In Nigeria, “Ajani” means “he who wins the struggle.” In Roanoke, Virginia, it means the same thing. Ajani was diagnosed with leukemia three years ago at age two. His doctor gave him three months to life, unless he got an unrelated umbilical cord blood transplant. Fortunately, a matching cord blood
In 2003 seventeen year old Bronx, New York native Lamar went for a physical so he could play high school basketball but was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia(CML). Through the “Be The Match” resistry he would find an anonymous match more than 300 miles away in Rochester, New York where
In 1986 Cornelius was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia while still in high school. He received a bone marrow transplant from his brother and is now cured. Cornelius lives in Houston TX and has appeared in the media regarding survivor-ship and issues with living post bone marrow transplant.
‘He saved me:’ Illinois woman shows her appreciation to Adairsville donor by Margaret Ramirez, Chicago Tribune Ever since she received a bone marrow transplant two years ago, Rosalind Beard wanted to meet the man who donated his stem cells to save her life. In an emotional meeting Sunday at Loyola
Rashaan DeShay I remember the day my big brother, Akiim, was diagnosed with Leukemia. It was a Tuesday afternoon, and he had been in the hospital since Saturday because he wasn’t feeling well. The doctors admitted him because they wanted to run some tests. I had just come to the hospital to
Dimitrius Wilson Fifteen year old Dimitrius Wilson is an energetic 9th grader from Long Island New York. This extremely gifted young man is a basketball, baseball, and track athlete as well as an outstanding student excelling in technology and science. After experiencing persistent strep throat and pain in his
Loyd Jones (LJ), LJ, age 10 is the first child ever diagnosed with Hyper-Eosiniphilic Syndrome. LJ’s illness is one of the rarest forms of cancer. In fact he is the first child ever diagnosed with this disease. All others have been adults. LJ is African-American, Native American, and Latino.
Nyiah Young Nyiah, born November 6, 2005, was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia. In August of 2009, Nyiah suffered a stroke that affected both sides of her brain and left her with some residual paralysis. She was treated and diagnosed with Moya Moya Disease a thinning and separation of the
13 years-old Shakobe from New Orleans, LA suffered from a very rare disease called Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis shutting off his ability to produce red blood cells and platelets. He received frequent blood and platelet transfusions and was in need of a bone marrow transplant but did not have a match.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I’m so happy. Every time I think about it, I’m almost in tears.” This was a day before meeting an 18-year-old named Lamar Adams. McFadden saved Adams’ life, or as McFadden says, extended it, by donating his blood stem cells. McFadden signed up five years
Talented six year old Luis Danvers from Queens, NY. He learned to read at age one and wants to be a dancer when he grows up. In September 2009, Luis experienced aches, pains, and had unexplained fevers. He was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). Luis was treated with chemotherapy for
”I was diagnosed with MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome) which is a blood disorder to the bone marrow or also called “Pre-Leukemia”. I have blood and platelet transfusions twice a week to keep me alive, chemotherapy every month, stomach sickness, migraine headaches, vomiting, loss of appetite, faint, fevers and chills often.
17-year-old Taylor John has severe sickle cell disease; her best hope for a cure is a marrow transplant. Like 70 percent of patients, Taylor does not have a matching donor in her family. A self described “huge Harry Potter fan”, Taylor likens her battle to the same theme where Potter and his friends
Ashalond Daniel aka Mela, 29 of Mississippi, was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia In in April 2009 , a rare bone marrow disease. The Univ of Mississippi graduate is currently in need of a Bone Marrow Donor. Presently there are no matches in the Be The Match Registry(sm) . In the coming
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Josh Einiger / Web produced by Jennifer Matarese RIDGE, NY (WABC) — A Long Island woman died waiting for a bone marrow transplant as several of her matches backed out of the process. http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/video?id=7771948