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Four-time cancer survivor shares journey through new book

Chris Hamilton

Author and cancer survivor Chris Hamilton

In his new book, CHE-MOment, Chris Hamilton, a four-time cancer survivor, tells the story of his most recent battle. He details the incredible physical, emotional, and medical struggles he and his family faced and describes “key moments” that changed his life, faith, and attitude. The book was also an opportunity for Chris to “pay it forward” and help other cancer patients with their own journeys.

After eight months of surgeries and radiation to treat cancer in his tonsils and his thyroid, Chris learned in November of 2011 that he had acute myeloid leukemia. Fortunately, Chris’ only sibling, his brother Billy, was a perfect donor match, and after chemotherapy put Chris into remission, Billy’s stem cells were successfully transplanted. The journey did not end there as post-transplant care can be long and the effects difficult.

A portion of the profits from the sale of Chris’ book will be donated to charity, including The Bone Marrow Foundation. The Foundation was first introduced to the Hamilton family when Chris opened a One-to-One Fund to help manage financial donations during his lengthy treatment and post-transplant care.

For more information about how to purchase a copy of CHE-MOment, visit che-moment.com. To listen to a radio interview with Chris, click here.

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Lifeline Project Profiles: Roy, Pam, and Sandra

Meet Roy, Pam, and Sandra. They are the latest Lifeline Project participants to be profiled in our ongoing series highlighting the needs of transplant patients.

Lifeline Participant Roy

Roy

Roy

Roy was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2003. After receiving chemotherapy and radiation, he went into remission, but in 2009 he relapsed. Roy then underwent salvage chemotherapy followed by an autologous stem cell transplant in 2010. Unfortunately, Roy relapsed again and is preparing for an allogeneic transplant. His sister is a 100% match and will be his donor. In order to afford his continued treatment, Roy needs help with his insurance premiums.

Lifeline Participant Pam

Pam

Pam

Pam, a special education teacher, was diagnosed with stage III multiple myeloma in December of 2010. She had to undergo radiation and chemotherapy, as well as two back surgeries to correct the damage the cancer caused to her vertebrae. Pam spent six months in the hospital and was unable to walk independently for five months. She is now displaced from her home once again while she receives a stem cell transplant. Pam is in need of assistance with her living expenses.

Lifeline Participant Sanda

Sandra

Sandra

Sandra was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in 2008. She underwent an allogeneic stem cell transplant and her sister was her perfect match donor. Sandra was a music teacher, but has been unable to work due to treatment. Despite everything she has been through, she continues to savor life each day, living it with enthusiasm, passion and gratitude. Assistance with post-transplant related expenses would help Sandra return to teaching, singing, and recording.

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

Lifeline Project Profiles: Terri, Todd, and Cesar

Meet Terri, Todd, and Cesar. They are all parents and they are the latest Lifeline Project participants to be profiled in our ongoing series highlighting the needs of transplant patients.

Terri

Lifeline Participant Terri

Terri

Terri, a single mother of two sons, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2009. Since her diagnosis, she has endured a steady routine of doctor visits, chemotherapy, blood transfusions, medicine for bone strengthening, and an autologous stem cell transplant. This treatment routine has prevented Terri from being able to work, and without a job, she hasn’t been able to acquire proper health insurance. In addition to her long and challenging recovery, she is in need of financial help with medical and living expenses.

Lifeline Participant Todd

Todd

Todd

Todd, a police sergeant for nearly 25 years, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) in December of 2010. He underwent aggressive chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant. His wife and daughter traveled with him to the transplant center, while their two sons take care of the family home. The family needs assistance with gas, co-pays, and other living expenses.

Cesar

Lifeline Participant Cesar

Cesar

Cesar, a single parent with two children, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2008. Since that time he has undergone chemotherapy and is about to receive a bone marrow transplant. As a result of his lengthy treatment process, he lost his job, so it has been difficult to cover all of his medical and living expenses. Any funding would help Cesar get back on his feet and return to work once he has finished treatment.

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