Posts tagged ‘Be The Match’


When a child has cancer: What friends and visitors should know

February 6, 2014 | by
Children with cancer
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, friends and relatives of the family often don’t know what to say, what to do, how to react. Some visitors linger for hours in the child’s hospital room, further exhausting already weary parents. Others pose grotesquely rhetorical questions: “Don’t you wish this wasn’t happening?” Ken and Diana Wolfrank share their advice on what to say, and what not to say, to parents whose child has cancer. Here, they pose for a photo at City of Hope with daughter Emma and son Gavin. Ken and Diana Wolfrank have seen…

A simple act in Rhode Island, a lifesaving transplant in Duarte

January 1, 2014 | by
Nancy Haag
Stem cell donations are usually an anonymous gift, with people who want to help others donating their lifesaving cells simply from the rightness and joy of being able to save another human being. The donor and the recipient almost never meet – except in special circumstances. On the morning of Jan. 1, 2014, at the 125th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., those special circumstances were in place. Former City of Hope patient Ben Teller met the woman who saved him from Hodgkin lymphoma: Nancy Haag. Teller had previously spoken of his journey through the disease and transplant process, but…

Bone marrow donor: Become a real-life hero — like me

October 7, 2013 | by
Shawn Ahdoot recentley donated his bone marrow to a patient at City of Hope and hopes to encourage minorites to sign up and help save a life. Photo courtesy of Shawn Ahdoot.
Shawn Ahdoot hopes to encourage minorities to sign up and help save a life. Photo courtesy of Shawn Ahdoot. Growing up, Shawn Ahdoot wanted to be just like the superheroes he saw on television, helping save lives. So as an adult, that’s what he did: He signed up to become a bone marrow donor. And then he waited. He went about living the normal life of a 19-year-old: Attended classes at California State University, Northridge, worked independently as an email marketer and then graduated with a degree in marketing in 2011. Soon after, he became the…

‘My cancer diagnosis: What I wish I’d known’ – Gus Perez

February 5, 2013 | by
Gus Perez and family
As a veteran Los Angeles city firefighter, Gus Perez thought he had experienced it all – “from bringing people into the world to seeing them leave this world – and everything in between,” including the L.A. riots and the Northridge earthquake. Ten years ago, however, he was blindsided. Gus Perez, front, shown with wife Tamara and their children Sarah and Matthew, underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2004 for chronic myelogenous leukemia. (Photo courtesy Perez family.) Applying for a transfer to the Hazardous Materials Unit in San Pedro, the 41-year-old Mission Viejo resident showed up for the…

‘My cancer diagnosis: What I wish I’d known’ – Christine Pechera

December 18, 2012 | by
Christine Pechera, bone marrow transplant survivor
One in a series of stories asking former patients to reflect upon their experience … Christine Pechera still finds it hard to watch a 2006 YouTube video imploring people to help a young woman searching for a bone marrow donor.  “My heart breaks for the poor girl,” she says.  “And then I remember: That girl was me.” Bone marrow transplant survivor Christine Pechera (center) is flanked by fiancé Guinn Davis and Rachelle DeVera, an outreach recruitment coordinator at Miracle Marrow Matches, at a donor recruitment drive at Pepperdine University. (Image courtesy of Christine Pechera) The…

A decision to help a boy in 1970s saves the life of another, decades later

June 5, 2012 | by
Photo of marrow donor Catherine Benson holding patient Gavin Wolfrank
Sometimes it takes one person’s tragedy to save the life of another. That’s what happened with the 1979 death of Anthony Nolan in England of a rare blood disease. Only 7 years old, he died before a matching bone marrow donor could be found for a transplant. But his case mobilized thousands to register to donate their own cells to people who desperately needed them. Marrow donor Catherine Benson holds patient Gavin Wolfrank. (Photo by Thomas Brown) More than three decades later, the bone marrow registry movement he inspired actually brought new life to a…