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Patient Stories

Jesse Quinn, cord blood recipient, with her family

Jessie Quinn

Photo by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Fred Hutch research breakthrough treats acute myelogenous leukemia

Jessie Quinn is an acute myelogenous leukemia survivor, a mother, wife, scientist—and pioneer. In September 2010, she was the first to participate in a Seattle Cancer Care Alliance  clinical study led by Colleen S. Delaney, MD, that is making cord blood transplants a more effective option for adults.

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Jenna Gibson

Jenna Gibson

Photo by robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service

'This little bag of cells is going to save her life'

Jenna Gibson, 12, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia when she was 9 years old. She was treated with a cord blood transplant. She and her mother, Julie, shared their story.

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Kyra Diaz

Photo by Craig Terrones for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

'It made me more grateful'

Kyra Diaz is just 11 years old, but she has stared down challenges few adults have faced. An extraordinary girl contends with a rare, life-threatening blood disease — and undergoes a made-to-order clinical study in cord-blood transplantation

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Aimee Fagan, wife of Hugh, former patient, with Dr. Colleen Delaney

Aimee Fagan, wife of Hugh, former patient, with Dr. Colleen Delaney

Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service

'A chance to hope": leukemia survivor, family reunite with favorite doctor

The trio locked eyes then locked arms – their first reunion since the grim days when Hugh Fagan’s survival seemed lost.

As Fagan stepped from that embrace, his wife, Aimee, held tight to her favorite scientist, Dr. Colleen Delaney. In a busy lobby at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in mid-August, Aimee kept hugging – and kept crying.

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Every patient, care-giver or family has a compelling story to tell about the journey they went through to get a cord blood transplant and the special care they received. We invite you to share your story.