Guests were in tears earlier this month as a toddler walked down the aisle at the wedding of the woman who saved her life. — Read on abcnews.go.com/GMA/Family/year-cancer-survivor-flower-girl-bone-marrow-donors/story
Anya LeFrancis (Photo courtesy of the LeFrancis family) CHESTER TOWNSHIP – In March, we brought you the story of young Anya LeFrancis, who has been battling leukemia for the better part of five years. An all-out push for bone marrow donors landed what her donation center refers to as a 10 out of 10 match, but Anya is not yet in the clear. Since undergoing a transplant in mid-June, Anya has been recovering at home, letting her body adjust. According to family friend Carolina Rodriguez, the 9-year-old is about halfway through a crucial, 100-day post-transplant period, and is still having trouble drinking, eating and fighting off nausea. So Rodriguez and others in the community are joining forces with the donation center, DKMS, to raise money and help not only Anya’s family, but also those out there who are still desperate for donors. One of those fundraising efforts is centered at Taylor’s Ice Cream Parlor, which is giving July proceeds from the sale of vanilla and strawberry ice creams (renamed Anya Victorious Vanilla and Anya Strong Strawberry) to the cause. July is National Ice Cream Month, which DKMS community engagement manager Melanie Freeman said is an appropriate tie-in.
VARGHESE LAB, UC SAN DIEGOPeople with diseases of the blood often need bone marrow transplants to replace their blood-forming stem cells with those from healthy donors. But before those transplants, patients must eliminate their own bone marrow lest it compete with the introduced cells, and that process, which involves high doses of radiation and often … Continue reading “Synthetic Bones: A Better Bone-Marrow Transplant? – The Scientist”
GENESEO — Trevor Schefsky’s battle of a rare genetic condition began at birth. Now a sophomore at Geneseo High School, that battle likely will make him miss the start of his high school junior year. Mr. Schefsky, along with his parents, Tony and Lori Schefsky, and hsi brother, Zach, are at the Children’s Hospital in … Continue reading “Geneseo sophomore prepares for bone marrow transplant – Quad-Cities Online”
Researchers at Mount Sinai Health System have discovered a way to predict whether blood cancer patients who received a bone marrow transplant will develop graft-versus-host disease, a common and often lethal complication, according to a study published in JCI (The Journal of Clinical Investigation) Insight. This international study at 11 cancer centers examined blood samples … Continue reading “Doctors create ‘MAGIC algorithm’ to predict bone marrow transplant patients’ risk of dying – Science Daily”
ALEXANDRIA, VA. (WUSA9) – An Alexandria, Va. boy is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. Eleven-year-old Jack Creedon was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (LLS) in November of 2015. But now, even after several attempts to find matching donors, only one donor remains compatible and Jack’s chances for survival depend on the number … Continue reading “Va. boy needs a bone marrow transplant – WUSA9.com”
It’s been a tough road for 9 year-old Chad Grosch. Diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, he appeared to have beaten the disease by spring of the following year. “I kicked cancer’s butt!”, declared Chad as he took his last chemotherapy treatment in April of 2015. Chad and his family were exuberant. But just months later, … Continue reading “Luling boy receives bone marrow transplant – WDSU New Orleans”
JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL)- On Saturday the community in Boones Creek rallied around a brave 4-year-old in need of a bone marrow transplant. Kaden Haynes was diagnosed back in March with MDS, also known as Myelodysplastic syndrome. Kaden’s father, Nathan, said he is now receiving treatment at St. Jude in Memphis. “He has just completed a … Continue reading “Community rallies around 4-year-old in need of bone marrow transplant – WJHL”