"I feel very blessed to have survived CML and now have the chance to contribute to processes that will lead to a cure." Kelvin Dickenson has been cancer-free for five years and credits the disease with allowing him the opportunity to meet many special people whom he may otherwise not have met. Since being diagnosed with CML, Kelvin has spent many hours becoming "medically educated," and has realized the importance of health, fitness, and nutrition in daily life. He volunteers in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's First Connection Program, a peer-to-peer program that pairs newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers with a more experienced patient who can lend thoughtful, knowledgeable support. A risk management consultant for Dun and Bradstreet, Kelvin is a devoted father who loves to spend time with his two boys. He is an avid photographer and enjoys tae kwon do.
A member of the Fiscal Year 2006 and 2007 (FY06 - 07) CMLRP Integration Panel (IP), Kelvin was initially introduced to the program through his volunteer work with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Kelvin served as a member of the CMLRP peer review panel in both FY03 and FY04. Prior to joining the IP, he served as an Ad Hoc reviewer for the CMLRP programmatic review in FY05. Kelvin characterizes his time with the CMLRP as a "truly amazing experience. I have been exposed to a wide number of truly talented researchers and clinicians and witnessed a tremendous commitment to finding cures." The CMLRP is inspired by the dedication and courage of people like Kelvin Dickenson, who overcome hardships to make a positive difference in the lives of others.