Persian American Cancer Institute (PACI) playing crucial role in fighting cancer and saving lives
November 25, 2009 – The Persian American Cancer Institute (PACI) is a non-profit organization founded in 2005 in Southern California by cancer survivor Hoori Sadler to increase the awareness and participation of Iranian Americans in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. With the support and endorsements of some of the best known cancer institutes, community leaders, activists and survivors, PACI has played a crucial role in the battle against cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, this year 562,340 Americans died of cancer and a total of 1,479,350 new cases of the disease were reported. Accordingly, cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S.
As part of its efforts in the battle against cancer and in order to increase the chance of finding a match for those in need with Persian ethnic backgrounds, PACI has for the past few months hosted various bone marrow drives and registered over 800 individuals with the National Bone Marrow Registry. Just last month, Mrs. Sadler was invited to attend a breakfast with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, where she discussed the issues regarding bone marrow registration for minorities in the U.S. Speaker Pelosi expressed much interest in the efforts of PACI and in working to get minorities adequately represented in the National Bone Marrow Industry.
PAAIA commends PACI for its efforts, and urges all Iranian Americans to consider GIVING THE GIFT OF LIFE by registering as a donor with the Bone Marrow National Registry.
Click here to learn more about PACI and registering for free as a donor with the Bone Marrow National Registry.