"I was diagnosed with Leukemia in June of 2014 and I was referred to the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Clinic at the University of Minnesota. At the clinic I went through a series of procedures and a bone marrow transplant. All of the doctors, pharmacists and the nursing staff that treated me were exceptional and thus far I have had an excellent outcome. We are fortunate to have such a world class clinic and research facility in our area. I believe that had this happened to me 10 years ago the outcome would have been much different. We need to support the clinic and its research efforts so that future patients will have even better outcomes. As I understand it we are on the verge of several major breakthroughs in the treatment of leukemia and other blood cancers. With additional financial support we can turn those potential breakthroughs in to reality. Let's all work together to raise the funds needed to help the BMT Clinic achieve the next generation of treatments."
"I was diagnosed with MDS (RAEB2) with three cytogenetic abnormalities and told that I had a "very poor prognosis." That was January 3, 2013. Since then I have undergone over three years of chemotherapy, radiation, and pharmaceutical treatments. Each of the two transplants and two additional infusions of immune cells took me successfully into remission before being undermined by an infection. When I was first introduced to the University of Minnesota BMT Program, I was asked to join a number of research studies. I enthusiastically joined every one that I could because I feel strongly that I enjoy a longer and higher quality life due to those that were brave and intelligent enough to perform the research before me. I therefore feel it is my duty to allow my treatment to serve as a source of information for those that follow me. One of the things that makes the University of Minnesota BMT Program unique is the ultra-low staff turnover and consequent combined experience of the staff. Their combined knowledge, experience and wisdom inspired me and have helped me live longer and enjoy life more. When I speak with other patients, we agree that however busy the members of the team have been they have never failed to make us feel like they were the most important patients extant."
"About 14 years ago, following a majestic ski accident, I was diagnosed with CLL, a "non -curable but controllable" type of lymphoma. I had been a healthy runner, firefighter, ski patroller, and business owner. Two years of traditional chemotherapy and monoclonal antibody treatments proved my cancer was not curable nor controllable. My oncologist recommended a donor stem cell transplant. At age 56, in 2003, there were only two transplant centers in the United States which had done the research to provide a treatment protocol for (older) patients over 40. Thankfully, the University of MN was one of the two. Without the experience and research provided by the U, I would not be writing this tribute. The U of MN BMT program continues to lead the world and the nation in adult stem cell research and treatments for cancer and blood disorders. When I received my transplant in March of 2004, 12 years ago, the U was researching and performing the first umbilical cord blood transplants and the first non-matching (killer cell) transplants. I met patients who were receiving both these new treatments. For anyone with a cancer diagnosis, the first thought is "why me". Your next thought should be "why not the University of Minnesota"? Even after falling out of remission, I continue to be treated by the BMT staff. They have made available new and different treatments which allowed me to live until the release of a new successful targeted drug therapy, in February of 2014. Thank you, U of MN BMT Program!"
"My name is Karen and I am proud to say that I am a Cancer Survivor! In March of 2007 I received a bone marrow transplant at the U of M Fairview. The procedures, physical and emotional experiences that led up to and followed my transplant are many. Oh the stories cancer survivors can tell! The U of M is a large part of that story and was a very good choice for me and I am forever grateful for the wonderful care I received. In the years since my transplant I have seen and heard of so many success stories and happy endings! Having cancer is a life changing experience for not only the person with cancer but their family, friends and community. The advances in technology and treatment of cancer are so important. Not just the large breakthroughs in cancer treatment and prevention, but the small victories in patient care. Research can help those in treatment lead better lives and be more successful in treatment outcomes. Research is so important in battling cancer and helping patients achieve results like mine. The same research that made it possible for me to stand proud as a Survivor has advanced so much since my transplant! I look forward to a time in the future where Cancer is not the scary monster, but a treatable, preventable disease. That is a dream that only through continued research can be realized. Thank you to all of the wonderful people at U of M!"
"I was diagnosed in the fall of 2007 with Hodgkin's lymphoma. I had received one of the standard chemotherapy treatments for Hodgkin's, had an autogulous transplant, followed by radiation. I was still unable to eliminate my disease and was referred to the University of Minnesota for an allogeneic transplant. Little did I know what I would be getting myself into with this particular type of transplant, but the process was explained by my medical team in detail to me and my family at our first visit. The front desk staff, nurses, lab staff, and physicians were, and continue to be, incredible. Patient care is their top priority. The physicians work great as a team and are well ahead of the game. The hospital staff was absolutely fabulous, and made my stay as comfortable as possible. I could not have asked for better care. Choosing the U of M BMT clinic literally saved my life. I cannot express how important medical research for cancer is, as there has been much progress, new treatments, and steps in the right direction. The U of M physicians have a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and experience in the field of transplant, and I can only hope that research continues to save the lives of others."