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Bone Marrow Transplant Saves Leukemia Patient – Max’s Story

By Susana Shephard

Max Harris

At the age of eight, Max Harris overcame aplastic anemia, a condition that occurs when your body stops producing enough new blood cells. Successful treatment led to his recovery and several years of good health.

Years later, a visit to the dentist confirmed that his health had taken a serious turn for the worse. Severely bleeding gums during his dental exam immediately prompted Max to see his physician. The unfortunate diagnosis - acute myelogenous leukemia.

Acute myelogenous leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Upon diagnosis, Max was faced with a challenging road ahead of him - induction chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant. He shares his story of overcoming a potentially life threatening illness and how he lives his life to the fullest today.

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“From worst to first” after kidney cancer surgery

By Margaret Shepard

Jasper Johnikin

Jasper Johnikin has maintained his busy schedule of youth sports coaching after surgery to treat kidney cancer.

"At 45, I was too young to plan my own funeral," says Jasper Johnikin, an apartment complex maintenance supervisor from Milwaukee, Wis. But that's exactly what Jasper was contemplating one holiday weekend several years ago.

"I'll never forget it," he says. "My doctor called me on Memorial Day and told me I had renal cancer and there was no possible treatment."

This is devastating news for anyone; especially Jasper... who had (and still has) only one kidney. Both of his parents are deceased and he has been unable to obtain records from the children's hospital that removed his other kidney when he was just five. "I was too young to remember the events leading up to that surgery – or much about the hospital stay," says Jasper. Read the rest of this entry »

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