Leukemia Patient Stories

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Young woman who beat leukemia celebrates two birthdays

“To have two birthdays a year is a real gift,” says Amanda Pope. On July 20, 2010, she underwent a stem cell transplant at Siteman Cancer Center that cured her leukemia and gave her a second chance at life – a rebirth that she will never forget.

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Kelly Storto

Former Air Force mechanic overcomes AML

When Jon Kelly Storto went to the doctor for a physical prior to his 50th birthday, he believed he was in perfect health.

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Dr. Thomas Lehner shares his transplant journey

Dr. Thomas Lehner shared these thoughts during the 25th Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program’s Patient Celebration in September 2018.

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Ron and Debbie Covilli

Transplant recipient reaches out to other patients

St. Charles, Mo., resident Ron Covilli says his fight with leukemia taught him the value of family and friends and made him a better person. He now shares his story with other cancer patients.

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Sanela with Dr Dipersio

Mother of two tells her bone marrow transplant story

In her own words, Sanela McKinney describes what it was like to be diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia and to endure years of treatment that culminated in 2010 with a bone marrow transplant.

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Wartman Lucas

After surviving leukemia, doctor continues to fight his disease

While attending the Washington University School of Medicine, Lukas Wartman, MD, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. He now researches the genetic causes of leukemia and treats patients at the Siteman Cancer Center.

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