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A Rare Case of Aplastic Anemia Later in Life Won't Stop Me

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Al Meyer

I grew up in Louisiana - born in New Orleans and raised in Lafayette. I joined the Army, and went to Seattle and worked at Madigan General Hospital where I met my wife. I was then sent to Vietnam. After I returned, I worked for a bank in Seattle for 16 years, becoming a vice president and manager. I helped finance an auto auction as part of this job, and as a result, I fell in love with the car businesses.  I was accepted for a Ford training program that lasted for two years at a Seattle Ford dealership.

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Thankful to Be Here and Alive

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Kendra Arvon

I was a very active 17-year-old when I got the news. It was October of 2005, the beginning of high school basketball season in my hometown of Beckley, West Virginia, when I became ill. I thought it was a really bad cold or even the flu, but I was used to being sick and fighting through it, so I didn’t think much about it. I started antibiotics while I continued going to school and playing basketball. I would start to feel better for a while, then BOOM, it would hit me like lightning again. I would take more antibiotics and continue my life as usual. I thought I was tough.

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Aplastic Anemia Patient “Just Focused on Beating It”

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Brittany Springer

In February of 2011 I was 22-years-old and attending Orange Coast College. One day I began to notice that I was bruising easily. My legs were covered in bruises by the time I went to my doctor.  The doctor told me I was probably anemic and run down due to my work and school schedule. She ran a regular CBC blood test. 

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Yahn Family Raises Over $400,000 for Research

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Torry Yahn

It’s a terrible thing to lose a child. When 20-year-old Torry Yahn made her final request, “Mom, find out why” to her mother JoAnn, there was only one thing left to do. JoAnn took her grief and turned it into an advocacy effort that has raised over $415,000 for bone marrow

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Retired MDS Patient Living Life to the Fullest Since Transplant

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Kathryn Bauer

I retired from Dun & Bradstreet, after 35 years of working all over the US and Europe as a business analyst and Vice President of Operations and Data Acquisition.  I was living the life I had always aspired to -- traveling, volunteering for a number of non-profit organizations, taking the occasional consulting job, enjoying a few classes at the local college, and just having fun.

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Maggie O'Neil, Los Angeles Walk Committee

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Pat Reep

I became involved in the Hope, Steps & A Cure Walk after my mom passed away from MDS in March 2012.  I was overcome with many emotions (sadness, anger, confusion, shock, etc), and I wanted to channel those into doing something good.  So I "Googled" and found the Hope Steps & A Cure Walk, and the most incredible part was that the walk was to be held the following month (April) in my hometown of Long Beach!  I immediately jumped on board and in that next month Team Pat Reep raised $17,000 for AA&MDSIF!  At the walk, we had more than 50 walkers show up wearing shi

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