ABMDR PRESIDENT TO RECEIVE ST. NERSES THE GRACEFUL MEDAL

Asbarez
Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Dr. Frieda Jordan addressing the European Federation of Immunogenetics
conference in Yerevan, November 2011.

LOS ANGELES-Dr. Frieda Jordan, president of the Armenian Bone Marrow
Donor Registry, will be honored with the St. Nerses the Graceful (St.

Nerses Shnorhali) Medal, which was bestowed on her by His Holiness
Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.

The medal, accompanied by a Pontifical Encyclical, will be presented
to Dr. Jordan by Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western
Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, on Sunday, July 8, upon
the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral,
in Burbank, California.

The St. Nerses the Graceful Medal is being conferred on Dr. Jordan
in recognition of her outstanding service to the Armenian nation
since 1999. That year, Dr. Jordan co-founded the Armenian Bone Marrow
Donor Registry (ABMDR), in order to help Armenians worldwide survive
life-threatening blood-related illnesses by recruiting potential
bone marrow donors, matching donors to those who require bone marrow
transplants, and raising public awareness of critical health issues.

Archbishop Derderian, who had recommended to the Catholicosate to
confer the St. Nerses the Graceful Medal on Dr. Jordan, said, "Dr.

Jordan, along with ABMDR's corps of selfless volunteers, has helped
mobilize Armenian communities throughout the globe to advance
the life-saving mission of the registry. Moreover, thanks to
Dr. Jordan's persistent efforts, the registry was able to establish
a first-of-its-kind Stem Cell Harvesting Center in Yerevan, and last
year Armenia became the first country in the Caucasus Region to host
an international meeting of the European Federation of Immunogenetics.

Given these accomplishments and the fact that she tirelessly helps
expand the ranks of ABMDR, Dr. Jordan personifies the highest ideals
of humanitarian service."

After the Western Diocese announced that Dr. Jordan was to receive the
St. Nerses the Graceful Medal, she stated, "This is an extraordinary
honor, and one that I will cherish with the entire ABMDR family of
volunteers and supporters."

Dr. Jordan continued: "I convey my profound gratitude to His Holiness
Karekin II as well as Archbishop Derderian, whose exceptional
support of the registry is an ongoing source of inspiration for our
entire community. By informing congregations about the ABMDR mission,
highlighting our work during special Days of Prayer, encouraging us to
make presentations before the public, and facilitating our recruitment
efforts at Diocese churches, Archbishop Derderian continues to be a
genuine pillar of our cause."

The Divine Liturgy on July 8, starting at 10:30 a.m., will be
celebrated by Rev. Father Khajag Shahbazyan, Pastor of St. Leon
Cathedral. The church is located at 3325 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank.

About the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry: Established in 1999,
ABMDR, a nonprofit organization, helps Armenians worldwide survive
life-threatening blood-related illnesses by recruiting and matching
donors to those requiring bone marrow stem cell transplants. To date,
the registry has recruited over 22,000 donors in 15 countries across
three continents, identified 2,135 patients, and facilitated 13 bone
marrow transplants.

For more information, call (323) 663-3609 or visit abmdr.am.




From: A. Papazian