his home. In response, his local oncologist sent him to the UAMS Myeloma Center for a second opinion. “I…


November 12, 2019

Drag Racer, Specialty Mechanic Praises Treatment at Myeloma Center

Linda Haymes

"I was determined to find the best place I could go for treatment," said drag racer and specialty mechanic Brian Macy, 49, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, pictured here with wife Heather.

Drag racer and specialty mechanic Brian Macy, 49,was diagnosed with myeloma in June 2016. Just a little more than a year later, he was back on track, literally. Macy, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, owns Horsepower Connection, an automotive customization shop that specializes in electronic fuel injection programming and conversions of older domestic cars and…


November 5, 2019

International Myeloma Foundation Partners with UAMS for Regional Workshop

Linda Haymes

Carolina Schinke, M.D., of the Myeloma Center and Kelly Cox with the International Myeloma Foundation took part in the recent regional workshop for patients in Little Rock.

UAMS Myeloma Center patients, caregivers and staff from across Arkansas and surrounding states spent a recent Saturday learning more about myeloma, a rare blood disease, and how to live successfully with it. “Knowledge truly is power,” said Kelly Cox, of the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF), in welcoming the crowd of nearly 60 attendees to the…


September 23, 2019

Little Rock Volunteer Uses Love of Knitting to Give to UAMS Cancer Patients

Linda Haymes

“I knew there was a need so I began by making 50 or more hats a year,” said Ferren, 54, a former elementary school teacher who is legally blind.

Carolaina Ferren uses her knitting needles, crochet hooks, and bundles of yarn to share her empathy with those who are battling cancer. “I knew there was a need so I began by making 50 or more hats a year,” said Ferren, 54, a former elementary school teacher who is legally blind. “A lot of knitting…


September 13, 2019

Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., Named UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Director

Susan Van Dusen

Michael Birrer

Internationally recognized medical oncologist Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., has been named vice chancellor and director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Birrer specializes in gynecologic cancers and will join the university by the end of the year.


August 22, 2019

Woman Resumes Humanitarian Trips to China after Myeloma Treatment

Linda Haymes

Myeloma patient Cindy Sites of Springfield, Missouri, and her husband, Doug, credit her physicians at UAMS with extending her life and allowing her to see her first grandchild.

Cindy Sites loves sharing the gift of music with others. Whenever she visits the Myeloma Center in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, she likes playing the Steinway grand piano in the lobby. “I usually play for an hour or so in between my tests or while waiting for my appointments,” Sites, 57, said….


August 8, 2019

UAMS Myeloma Researcher Awarded Nearly $543,000 from Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Linda Haymes

UAMS Myeloma Researcher Awarded Nearly $543,000 from Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

LITTLE ROCK — Brian Walker, Ph.D., with the Myeloma Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $542,486, three-year grant from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to look at changes in the DNA sequence that effects the development and advancement of multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells in the…


July 23, 2019

Former UAMS Physician, Renowned for Introducing Benchmark Chemotherapy, Returning to Myeloma Center

Linda Haymes

Guido J.K. Tricot, M.D., Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Guido J.K. Tricot, M.D., Ph.D., has rejoined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), and will see patients at its Myeloma Center. While at UAMS previously, Tricot developed one of the most effective first-line therapies for multiple myeloma, now used around the world. “We are thrilled to have Dr. Tricot rejoin…


July 11, 2019

Subaru, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Blanketing Myeloma Patients with Love

Linda Haymes

Myeloma patient John Tyler of Conway accepts a blanket from Shane Haas, communications manager of Subaru of Little Rock

July 12, 2019 | Patients undergoing treatment at the UAMS Myeloma Center received throw blankets recently along with written messages of hope, courtesy of the Subaru Loves to Care initiative. Six employees from the Subaru of Little Rock dealership — many of them with connections to cancer through their own loved ones — and the…


July 1, 2019

Cross-Country Cyclists Stop by UAMS Cancer Institute to Promote Research and Fundraising

Linda Haymes

Myeloma patient Melissa Durham of Strawberry, Arkansas, and her husband Eddie visited with nearly 30 students from The University of Texas at Austin in Texas who recently visted the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. The students are part of a larger group cycling 4,000 miles from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska, in support of cancer treatment and research.

Nearly 30 students from The University of Texas at Austin in Texas, riding bikes from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska, were greeted by cheers recently when they stopped by the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. The students, part of the 2019 Texas 4000 for Cancer, the longest annual charity bike ride in the world, began…



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