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Patient Stories

  • Kelli Laird-Ore

    09/12/2016

  • George Florentine

    04/18/2016

    Florentine discovered lumps on his neck in February of 2010. He had 24 weeks of chemotherapy treatment and, despite some breathing problems that landed him in the hospital for a few days, things looked good after three months of clean reports. In December, the cancer returned and with options narrowing, his Boulder oncologist recommended a stem cell transplant. Florentine was referred to the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center (CBCI). "I wasn't ready to be dead yet," he says.

  • Shelia Gannon

    04/18/2016

    Five years brings a lot of healing. I’m back to enjoying the outdoors with my family.

  • Monica Avila

    04/18/2016

    The phone call on a Friday in April, 2008 announcing, “You have leukemia,” hit Monica Avila like a lightning bolt. She was 21 years old and studying for her last set of final exams at Johnson & Wales University before graduation.

  • Christina Schnese

    04/18/2016

    A student walking through a Massachusetts college campus engaged in one small act of kindness that saved the life of a Denver-area woman and started what both say will be a life of friendship and activism for stem cell and bone marrow transplants.

  • Rob Zeis

    04/13/2016

    As I reflect back on the past two years, the one thing I am certain of is that our lives were upended and changed forever.

  • Barbara Hansen

    04/13/2016

    Cancer may have cost me my hair temporarily and two inches in my spine, but I gained wonderful new friends, some of whom are also survivors, a new outlook on life and a renewed immune system through my stem cell transplant.

  • Connie Deffert

    04/07/2016

    My cancer is a rare one, one that only affects 3 out of one million people each year in the U.S. When my cancer came back following chemotherapy, I was thankful to have access to a clinical trial, which is now helping to control my cancer.

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