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Cancer Research Pioneer Dies

Dr. John H. Kersey

Dr. John H. Kersey (photo: University of Minnesota)

Dr. John Kersey who successfully completed the world’s first bone marrow transplant for lymphoma in 1975, died last week at the age of 74.

Dr. Kersey was a research pioneer, longtime professor and head of the University of Minnesota team. He was founding director of the University’s Cancer Center, which became a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in 1998. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 from the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

The first lymphoma patient that Dr. Kersey cured, Dave Stahl, is still alive today. Dave was 16 at the time of his transplant and had a rare form of cancer – Birkitt’s Lymphoma.

Click here to read University of Minnesota’s article.

Click here to read Minnesota Public Radio’s article.

Lifeline Project Profiles: Ana, Eugene, and John

Meet Ana, Eugene, and John. They are the latest Lifeline Project participants to be profiled in our ongoing series highlighting the needs of transplant patients.

Ana

Lifeline Participant Ana

Ana

Ana was initially diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in December of 2009. She was treated with six cycles of R-CHOP chemotherapy and went into remission in June of 2010. Unfortunately she relapsed a year later and would need to undergo more chemotherapy as well as an autologous stem cell transplant. Ana has been through a lengthy treatment and could use help with her medical expenses.

Eugene

Lifeline Participant Eugene

Eugene

Eugene is a former case manager, social worker, and secondary school teacher whose working career was cut short in January of 2009 when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Despite undergoing treatment and a bone marrow transplant his cancer is still not in remission. Eugene is continuing to undergo treatment, which has put him and his wife in a difficult financial situation. Neither of them can maintain employment while they focus on his care and they are desperately in need of assistance with their rent payments.

John

Lifeline Participant John

John

John was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in April of 2010. Since that time he has undergone multiple rounds of chemotherapy, several blood transfusions, and a bone marrow transplant. As a result of the lengthy treatment, John could not return to work and was terminated by his employer. His wife, Debra, also needed to stop working in order to be his caregiver. They are now faced with multiple expenses, including the additional cost of housing near the transplant center. Despite the challenges they are focusing on the future and have just celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.

To help these or any of the Lifeline Project participants, click here.

Lifeline Project Profiles: Margaret, Juwuan, and Monica

Meet Margaret, Juwuan, and Monica. They are the latest Lifeline Project participants to be profiled in our ongoing series highlighting the needs of transplant patients.

Margaret

Lifeline Participant Margaret

Margaret

Margaret, a devoted wife and mother, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in September 2011. She has been enduring chemotherapy, blood transfusions, IV therapies, and out-of-state travel in order to receive treatment. Margaret is now preparing for a stem cell transplant, but needs assistance with the cost of the donor search process and other related medical expenses. Any support would be greatly appreciated by Margaret and her family.

Lifeline Participant Juwuan

Juwuan

Juwuan

Juwuan, the youngest boy of seven siblings, is ten years old and preparing for a bone marrow transplant. In November of 2011, he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), and since then, he has been hospitalized continuously. As a fifth grade, honor roll student, Juwuan’s favorite subjects are math and science. He also enjoys playing football and competing in wrestling tournaments. Aside from school and sports, he loves to spend time with his family, friends, and two dogs, Lady and Solo. Juwuan and his family would benefit from financial assistance for his medical expenses so that they can focus on getting him healthy and back to his favorite activities.

Lifeline Participant Monica

Monica

Monica

Monica is a 30 year old single mother of a beautiful nine year old daughter. She was first diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in February 2011 and was treated with six rounds of chemotherapy. In July, she found out the cancer had returned and now she must undergo another course of chemotherapy in preparation for a bone marrow transplant. Monica, who has always worked hard to provide for her daughter, is finding it very difficult to take care of their needs during her lengthy treatment. She would greatly benefit from any donations that could be made to help with their increasing expenses.

To help these or any of the Lifeline Project participants, click here.

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