Stand up to cancer: A Puyallup success story

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by JEAN ENERSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on September 10, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

More than a decade ago, a biopsy revealed John Shula had leukemia. Treating the cancer would not be easy.

Doctors eventually recommended a bone-marrow transplant, but there wasn't a suitable stem-cell donor in Washington.

Instead, a world-wide search led to an anonymous woman in Australia. Her only connection to John was a message on a postcard.

"I just hope these stem cells of mine will give you everything that you're hoping for," he read.

The transplant was his best hope - and it worked.

For the first time in 15 years, John is cancer-free.

Now he wants to personally thank the stranger who saved his life. Today, he finally got that chance.

John could barely find the words he'd been longing to say.

John's donor, Bronwyn King, says she donated her stem cells after seeing a sign encouraging people to join the donation registry. It's one more example of how we can all Stand Up To Cancer.

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