It's expected that more than 1 million people worldwide will have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant to treat a blood cancer by 2012. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has done ground-breaking work in bone marrow transplants since 1969 and performs between 450-500 adult and pediatric transplants every year.
Ansley Riedel was diagnosed with leukemia when she was just 10 months old and later had a bone marrow transplant at age 3. Ansley's parents later discovered their 4-month-old son Joseph was a perfect match for Ansley and made the tough decision to have him donate his marrow, which made him one of the youngest related marrow donors ever at the time. Their physician, Dr. Jean Sanders from Fred Hutchinson is an expert in pediatric bone marrow and stem cell transplants.
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A new European-style cycling event for all levels is taking place on July 23 to benefit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program. The Echelon Gran Fondo features 30-, 70- and 100-mile courses between Kingston and Port Townsend. One of the 100-mile options includes a timed 17-mile climb up Hurricane Ridge! Sign up or learn more by clicking here.