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60 Years: A Special Milestone

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1948 Ford Coupe
Originally uploaded by Jamie Amodeo June 7 marks my 60th birthday and as a member of the "boomer" generation, I am in company of 86 million baby-boomers in the USA. Every day, 12,000 of us turn 50 and 9,000 turn 60. The oldest in our generation will turn 62 this year.

But my thoughts about reaching this milestone in 2008 are shaped by these realities:

1) I am the first male in several generations for this FOXWORTH family to reach that sixth decade.

2) Without my stem cell transplant last August to cure mantle cell lymphoma, this missive could not be written.

And like the picture (inset) of a refurbished 1948 Ford Coupe, my SCT has given me more than a new lease on life - it has given me a new life. According to my doctors, my blood type, DNA, and, of course, my total immune system has changed to that of my 23-year old donor. And now, I have two birthdays per year: June 7 and August 22. And believe it or not: I rushed into this world 60 years ago, born almost 10 wee…

For these matchmakers, it’s not just about changing lives, but saving them

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Originally uploaded by mfoxw92551 Shyness is no virtue in Jill Kendall’s world. Lives depend on her ability to reach and touch as many people as she can — and convince them to potentially change the future.

As director of City of Hope’s National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) registry office, Kendall signs up potential volunteer donors for bone marrow transplants. The more people register for the list, the better the chances that ill patients will find a match, even from a donor halfway around the world.
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Photo:We were there! Can you spot Dee Dee and me in this crowd of SCT-BMT survivors at the 32nd Annual Reunion in April at City of Hope?

History of Vaccine Usage For Treating Lymphoma

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Salk Wins the Polio Vaccine Race!
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Lymphoma is an often-deadly disease that can affect anyone regardless of age, race, or lifestyle. It’s a disease in which the lymphatic system of the body is invaded by cancerous cells which may spread throughout the system from lymph node to lymph node, eventually spreading to organs such as the stomach, liver, and even the brain. To that end, much research has been done in the quest for finding a cure for this troublesome affliction. One type of research that is showing some efficiency when it comes to fighting the disease is vaccine research. Vaccines have been used throughout history to help to eradicate such disease as polio and small-pox.

The basic principle of vaccines works like this: the body can better understand how to fight an invader off if it is exposed to a small amount of the invasive entity. To that end, people get injected with small amounts of different diseases in order to teach their body exactly ho…

Cells from humans grow blood vessels in mice: study

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Stem cell research and developments are only one of the medical advancements in this fascinating area of biochemistry. As you can see from this Reuters report, now there is evidence that new blood vessels may be created (now in rats, one day in humans) from the implantation of human bone marrow. clipped from www.reuters.com WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cells taken from human bone marrow, blood and umbilical cords grew into functioning blood vessels in mice with just the right coaxing, U.S. researchers reported on Saturday. The so-called progenitor cells teamed up to form working blood vessels that connected to the circulatory systems of the mice, the team at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston reported. "What's really significant about our study is that we are using human cells that can be obtained from blood or bone marrow rather than removing and using fully developed blood vessels," said Harvard's Joyce Bischoff, who led the study.
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