Wednesday, 24 February 2010 05:44

Gregory Pacheco

Written by Tony Howard

Gregory Pacheco
Castleman’s Disease Patient,
Campaigner for CD Research
Pasa Robles, California, United States

Greg Pacheco is a 3rd generation native from the small town of Paso Robles in California.  He was diagnosed with Multicentric Castleman’s Disease in June 2004 after a number of misdiagnosis over the preceding 16 months.  After struggling with the symptoms of CD he finally found himself at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on a clinical trial for a new drug being developed not yet approved by the FDA.  Since that time Greg’s disease is under control and he still travels to Little Rock from his home in California to receive treatments under the care of Dr. van Rhee.

Currently Greg is on the board of directors and serves as the face for the charitable non-profit organization Castleman’s Awareness and Research Effort (C.A.R.E.).  C.A.R.E. was established by Greg’s family and friends to raise funds for Castleman’s Disease research and to bring public awareness to this rare and deadly disease.  Recently the Gregory R. Pacheco Castleman’s Disease Research Laboratory at UAMS has been dedicated in his honor to conduct research exclusively for Castleman’s Disease.