A Lenexa woman has been honored by Cure Magazine for her long-time advocacy in fighting rare blood cancers.
Patricia Koenig was one of eight 2016 “heroes” recognized by the publication, which is part of Cure Media Group. Koenig was recognized in the “Commitment to the Individual” category for helping people living with a myeloproliferative neoplasm, or MPN.
MPN is a progressive disease that can affect people at any age, although it is more common in older adults. Changes in certain genes are considered to be a major cause of MPN, the publication said.
Koenig was cited by Cure because she uses her “60-year experience” with a form of the disease known as polycythemia vera “to inspire patients...At MPN conferences she seeks out newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers to help quell their uneasiness with real-life examples of courage and hope.”
Koenig had symptoms of the disease at an early age, Cure said, but it took more than 30 years for her to be correctly diagnosed. “Perhaps that is why Patricia is passionate about speaking with other...patients,” Cure said in honoring Koenig.