Lifeline Project Profiles: Chad, Marcel, and Miles

Meet Chad, Marcel, and Miles. They are the latest Lifeline Project participants to be profiled in our ongoing series highlighting the needs of transplant patients.


Lifeline Project Participant: Chad


Chad had hopes of becoming a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, but in 2009 he was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare blood disorder that has sidelined his ability to train and fight. After over two years of various medications, blood transfusions, and hospital admissions, Chad finally received an unrelated donor stem cell transplant in April of 2011. He is now recovering with the hope of staying involved in MMA, but he needs financial support for post transplant expenses.


Lifeline Project Participant


Marcel is a sweet and loving three-year-old boy who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. He has undergone six cycles of chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, and is now receiving radiation therapy. Despite his disease, treatment, and prognosis, he has always been a strong little man with a great attitude and a huge desire to live. Unfortunately, his radiation treatments are adding extra emotional and financial stress on the family. Assistance with these expenses would greatly benefit the family.


Lifeline Project Participant: Miles


Ten-year-old Miles was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) in November of 2010 and underwent a bone marrow transplant this past April. Miles also needed to have surgery on his left eye in order to save his eyesight. Although he has endured so much he has still maintained his desire to laugh, crack jokes, and make funny faces. However, his lengthy hospitalization has caused a financial strain on his family and they could use some assistance with his medical expenses.

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


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About The Bone Marrow Foundation

Founded in 1992, The Bone Marrow Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bone marrow, stem cell, and cord blood transplant patients and their families by providing vital financial assistance, emotional support, and comprehensive educational programs. The Foundation is the only organization of its kind that does not limit assistance to a specific disease, type of transplant or age range.

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