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Friday, August 15, 2008

When the BMT Reunion Arrives ... What a Thrill to Meet The Donor

Flashback video: Christine Pechera Meets Her Donor Kent Wong at the City of Hope "Celebration of Life" Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion on April 25, 2008. With KABC's Denise Dador. This reunion experience is one that I hope to enjoy about a year from now.

Originally, we were led to believe that the identity of my overseas donor would be revealed around my one-year anniversary. But a call today to my COH transplant coordinator revealed that the donor center where my new stem cells were harvested has a 2-year policy for sharing the identity of the donor. Thus, we have another year to wait for that revelation.

Still, we are a week away from the Aug. 22 anniversary of the transplant and life is good. What a difference a year makes! This flashback video from last April helps us recall the thrilling experience of witnessing more than 3000 people, the transplant survivors and their family members who were present for the annual BMT-SCT Reunion on the campus of City of Hope. You had to be there to capture the full magnitude of the event. Guest speaker for the day was legendary retired Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda and he recalls his experience on his blog (link below).

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