Prelate Welcomes Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry Board Members

 

On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, welcomed the visit of Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) Board members, headed by President Dr. Frieda Jordan.  The Prelate was joined by Executive Council Chair Mrs. Rima Boghossian and member Dr. Dikran Babikian.

The Prelate welcomed the guests and commended their humanitarian service, comparing it to that of the Good Samaritan.  Mrs. Boghossian also commended the devotion of the members to a noble cause.

IMG_0388Members of the ABMDR Board of Directors and Advisory Board come to the Prelacy at the start of each year to convey New Year well wishes to the Prelate and convey information about their recent and upcoming endeavors.  Dr. Jordan reported that the ABMDR had a successful year, raising the number of donors to 25,000, with hopes of raising the number to 30,000 this year on the 15th anniversary of the organization.  The members expressed gratitude for their collaboration with Memorial, Adventist, and Children’s Hospitals, and reported that members recently visited with Armenian communities in Bulgaria and Cyprus and hope to establish ties in Russia soon.  Their next meeting will be in Oslo.

In keeping with a long-established tradition, the organization requested that special prayers for patients be offered in Prelacy Churches on April 6, and announced that their annual walk-a-thon will take place on May 3rd and the annual banquet on August 10th.  ABMDR members also visit our schools to educate the youth on the organization’s mission.

Delegation member Mr. Hratch Lukassian, who recently climbed Mt. Ararat, presented the Prelate with a memento of his journey.

His Eminence presented the guests with copies of a recently published student prayer book dedicated to the mothers, prayer cards dedicated to the Year of the Armenian Mother, and the Prelacy wall calendar.

ABMDR once again thanked the Prelate for his and the Prelacy’s support and encouragement.

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