Patricia Weitsman

Patricia Weitsman

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Patricia Weitsman to discuss her life saving bone marrow transplant on Wednesday

Lecture to kick off this year's Got Swabbed? Campaign

Ohio University Professor of Political Science Patricia Weitsman and Dr. William Blum from the Ohio State University Medical Center's Division of Hematology will discuss Weitsman's 2011 life saving bone marrow transplant at 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, in Irvine Hall Auditorium.

The lecture will kick off the fifth annual Hillel at Ohio University Got Swabbed? Bone Marrow Campaign with the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. Attendees will have an opportunity to have their cheeks swabbed and enter the potential bone marrow donor database.

In spring 2011, Weitsman received a life saving bone marrow transplant from an anonymous donor with Blum serving as her primary care hematologist. Weitsman, the winner of the Ohio University 2008 Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award, recently returned to work after a lengthy medical leave.

Blum also will discuss the care of bone marrow transplant patients and how the transplants are one of the most perilous and miraculous medical procedures a patient can experience.

This lecture is sponsored by Hillel at Ohio University, Department of Political Science, University College, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, The Office of the Provost, and Gift of Life.