Ed crop2On Friday June 15th several of our honored BMT staff were invited to celebrate life with a patient who is close to our hearts. Ed Reifenberg and his wife, Joann, hosted a celebration in remembrance of Ed’s bone marrow transplant in 1998.  Ed’s wife Joann was his caregiver for his transplant.  Ed along with friends and family celebrated the last 20 years and the second chance at life his transplant continues to give him.

Skye Savren-McCormickThe UAB Blood and Marrow Transplantation Therapy Program performed a bone marrow harvest that has produced a beautiful and an unexpected friendship. Hayden Hatfield Ryals signed up to be a marrow donor and ended up not only being a perfect match, but also saving the life of Skye Savren-McCormick, who was suffering from junvenile myelomonocytic leukemia at the time.

Jimmy RobersonAfter being diagnosed with aplastic anemia, two unsuccessful chemotherapy treatments, 50 blood transfusions, and more than 25 platelet injections, Jimmy Roberson finally met who he says is his angel here on Earth. Her name is Alina Franke, a 27-year-old Hamburg, Germany, native who donated stem cells way back in 2009, all because she hoped to help someone in need one day. 

Monette BrownI still remember it like yesterday. On August 16th, 2013 I received the call that I had Leukemia. Three months later, I was having a bone marrow transplant. And just as short as those 2 sentences were, is just how fast everything seemed to be happening! In February 2013, I relocated to Birmingham with my job. Then, six months later, I received my diagnosis. At the time, I couldn’t understand how in the world this could have happened. I just uprooted my family.