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Leukemia Patient Stories

Transplant Recipient Reaches out to Other Patients
St. Charles, Mo., resident Ron Covilli says his fight with leukemia taught him the value of family and friends and made him a better person. He now shares his story with other cancer patients. 

Mother of Two Tells Her Transplant Story
In her own words, Sanela McKinney describes what it was like to be diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia and to endure years of treatment that culminated in 2010 with a bone marrow transplant.

After Surviving Leukemia, Doctor Continues to Fight His Disease
While attending the Washington University School of Medicine, Lukas Wartman, MD, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. He now researches the genetic causes of leukemia and treats patients at the Siteman Cancer Center.

Stem Cell Transplant Saves Man's Life
Retired construction worker Jim Whitworth was diagnosed with a form of acute myeloid leukemia in March 2008. He was told he had just a few weeks to live. Siteman physicians performed a stem-cell transplant – using cells donated by his sister – to save his life.