Grateful survivors gather at BMT reunion

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Grateful survivors gather at BMT reunion

Nearly 200 former patients attended the seventh Bone Marrow Transplant Survivor Reunion at Fred Hutch on July 24-25, 2015. Transplant recipients and their donors, families and caregivers shared stories, heard presentations about new advances in treatment, saw labs where groundbreaking research is taking place and celebrated with a reception at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry. “This weekend is to honor all of you,” said Dr. Fred Appelbaum, Fred Hutch deputy director and executive vice president.

Bina Sugumar, a research tech in the Susan Parkhurst Lab, shows fruit flies to Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion attendees on July 24 at Fred Hutch.

Bina Sugumar, a research tech in the Susan Parkhurst Lab, shows fruit flies to Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion attendees on July 24 at Fred Hutch.
Photo by Bo Jungmayer / Fred Hutch

Jessica Horton, right, reads her daughter Molly’s 'I am grateful for' card.

Jessica Horton, right, reads her daughter Molly’s “I am grateful for” card. Linda Horton, Jessica’s mother and Molly’s grandmother, looks over her shoulder. Molly, 13, is a seven-year BMT survivor. The Hortons are from Gig Harbor, Wash.
Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch
 

Molly Horton’s 'grateful' card.

Molly Horton’s 'grateful' card.
Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch

Bone marrow transplant reunion attendees acknowledge Dr. Rainer Storb.

Bone marrow transplant reunion attendees acknowledge Dr. Rainer Storb as his professional accomplishments are read during his introduction at the BMT reunion on the Fred Hutch campus in Seattle on July 24.
Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch

Cindi Cervone and her husband, David, a 30-year transplant survivor from Sterling Heights, Mich., listen to Dr. Fred Appelbaum speak during the welcome reception.

Cindi Cervone and her husband, David, a 30-year transplant survivor from Sterling Heights, Mich., listen to Dr. Fred Appelbaum speak during the welcome reception.
Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch

Kate Pittman, from Lilburn, Ga., hugs a fellow survivor at the BMT reunion at Fred Hutch.

Kate Pittman, from Lilburn, Ga., hugs a fellow survivor at the BMT reunion at Fred Hutch.
Photo by Bo Jungmayer / Fred Hutch

Fred Hutch President and Director  Dr. Gary Gilliland thanks BMT survivors and their families

Fred Hutch President and Director  Dr. Gary Gilliland thanks BMT survivors and their families for helping to push cancer research forward during his speech at the BMT reception July 25 at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry.
Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch

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Nearly 200 transplant survivors attended the seventh Bone Marrow Transplant Survivor Reunion July 24-25, 2015 at Fred Hutch. Every survivor has an incredible story. Here are just a few.

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Dana Smith

“I feel like I’ve been very blessed with the opportunity to see my children be raised to adulthood, and now they’re in school and starting to be productive in society — it gives me great satisfaction.”

Dana Smith, Spokane, Wash.
Transplant: 1996

Kim Murphy

“[Cancer] has given me an appreciation for life — how short it is, and how beautiful it can be — and for the people who spend their lives committed to research and helping people with deadly diseases. When that [diagnosis] moment arrives … It’s like falling off a ladder or a traffic accident. Your life changes in an instant and you know it’s never going to be the same again.”

Kim Murphy, Victoria, Texas
Transplant: 1998

Tanisha King

“I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else [than Fred Hutch] ... It’s so very therapeutic. Just opening the window and catching the breeze, or hearing the seagulls — it’s very Zen like. It’s a very healing environment. The little things helped me turn the corner and helped me move forward with myself.”

Tanisha King, Houston
Transplant: 1994

Jay Feinberg

“I do feel [my blood cancer diagnosis] gave me the opportunity, after my treatment and cure, to be able to give back and pay it forward and help others in need, and try to motivate people to help others by becoming bone marrow donors.”

Jay Feinberg, Boca Raton, Fla.
Transplant: 1995

Darrell Barstow

“In some ways, I’m almost glad I had the cancer. It’s easy for me to say that because I had  a very good outcome, but because of what I’ve gone through, I appreciate and enjoy things so much more now than I otherwise would have.”


Darrell Barstow, Puyallup, Wash.
Transplant: 1998

 

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